Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS

Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Sleigh or Sled and Slope 1:1 PAPERLESS
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Looking for a fun Christmas or winter activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? Christmas-Winter STEM / STEAM Challenges are the perfect activities because they engage your students in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

The basic premise:
Working against a criteria/constraints list in partners or groups, students will build a sleigh and ramp designed to transport the sleigh the greatest possible distance. (Note: there is a "Sled & Slope" version of student handouts in case you prefer a winter / non-Christmas activity.)

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Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the printable version instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

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This is one of five challenges available at a 40% discount in the Christmas/Winter STEM Bundle.

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge how-to videos
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

Student Slides
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Data Recording
- Design Analysis
- Discussion Questions

Extension slides
- Process flow map
- Create & solve math problems based on designs
- Video/website linked slides
- Design an Experiment: Reducing Friction (with sample answers)

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. )

– Cardboard, cardstock, cereal box, or paper plates
– Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
– Small bows (2)
• Bows are to symbolize gifts; small candies can be substituted (If you’re doing the Sled & Slope version, you’ll need small people to ride the sleds. Think: little, plastic, green army men. Two riders will work well.)
– Popsicle/craft sticks (10 – 15)
– Rubber bands (5 – 10)
– Foil (12 – 24 in.)
– Straws (5 – 10)
– Scissors
– Tape (12 – 24 in.)
– Ruler or measuring tape
– Copies of data recording & analyzing handouts
Optional:
• Wood scraps
• Paper bags
• Coffee filters
• Plastic cutlery
• Balloons (rocket boosters)
• String
• Cable ties

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience
- High levels of student engagement
- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60-90 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

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What do teachers have to say about this resource?
Note: Comments taken from the print version.

" My classes loved these activities. They were discussing and figuring out ways to improve their projects too. They learned a lot from these.”

“My second-graders had a great time with this challenge. It fit in well with our unit on motion, position and force. Thanks!”

“I love these STEM projects. The kids go crazy over them :)”

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You might also like these resources:

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Snow Scoop

Frosted Forest

Frozen Fortress

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE


Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

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Please check out the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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