Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS

Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
Christmas - Winter STEM Challenge Snowman Stretch 1:1 PAPERLESS
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Product Description
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 individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build the tallest free-standing snowman possible. (Option 2: Students design and build a snowman of greatest volume possible.)

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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)
- Design Analysis
- Discussion Questions

Extension slides
- Process flow map
- Create & solve math problems based on designs
- Video/website linked slides
- Design an Experiment for Melting Ice (walks students through the steps of the scientific method to design an experiment to melt ice. Sample answer key included.)
- Observation recording slides for melting ice experiment


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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

• Bag of cotton balls and/or 3 pieces of tissue paper and/or 5 sheets of copy paper
• Straws (5 – 10)
• Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
• Tape (24 in.)
• Scissors
• Ruler or measuring tape

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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.

“We used this at our Frozen: Making science cool family STEM Night and our families loved it. Some of them got really into it and it was nice to see how many creative possibilities there were.”

“My GT students really enjoyed this activity. I used it as a challenge on the first day back from the holidays. Great ideas for differentiation, also. Thanks.”

“This was a great "last day of school before Christmas break" activity. Thank you the students had a great deal of fun and used a great deal of creativity!”

“This was an easy to set up STEM activity that my students loved!”

“This was an easy to set up STEM activity that my students loved!”

“Great unit. Mind stretching.”

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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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30 pages
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Teaching Duration
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