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Christmas and Winter STEM Challenges: 5-in-1 Bundle

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Looking for some fun Christmas or winter activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and/or math?

The basic premise:
Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Winter/Christmas-themed devices. Modification suggestions are included to make these challenges engaging and productive for students in grades 2 - 8. This bundle includes five challenges at a 33% discount!

Winter STEM Challenge: Snowman Stretch (2nd – 8th)

Winter STEM Challenge: Frozen Fortress (2nd – 8th)

Christmas STEM Challenge: Candy Cane Calamity (2nd – 8th)

Christmas STEM Challenge: Reindeer Relay (2nd – 8th)

Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope (2nd – 8th)

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NOTE: You can save even more by purchasing this bundle as part of the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE!!!
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Multiple iterations are recommended to get the most student benefit, but these can also be treated as one-off activities.

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Benefits of STEM Design Challenges:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- 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 approximately 60 min. Again, I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.

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Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. Materials lists can be found in the product descriptions for each individual challenge linked above.
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Product includes:


• Overall STEM Tips

- Suggestions on timing whether or not to treat these challenges as competitions
- What to say (and what not to say) during STEM Challenges
- 5-event Data Tracker handout


Plus, each challenge comes with:

• NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

• Teacher Tips
- Links to video walk-throughs for each challenge will be added as they post (between Nov. 24 – Dec. 22)
- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Premise & Set-up
- Materials and timing
- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Universal STEM Challenge Tips/how to use the handouts
- Challenge-specifc video walk-throughs will be posted/linked throughout Nov./Dec. 2016 (Candy Cane Calamity: Nov. 24; Reindeer Relay: Dec. 1; Sleigh & Slope: Dec. 1; Snowman Stretch: Dec. 15; Frozen Fortress: Dec. 22)

Student Handouts
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension
- Plus other design-specific handouts (see each individual challenge product description page for more details)

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What are teachers saying about this bundle?

“My students loved these challenges and I loved that they were so engaged in learning and problem solving at what is typically a very distracting time of the year.
Thank you!”

"This was well worth the money and can be adapted to so many different grade levels. Two of the activities were a big hit at my school's Grandparents and Special Friend's Day. Snowman Stretch and the Sled challenge were embraced by all. Interestingly, it was the adults who had a hard time staying within the rules."

“One of the best purchases I made!”

“Fun activities that can be easily adapted to multiple grade levels.”

“My student[s] love your stem units. I have your collection”

“LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this!! So much fun and was perfectly laid out. My 6th-8th graders had a blast!”

“So great! Saving the snowman until January! Love watching the kids think, try, and then rethink, retry!”

“Thorough and engaging resource!”

“Loved this!! As did my 5th graders. I used the candy cane challenge on the last day before Christmas break. It was a major hit!”

“Love the thought process behind these. Can't wait to use them with my students! Thank you for your hard work!”

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1 Week

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Christmas and Winter STEM Challenges: 5-in-1 Bundle
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Christmas and Winter STEM Challenges: 5-in-1 Bundle
Christmas and Winter STEM Challenges: 5-in-1 Bundle