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Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope

Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope
Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope
Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope
Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope
Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope
Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope
Christmas or Winter STEM Challenge: Sleigh & Slope or Sled & Slope
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Looking for a fun Christmas or winter activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math?

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.)

*** CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW ***


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This is one of five Winter / Christmas STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a 40% discount:

Winter_Christmas 5-in-1 STEM Challenge Bundle (2nd – 8th)

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- 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 45 – 60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. 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.

Sample/suggested materials:

– 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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Product includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- 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 & links
- A video walk-through of this challenge will be posted & linked Dec. 8, 2016

Student Handouts – two sets: one for Sleigh & Slope and one for Sled & Slope
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided, in color and black & white)
- Data Recording Sheet
- Design Analysis Handouts (Two versions & sets included: 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students for two different challenge goals, in color and black & white)
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Design an Experiment: Reducing Friction (with sample answers)
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension

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What are teachers saying about Sleigh & Slope / Sled & Slope?

" 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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STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

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

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Christmas Parts of Speech Activity (2nd – 3rd)

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Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

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Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE
Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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