Distance Learning Bundle: Space Lander STEM Activity (Elementary)

Vivify STEM
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    Space Lander Distance Learning Engineering Design STEM Activity: Students use the engineering design process to create a lander to safely keep their “astronauts” safely inside a cup as it is dropped from various heights. The challenge incorporates key science concepts of shock-absorption, drag forces, and stability.

    This activity is a bundle of the teacher guide for classroom instruction along with printed and paperless STEM Journals for distance learning.

    Included in this product:

    • Complete Teacher Guide: Detailed teacher guide with links to resources, grading rubric, handouts on a STEM career connection and science background, student handouts for the engineering design process, and math extension problems.

    • Instructional video: Led by an engineer, the video includes science background, STEM careers, real-world connections, and a detailed explanation for the STEM activity to guide students

    • Printable Take-Home STEM Journals for sending packets home to students without internet access (editable pages in Google Slides)

    • Digital STEM Journals for Google Slides, Seesaw, and Flipgrid. These can be used in the classroom for paperless handouts or assigned for distance learning through Google Classroom, Schoology, or other platforms.

    • Editable Note to Families

    In this activity, students will: 

    • Learn about an engineering problem they need to solve. 
    • Connect the problem to STEM careers and a real-world event. 
    • Gather materials and brainstorm ideas. 
    • Draw a design idea. 
    • Build and test their device. Students will keep making changes and improving their design. 
    • Share their final design.

    Materials for Challenge:

    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • 3-5 oz paper or plastic cup
    • Paper
    • Cotton balls
    • Straws
    • Materials for “astronaut”: 2 ping pong balls or 2 jumbo marshmallows

    Looking for more STEM lessons? Find the Vivify resource guide here: bit.ly/VivifyResourceGuide

    About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stages of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or after school program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own device.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
    Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


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