Distance Learning STEM at Home FREEBIE

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Are you ready to send a STEM Project to your students at home? I have a treat for you! This FREE STEM Challenge is designed with distance learning in mind. Students will access the challenge in Google Drive through your Google Classroom!

This challenge is based on one of our favorite challenges. The original challenge is called The Rules Challenge. In it, students design a model to teach one of our classroom rules. In this FREEBIE, students are designing a model to share one of the rules they must follow at home! As many of our students are adjusting to living at home and learning from home they are taking on more responsibilities. This challenge is a great way to let them share their new tasks or chores with their classmates. Here is the best news- the challenge is provided in digital and printable formats.

THE RESOURCE - You will have 3 files.

File 1 - Teacher's Guide

File 2 - Printable STEM at Home

File 3 - Digital STEM at Home

DIGITAL: To use this set you will add the file to your Google Drive. The teacher's guide has detailed directions if you are new to using this tool.

  • The digital sheets include a link to a short video. Since students will be completing this task without your instruction and discussion, the video will give them some background knowledge. The video suggested is about the engineering design process.
  • The digital sheets have text boxes that students will type responses on. They may also insert photos of their projects.

PRINTABLE: This set can be printed and used in several ways.

  • Email the pages to your students/parents to be printed.
  • Print the pages and assemble the set in an at-home packet.
  • Use the challenges in your classroom!

What is Included?

Students Sheets

  • three pages for the challenge
  • video link
  • suggested materials list
  • questions for each step of the Engineering Design Process

Teacher's Guide

  • 2-page overview
  • sample answers for one student sheet set
  • detailed instructions for adding to your Google Classroom
  • clickable video link for you to use with the printable set

What is the Challenge?

Design a Model of a Home Rule - students think about the new chores they have during this distance learning time and design a model to teach that task to their classmates.

WHAT MATERIALS ARE NEEDED? I am listing the suggested materials for this challenge. The instructions on the student pages stress that substitutions may be made. ALL materials do not have to be used. The lists are ideas and things students are likely to have at home.

  • The Rules Challenge - IDEAS: straws, tape, foil, cups, paper, cardboard tubes, cardboard pieces, craft items (like ribbon, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, lace, buttons)

AGAIN, not every item must be used. Example- a student may build a model of a rule about setting the table. The student may make the table from a Lego set, and then make plates and utensils from paper.

The School Rules Challenge is available in a more detailed format:

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