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NEW PRODUCT! If you’re looking for a FUN and FRESH STEM activity for Easter for grades third through sixth, then this Engineering and Design challenge is just for you! This low prep activity will have your students excited to practice their science skills in engineering and design! Students collect materials from their schoolyard such as sticks, grasses, leaves, etc. and use them to brainstorm, design, and build a nest that holds 3 plastic Easter eggs and then test it in class! Students record their plan and reflect on their design in the editable student lab sheet. The STEM Challenge is in PDF format, but the student lab sheets are EDITABLE, so you can edit them to meet the needs of your students and to more closely align to the NGSS Performance Expectation you are targeting!
This STEM Challenge includes:
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This resources aligns with the following NGSS Performance Expectations for elementary and middle school:
3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3-5-ETS1-2. 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.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
MS-ETS1-1. 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.
MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-3. 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.
MS-ETS1-4. 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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