Easter STEM Challenge Activity - Carrot Carriage

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Looking for an Easter or Spring STEM / STEAM challenge activity to keep your kids engaged in collaborative, fun problem-solving?

The basic premise:

Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a carriage to hold cargo and roll downhill, made primarily of carrots.

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Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES ™ instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge "How-to" videos

- Materials and timing

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

- Link to video walk through of the challenge

Student Handouts

- Criteria & Constraints List (color and B&W; editable)

- Design Analysis Handouts (editable; 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included; color and B&W)

- Discussion Questions (editable; color and B&W)

Extension templates

- Top 10 Reasons to Eat Your Carrots Template (editable)

- Top 10 Reasons the Easter Bunny needs a Carrot Carriage (editable)

- Estimate & Measure 1 (inches & centimeters; editable)

- Estimate & Measure 2 (standard & non-standard with conversion table; editable)

- Measure & Convert (customary to metric & within metric; editable)

- Process Flow Map

- Create Word Problems

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This is one of five challenges available for a 40% discount in the Easter STEM Design Challenge 5-in-1 bundle.

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

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Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

– Large carrots (4 – 6)

– Small carrots (4 – 8)

– Peeps bunnies (1)

– Plastic eggs (1)

– Plastic or butter knife (1)

– Straws (1-2)

– Toothpicks (10 – 20)

– Brass fasteners (4 – 8)

– Scissors

– Ramp (1)

– Simple ramp will be used to test designs (e.g. textbook propped at an angle)

– Ruler (1)

– Used to measure travel distance of carriages

– Design analysis handouts (included)

Optional:

– Cutting boards

– Rubber bands

– Balloons

– String/yarn

– Foil

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Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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What are teachers saying about Carrot Carriage?

“This was our favourite STEM challenge ever!! So creative! I just posted on IG this as #bestresourceever that TPT is asking for! I could not find you on IG to tag you! Thank you!” (Note: I’m @kerrtrac)

“My middle schoolers enjoyed this so much!”

“Students loved it as always! You make great resources!”

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSK-2-ETS1-2
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-3
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
NGSSMS-ETS1-2
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-1
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
NGSS3-5-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.

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