Looking for an engaging STEM / STEAM Easter activity? Basket Bounce is loads of collaborative fun, coupled with critical thinking, problem-solving, and even a little P.E.!
The basic premise:
Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a basket that will hold and contain Easter eggs as they participate in a bouncy relay race.
- Directions to conduct the race based on whether students design baskets in groups, partners, or individually are included.
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NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
- 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 challenge walk-through video (posts March 30, 2017)
- Criteria & Constraints List (color and B&W; editable)
- Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included; color and B&W)
- Discussion Questions (color and B&W)
- Compare and Order numbers_v1: whole numbers to hundreds (editable)
- Compare and Order numbers_v2: decimals to thousandths (editable)
- Fraction mix-up: unscramble numerators & denominators to create addends for a given sum (editable)
- Number puzzles: identify what sets of numbers have in common (editable)
- Math Extension: create your own world problems
- Synonyms and antonyms (editable)
- Process Flow Map
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!
Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.
Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:
– Straws (10 – 20)
– Pipe cleaners (10 - 20)
– Plastic eggs (6)
– Craft sticks (5 – 10)
– String/yarn (12 – 24 in.)
– Tape (12 - 24 in.)
– Rubber bands (5 - 10)
– Design analysis handouts (included)
– Small cups or bowls
– Paper plates
– Cardboard or card stock
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 at least 45 – 60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly. I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.
Note: This resource was updated March 19, 2017, so be sure to re-download!
Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
What are teachers saying about Basket Bounce?
Great way to get some fourth graders brains thinking!”
“We just LOVED LOVED this Stem Challenge! Thanks for challenge that really made us think...and... JUMP!”
“Great way to incorporate STEM as well as physical activity for program review!!!”
“Outstanding activity, LOVE the new standard alignments for k-12.”
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