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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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 video walk through of the challenge (video posts April 6, 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)
- 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
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:
– 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)
– 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)
– Cutting boards
– Rubber bands
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 25, 2017, so be sure to re-download for all the new goodies!
Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
What are teachers saying about Carrot Carriage?
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“My middle schoolers enjoyed this so much!”
“Students loved it as always! You make great resources!”
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