Egg-hanced is a STEM / STEAM lesson sure to engage and delight your students as a spring or Easter activity!
The basic premise:
This is a classic egg-drop challenge with optional modifications. Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a device to protect an egg from cracking when dropped from a predetermined height.
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NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
- STEM Challenge How-to Video Links
- 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 this challenge that activates on 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)
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension
- Egg writing templates
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:
– Eggs (1 – 3)
– Real or plastic (if you choose plastic, you’ll want to fill the eggs with beans, rice, or sand)
– Soft/protective materials
– Easter grass, cotton, tissue paper, floral foam, packing peanuts, etc.)
– Small cups or bowls (1)
– Craft sticks (5 – 10)
– Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
– String/yarn (24 – 36 in.)
– Tape (12 – 24 in.)
– Rubber bands (5 – 10)
– Design analysis handouts (included)
– Plastic baggies (1 – 2)
– Paper bags (1 – 2)
– Coffee filters ( 2 – 4)
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 on March 16, 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!
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