Energy STEM Challenges
The perfect challenges for students who are studying Energy and Earth Science!
This resource has science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really enhance their learning!
There are 2 Energy STEM Challenges in this pack.
Each STEM Challenge has detailed directions, photo examples, a list of materials needed, prediction section, brainstorming section, trials 1, 2, & 3, final results section with drawings, and a reflection section.
The STEM Challenges include:
1. Marble Run Challenge!
Using a list of supplies, students must design a marble run that showcases both kinetic and potential energy at use. Students must be able to label which parts of their marble run shows the energy transfer. Students are not required to use all of the items listed below but they are not allowed to add items to the list. If they test it and it does not work properly, they have two more attempts to fix their design. They have two days to finalize their roller coaster/marble run.
2. Solar Oven Challenge
Using a list of supplies, students must a solar oven that captures sunlight and retains heat. The solar oven should be able to melt crayons within an hour. Students are not required to use all of the items listed below but they are not allowed to add items to the list. If they test it and it does not work properly, they have two more attempts to fix their design. Students have one hour to finalize the design of their solar oven. (The time it takes to test their design does not count towards the one hour) The group that is able to melt the crayons the fastest wins the challenge!
You may be interested in these aligned Energy resources…
Energy Interactive Notebook
Energy Interactive PowerPoint
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