Float Your Boat STEM Challenge

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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This easy STEM challenge lesson plan is perfect for the end of the school year! Students design a boat that will hold the most weight. It is aligned to the Next Generation Science standards. These specific standards are written in the lesson plan.

Included in the packet are:

-A clearly written lesson plan with differentiated ideas depending on what grade level k-4 you teach

-The challenge sheet

-Three different recording sheets, again leaving it flexible for your needs.

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6 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.
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.


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