This is a middle school activity that culminates in having your students compete to build a raft that will hold more pennies than any of their classmates. It includes an exploratory mini lab that has students making predictions of which objects will float and which will sink; and then test it. This has worked as a great anticipatory set to the Raft Building Competition. Also included is a teacher info sheet with tips I've learned along the way and links to teaching supplements.
This is perfect for any teacher looking to add STEM opportunities into their curriculum or for a STEM club. This material as it is covers Science and Engineering, and could easily add in Mathematics by having students explore mass, density, and volume. Preview and see!
What do you get with this purchase?:
*Exploratory Mini-Lab (w/ Lab Sheet, Data Table, and Reflection Questions)
*Raft Competition Lab Sheet
*Raft Competition Drawing Sheet
*Raft Competition Reflection Questions
*Teacher Info Sheet
In my opinion, this product could be used to support the teaching of Next Generation Science Standard MS-ETS1-1** when used in conjunction with other materials. To be clear - this is not a comprehensive guide to the standard but I believe it could be used to start students on the path to mastering it. The standard states:
"Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions."
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