Gingerbread House STEM / STEAM Challenge

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Whether you already do STEM / STEAM challenges in your classroom, or you're trying it for the first time, this fun and festive gingerbread challenge is a great way for kids to practice the design process, collaboration, and perseverance. It's also a great lesson to incorporate when teaching growth mindset. I recommend teaching it around the holidays, but it could be taught all year round!

So, what's the challenge for kids to complete? Their gingerbread friend needs a new home that can withstand the harsh winter winds (as tested by a hairdryer). They must design a house using the materials they purchase. To complete the challenge, they must follow a list of criteria. Use the gingerbread material list from my template or use the blank template to create your own materials/criteria for the challenge.

What's Included?
-Lesson Plans
-Gingerbread printable people for kids to cut and decorate
-STEM and STEAM Student Challenge Packets (hand out to each student or each team). Challenge Packets walk students through the entire design process: ask, imagine, plan, create, and evaluate. There is a page or two for each stage of the design process to allow students to thoroughly complete the challenge. It includes a place for them to budget to "buy" materials, grid paper to draw their blueprint, planning sheets, and evaluation sheets.
-Challenge Certificates for when students complete the challenge.

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For ideas on how to implement STEM / STEAM, feel free to visit my blog:

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Copyright 2016 Becca Wertheim at The Teacher's Passport
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