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STEM activities are a great way to integrate math and science into meaningful, hands-on learning! This bundle includes 3 themed-packs, each with its own engaging storyline. Students will help a stranded sailor escape a desert island, a group of explorers stuck in the arctic, and a pioneer family brave the wild west. Each challenge solves a problem faced by the characters in the story. Exciting and fun!
Includes the following:
✅ The Great Desert Island STEM Challenge
✅ The Great Arctic Circle STEM Challenge
✅ The Great Pioneer Town STEM Challenge
Each pack contains 5 different challenges (15 in total).
➤ Water Filter
➤ Cabin Construction
➤ Tower Building
➤ Solar Water Heater
➤ Rock Mover (pulleys)
➤ Igloo Design
➤ Floating Raft
➤ Waterproof Container
➤ Insulating Blanket
➤ Snowball Shooter
➤ Parachute Design
➤ Hut Building
➤ Bridge Building
➤ Coconut Catapult
Each STEM challenge includes teacher instructions, student challenge sheet, planning and design pages, and scoring rubrics. There is a set of team member role cards, design process cards, a master score sheet to find out which group is the most successful at helping the explorers, and associated NGSS standards.
These STEM challenges use common materials that you probably already have in your classroom. They incorporate concepts of linear measurement, area, force and motion, energy, simple machines, data, and scientific process.
All 3 packs are provided in both standard and metric versions.
PLEASE NOTE: One of the diary entries in the pioneer challenge pack includes the term "Indians". The diary entries are meant to appear as something written during pioneer times by a child whose family was traveling through unfamiliar territory. The term "Native Americans" was not used at that time (nor was "First Nations" which is not a term generally used in the U.S. even today). This was not written with any racist ideas or intentions. I do not refer to our Native peoples as "Indians" nor do I think we should teach our students to. However, this provides an opportunity for discussion about our nation's past and our treatment of native tribes allowing you to integrate social studies into this project.
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