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Groundhog Day STEM Challenge - Paperless Version

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Description

This STEM Challenge / STEAM challenge will make you wonder why you ever though Groundhog Day wasn't worth celebrating!

The basic premise:

In groups, students will create groundhog shadows, searching for the perfect combinations of light source angles, distances, and even groundhog accessories to meet the specified shadow criteria & constraints. Shadows will be traced and and turned into street art/graffiti. (Includes modifications, grades 2-8.)

Be sure to check out the preview to get a sense of your extension options!

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Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the PRINTABLE VERSION instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

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This is one of five challenges available in the Late Winter STEM Challenge bundle at a ~40% discount!

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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips PDF

- Links to STEM Challenge how-to videos

- Materials and timing

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

- Two sizes of printable groundhog templates for shadow creation

Student Slides

- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)

- Design Analysis

- Discussion Questions-

- 2 Data Table Options (editable)

- Student-facing video directions

Extension slides

- Links to “clean” and controversial real-world graffiti examples

- Shadow Mysteries activity

- 3 Mini Shadow Challenges (could be done instead of the main activity; editable)

- 3 Mini Shadow Labs: students use the scientific method to isolate and test shadow-making variables (editable; comes with sample answer keys)

- Graffiti writing template

- Process flow map

- Create & solve math problems based on designs

- Video/website linked slides

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)

• Light source (flashlights or the flashlight app, if students have cell phones)

• Paper for shadow tracing (use butcher paper, poster board, or copy paper)

• Groundhog cutouts (included)

• Construction paper

• Craft sticks/Pipe Cleaners (4 – 6)

• For groundhog template handles and optional accessories

• Masking tape (~12 - 24 in.)

• Measuring Tape / Yard stick

• Protractors (if measuring light source angles)

• Scissors

• Markers

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning

- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience

- High levels of student engagement

- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)

- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60-90 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

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Frosted Forest

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

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Please check out the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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Total Pages
50 pages
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