A new way to STEM! Guide your students through the entire STEM engineering design process using a simple trifold. Students will ask, imagine, plan, create, evaluate, reflect, and improve…all in the trifold!
For this challenge which can be completed in one class period, students will construct an elevator for Punxsutawney Phil, who is tired after all of these years of climbing up to see his shadow!
Material suggestions: narrow box, string, plastic lids, paper cups, tape, foam, cardboard, paper.
Because I know that you need to "fit" STEM into your curriculum, I also included a reading passage that explains the science and history of elevators and includes multiple choice questions to be used as test prep.
This project is also designed with NGSS Engineering Standards for grades 3-5 in mind. The trifold uses NGSS terminology to have students define the challenge, consider the time and material constraints, and consider the success criteria. These important science and critical thinking skills are explained and addressed in a way that makes them accessible for elementary learners.
A rubric is also included to assess students as they work through the design challenge.
Picture examples and printing instructions (including a video) are included.
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