Halloween STEM Challenge Activity - Bone Bridge®

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Description

The Bone Bridge® Halloween STEM Activity is collaborative, brain-busting work disguised as fun! This challenge goes beyond Halloween. Connect it to the skeletal system, bridges/transportation, and/or forces (specific ideas provided in the resource).

The basic premise:

Students work in partners or groups against a list of criteria and constraints to build a bridge for length, strength, or capacity using simple materials.


This is the first resource from Bone Bridge® STEM Challenges!

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Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES (TM) 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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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

  • Links to a video walk-through of the challenge & my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
  • Premise & Set-up
  • Materials and timing
  • Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
  • Measuring results
  • Post-design extension activities list & links

EDITABLE Student Handouts

  • Criteria and Constraints list
  • Design Analysis Handouts
  • two sets & two versions: 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included for two different goals: length or length + weight held
  • Discussion Questions

Extension templates

  • Process flow map
  • Create & solve math problems based on designs
  • Bone Idioms activity template (editable)
  • Bridge Idioms activity template (editable)

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

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

  • Cotton swabs (30 - 50)
  • Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
  • Popsicle/craft sticks (5 - 10)
  • Penny (to measure gap constraint)
  • Scissors
  • Rulers/measuring tapes (tip: pick up paper measuring tapes from Ikea)

Optional:

  • Straws
  • String
  • Cardboard
  • Tape, cable ties
  • Candy pumpkins or base-ten blocks for weights (if weight/capacity criterion is used)

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What are teachers saying about Bone Bridge®?

“The class had so much fun with this challenge! When we started putting weights on each bridge they were cheering so loud other teachers had to come see what was happening.” (grade level not indicated)

"My students didn't want this activity to end. Watching them work in groups and try different ideas was rewarding." (2nd grade teacher)

“I love the optional extensions and discussion questions! That will help me differentiate for my high functioning students.” (grade level not indicated)

“This was such a fun and engaging activity! It was an optional task, and I would say at least 95% of my students chose to do this! We also used this to introduce the idea of constraints. It was such a great productive struggle for them to learn to use only the provided materials and have to navigate their way through. Highly recommend.” (3rd - 5th grade teacher)

“This was a great activity to use during the week of Halloween as a STEM activity with my 5/6 graders. They loved it and were very competitive. It kept them very engaged during the crazy Halloween week." (5th/6th grade teacher)

“This was perfect! Much more challenging than the students expected!” (grade level not indicated)

"My students had a blast with this assignment. As we were in a hybrid situation, some of my students were in class and others home. We planned ahead so everyone had the materials and a space to work. None of the student creations came out like I thought they would ... it gave a nice hands on experience." (7th/8th grade teacher)

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSMS-ETS1-3
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSSMS-ETS1-1
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.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSSMS-ETS1-4
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

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