Light STEM Challenge - Oh no! The new boat route has boats traveling close to the shallow water. In this STEM challenge, students will learn some of the practical uses for light signals. Build a tall light signal to warn the boaters of the dangerous area. They will use their creative thinking to solve the challenge of building a light house that is at least 18" tall using the available supplies. Students must stick to a budget. This STEM meets NGSS standards.
Suggested Implementation Plan:
Prior Week: Send home the parent letter requesting supplies. Gather needed materials.
Day One – Introduce and discuss “The Problem” slide. Discuss the “Let’s Talk About It – Flooding” slide. Introduce the STEM Challenge.
Day Two – Introduce and discuss the budget options. Use the planning page to illustrate or write out the building idea.
Day Three – “Purchase” supplies for the build. Work on budget. Begin the building process.
Day Four – Work on and complete the structure.
Day Five – Test the structure. Complete the Self-Evaluation Page
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You will get:
"The Problem" slide to discuss with students
"The Challenge" slide to discuss with students
"Let's Talk About It: Light Signals" slide to discuss
Plan for Implementation
Parent Letter requesting supplies
Student Building Plan (2 versions)
Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)
Light Bulb cut and paste (to use in Light House design) - color version
Light Bulb cut, color and paste - black and white version
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