Lightning STEM

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Weather Hazard STEM - Lightning Rod - The city wants to build an observation tower, but since it will be the tallest building in the area, dangerous lightning will be a problem. In this STEM challenge, build a tall observation tower (at least 2 feet tall) and add a lightning rod. It needs a rod, wire and ground rod. Students must use the available supplies and stick to a budget. This STEM will teach the kids about the design of a lightning rod while stretching their creative thinking and math skills. This challenge meets several NGSS standards.

Suggested Plan of Implementation:

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

This is certainly not the only way to use these materials. They are designed to be flexible and be used to best suit each classroom and teacher based on the ability of the learner, time constraints and teacher preference.

Please check out the preview to get a glimpse of everything that is included. You will get:

"The Problem" slide to discuss with students

"The Challenge" slide to discuss with students

"Let's Talk About It: Lightning Rods" slide to discuss

NGSS standards

Plan for Implementation

Supply List

Parent Letter requesting supplies

Student Building Plan (2 versions)

STEM Challenge Journal Page (or stand alone printable)

Budget Page

Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)

Tourists Figures (to use in Observation Tower design) - color version

Tourists Figures (to use in Observation Tower design) - color version

You may also be interested in these STEM Challenges:

Light House STEM: Sending Light Signals

STEM Bundle: Weather Hazards


Weather Hazard STEM: Flood Barrier Challenge

STEM Mega Bundle - A Growing Bundle for the Year


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19
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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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