Welcome to STEM Engineering Micro-Style! The challenge in this type of engineering is to bring it down to a smaller size, which can be really hard! On the positive side, they use less materials and they take up less room to store and display! I ordered an assortment of tiny zoo animals from the Safari brand (they are really tiny)! The smaller, the better, in my opinion! There is also an added research component as students must find out what their animal needs to have in their enclosure before they build it.
Can you create a zoo enclosure for your plastic animal that is built to the scale of the animal?
Materials: (per individual or pair)
Tiny plastic zoo animals (the smaller the better)
Assorted “found” materials
Assorted craft materials (craft sticks, felt, etc.)
Cardboard scraps, construction paper
Non-drying clay, toothpicks
Scissors, tape and glue
This engineering challenge activity is one of many that I have created to use in my classroom! I do these and other STEM challenges as a whole class activity every Friday. Students always look forward to doing these challenges, whether they are based on social studies, science, math, or language arts. You could also use these as an at-home project, a center activity, or a monthly school-wide activity. Depending on the materials, I store everything in a dollar store gift bag or plastic tub!
Time to STEM on a MICRO scale!