Mardi Gras Parade STEM- The town wants to have a huge parade and celebration. They need your students' help to design lots of colorful parade floats. Your students need to design a parade float for Mardi Gras that is colorful and can be pulled or pushed with touching it using the available supplies and sticking to a budget. Your kids will love this activity so much that they won't even realize that they are learning math and engineering skills. This STEM meets 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 – Force and Motion” 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: Mardi Gras" slide to discuss and build background knowledge
Plan for Implementation
Parent Letter requesting supplies
"Mardi Gras Symbols" printable (to add to float)
Student Building Plan (2 versions)
STEM Challenge Journal Page (or stand alone printable)
Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)
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