Do you have a ton of newspapers and in need of some newspaper STEM challenges? Read below for three easy and progressively more challenging newspaper STEM challenges you can do right away!
These engineering design activities promote collaboration, teamwork, communication, and problem solving. This activities lay a critical foundation for more intensive STEM challenges. Working as a team, they will learn lessons in communication, innovation, hidden assumptions, and creativity that are central to the engineering process.
These three newspaper challenges are meant to be completed in a sequence of increasingly more difficult activities. First, the students build a tower, then they create a tower that can hold weight, and finally they are given a more creative challenge of designing and building a chair to hold a student. Handouts are provided to guide students through the engineering design process.
In this packet
• Newspaper Tower Challenge: Using only a limited amount of supplies, teams build the tallest tower in a set time limit. This challenges builds a foundation of communication and problem solving.
• Hold A Weight Challenge: Time to really test the limits of the newspaper! After the first newspaper STEM challenge warm-up, teams should re-group for this longer and more complex challenge to build a tower that holds weight.
• Build A Chair Challenge: This is a more open-ended and creative challenge. Build a chair to hold up a team member for 5 seconds. Sounds easy? Students will be faced with really trying to understand the constraints of the problem and figuring out the definition of what seems to be a simple object.
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