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Newspaper STEM Challenges: 3 Engineering Activities

Vivify STEM
Grade Levels
K - 12th, Homeschool
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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!

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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.

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• 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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About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stages of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or after school program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own device.

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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