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- If you are ready for an entire year's worth of STEM Challenges this set is the perfect choice. This collection of student-tested STEM Challenges for elementary students is jam-packed full of so many projects- 60 to be exact. This is all you will need for an entire school year! You have challenges o$138.00$211.50Save $73.50
Newton's Laws made easy! Here’s a set of 6challenges that all involve Newton’s Laws of Motion! Students will be learning about the second and third laws specifically and designing Bottle Cars, Egg Cars, Newton’s Cradles, Paper Plate Balloon Cars, Balloon Carousels, and Balloon Rockets! Fabulous and fun!
Please note: This package contains six challenges. Each may be purchased separately and in bundles of three. Check the 3-packs below before you purchase!
What are the challenges?
Students will use materials to design and build a balloon-powered car. The car must roll on a straight path and travel as much distance as possible before the balloon is exhausted. This challenge will demonstrate the third law of motion and also demand that students work together to design wheels, axles, and the blowing mechanism of their cars. Materials needed include empty water bottles, balloons, straws, dowel sticks or wooden skewers, masking tape, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, round objects for wheels, cardboard pieces, and track for racing. (The track is optional.)
Students will use materials to design and create a vehicle. The vehicle must transport cargo down a ramp in the fastest and safest way possible. The students will need to plan the best way to overcome friction and maintain enough speed to make it down the ramp. In addition, the vehicle will have to be stable enough to transport the precious cargo (an egg) without damaging it. Finally, because my students really love this feature, I added a budget. Students must “purchase” materials to use and stay within a set spending amount. Materials needed include craft sticks, straws, cardboard pieces, cardboard tubes, masking tape, wooden skewers, round objects for wheels, plastic and real eggs, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, paper clips and binder clips, weights (like pennies) for the eggs, and a ramp. The ramp can be a long piece of cardboard or foam board. Side “rails” are optional but helpful!
Students will use materials to design and create a Newton’s Cradle. In this event, students will review what they know about the laws of motion- especially the third law. Students will have to build the frame for the device, a way to attach string to the marbles, and a way to attach string to the frame. This can include measuring as the length of the strings is a factor. Materials needed include craft sticks, straws, beads, cardboard pieces, masking tape, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, paper clips and binder clips, marbles, string, and hot glue guns, and glue- one glue gun per team. The option of using hot glue for the assembly is yours to make. You may want to ask for parental help in your classroom- depending on the age of your students. This was tested with fifth graders.
Students create a car that rolls using the power of a blown-up balloon. This challenge will demonstrate the third law of motion. Will the car roll? Will it travel on a straight path? How many balloons should they use? Your students will amaze you with their designs and ways to make this car work. Materials needed include paper plates, wooden skewers, straws, balloons, tape, scissors, and small pieces of cardboard.
Students experiment with ways to make a balloon travel along a vertical path successfully. They will be challenged to use supplies in the most efficient way and launch the balloon rocket as high as possible. This challenge will demonstrate the third law of motion. Materials needed include balloons, index cards, string, masking tape, and straws.
Students use some very simple supplies to create a carousel that turns. The carousel is powered with a balloon or balloons and must stay aloft on its central turning pole. Will it turn? How fast can it turn? How will you attach it to the central pole? The problem-solving and immediate modifications to designs are really fun to watch! This challenge will demonstrate the third law of motion. Materials needed include foam plates, balloons, heavy paper or cardboard, broomsticks or PVC pipe, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, string, cardboard tubes, masking tape, and optional craft items for decorating the final carousel.
Each challenge includes detailed step-by-step teacher directions with hints and tips scattered throughout. Each includes lab sheet sets, answer samples, photos, and extra tips. And more! Each challenge includes editable lab sheets and editable constraints posters. Scoring rubrics are also included for each challenge!
This set is a combination of six STEM Challenges. If you prefer they may be purchased separately:
- Build a Bottle Car
- Build an Egg Car
- Build a Newton’s Cradle
- Balloon Rockets
- Balloon Cars
- Balloon Carousels
Or grab the sets in smaller bundles! (This 6-pack contains two 3-packs! Check the 3-packs before purchasing!)
These challenges are also in a much larger bundle!
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