Pioneers and STEM

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Pioneers and STEM

STEM Engineering Challenge for the Westward Expansion

Add some STEM to your history lessons with this fun hands-on activity. In “Engineer a Trunk” student groups will build a prototype of a trunk for a covered wagon.

Teachers are saying:

"This resource was a valuable part of Westward Expansion unit."

"This a great addition to my Gold Rush unit."

"Loved using this for our stem project while we were studying the Oregon Trail!"

Perfect for assessment of a student’s problem solving and collaboration skills, as well as providing insight into the challenges of the Westward Expansion.

We have included:

  • role cards
  • inquiry questions
  • a rubric
  • an engineering design process poster
  • teacher notes
  • student pages.

Looking for more history and STEM lessons? We have other lessons available including an Early America Bundle andEarly American Hands on Centers.

Note: This uses the same engineering activity as our Jamestown lesson.The graphics and themes are different but the activity is the same.

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18 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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