Pumpkins and Engineering a House for an Autumn STEM Activity

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Engineer a Pumpkin House

A Pumpkin STEM Activity!

An October and November Challenge for your Class!

Your students have won a truckload of pumpkins. What to do with all that squash? Let’s build a pumpkin playhouse!

Using pumpkin candies or small styrofoam balls students will create a prototype for the structure. Students will use their critical thinking and cooperative strategies as well as apply structural and material engineering and measurement skills.

Included in the packet are student pages, teacher notes, role cards, a rubric, a reflection page, engineering design process poster and inquiry questions.

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18 pages
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1 hour
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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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