Punkin Chunkin! Halloween & Thanksgiving Engineering Challenge (STEM activity)

Grade Levels
2nd - 12th, Homeschool
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21 pages
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A must have for the fall season, and a super fun way to incorporate engineering! In this lesson students will use the engineering process to design, create, and test a pumpkin launching device! Purchase includes:

1. 60 minute lesson plan to implement this fun engineering challenge, aligned with 3-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, and MS-ETS1-3. Written in 5E format, provided as a PDF document.

2. Self paced GoogleSlides version of the activity for distance learning (15 slides; link is in materials section of lesson plan)

3. Extension ideas for a second one-hour class period

4. Student questions worksheet to compare and contrast contest 'chunkers' with their own designs.

This lesson is great year after year and will become one of your favorites. a must have Halloween or Thanksgiving Engineering Challenge! This resource is structured as an in-person activity but it could definitely work as a fun engineering activity for students to try at home with parents.

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Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.


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