STEM Activities Challenge Bundle All About Rescues

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STEM Challenges: Here’s a set of three challenges that all involve a rescue situation. Each has a scenario that kids will use as inspiration to build devices with real-life events. Best of all, the supplies are still easy to gather and easy to prepare, so it’s a win-win for you and your students!

Please note: This package contains three challenges. Each may be purchased separately.

Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process for each challenge. The packages contain step-by-step procedures for the teacher that are clearly marked with the Design Process steps. The accompanying lab sheets for students are also marked. Students will plan independently and then join with teammates as they create the best design possible. Of course, constant improvements take place as students try their designs.

Some specifics about each design challenge:
In Cargo Drops students will learn some background information about cargo or air drops and then design a container for cargo and experiment with dropping the container from different heights. A great feature for this challenge is a step in which each student will spend time sketching and planning their own individual idea for the design and then write reasons his or her design is the best. This is followed by a discussion with other team members in which each student presents the idea and reasons. Each team then decides what the team design will be. The plan gives every student a voice in the final design. Students will build the container for the fragile cargo, test it, revise it, and test again until the model works at the greatest height. After presenting the models students will have the opportunity to try a re-design! Materials you will need in addition to this package include: cardboard pieces, 3 ounce cups, index cards, large marshmallows, rubber bands, straws, craft sticks, bubble wrap, masking tape, scissors, and hole punchers

In Crossing the Chasm students will be trying to build a device that will transport an object across a chasm. The scenario includes hiking and having a swinging bridge collapse making it necessary to transport some items across the ravine or chasm. The materials available for the rescue are only the items they might have had in their backpacks on the pretend hike. Finally, to make this really tricky, students have to make the device powered by the wind! Your class may have a lively discussion about why wind power would be necessary! Materials needed include: paper clips, pipe cleaners, copy paper, card stock, small cups, rubber bands, aluminum foil, ping pong balls, string or fishing line, fan, stopwatch, and plastic boxes (optional).

In Designing a Cranking Device students will be rescuing a teammate that has fallen over a cliff. The scenario is that the students must use what they have in their hiking backpacks and what can be found in nature to build a device to wind up the fallen person. There are some strict constraints with this task! The pretend items used from nature are heavy and must be used in specific ways in order for them to work. Students use smaller models of the items- like a dowel stick for a tree branch or paper clips for carabiners! Can they make a cranking device with a handle that will successfully rescue the fallen person? What happens if the rope they have is too short? Can they create a way to make the rope longer? Materials needed include: dowel Sticks, empty tape spools, paper clips, masking tape, string, small cups, straws, craft sticks, object to represent the fallen person (like Lego men or ping pong balls), scissors, sesk or platform to represent the cliff side.

Check the individual listing for each package for more information and more detailed previews.

This set is a combination of three STEM Challenges. If you prefer they may be purchased separately:
STEM Challenge Cargo Drops
STEM Challenge Crossing a Chasm
STEM Challenge Design a Cranking Device

Save even more and buy this multi-pack in a Mega Bundle:
STEM Challenges Mega Bundle – 54 STEM Challenges

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You might also enjoy these STEM Multi Packs:

STEM Challenges: A Bundle Using Straws
STEM Challenges – A Bundle of Real Life Model Challenges
STEM Challenges – A Bundle of STEM Challenges All About Egg Drops
STEM Challenge: Cargo Drops
STEM Challenge Crossing a Chasm
STEM Challenge Design a Cranking Device

Click right here for a catalog of all STEM products available: STEM Product Catalog
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STEM Activities Challenge Bundle All About Rescues
STEM Activities Challenge Bundle All About Rescues
STEM Activities Challenge Bundle All About Rescues
STEM Activities Challenge Bundle All About Rescues