STEM Activities Challenge Bundle Earth Series

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STEM Challenges Perfect for Earth Day and Spring: This is a set of three challenges that all involve the earth! Students will be building earthquake resistant structures, solar ovens, and water pipelines. Although these make excellent challenges for Earth Day, they may be used at any time of year!

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 included lab sheets for students are also marked. Students will plan independently and then join with teammates as they create the best designs possible. Constant improvements will take place as students try their designs.

Some specifics about each design challenge:
In Build a Solar Oven students will be using materials to design a box oven that will absorb and/or reflect sunlight and create enough heat inside the box to toast a food product. We decided s’mores would be a fun item to try! Students will test their ovens by trying different materials to determine which absorbs heat the best and then they will build the version they think will create the warmest oven. The final oven will be used to heat and toast a s’mores dessert. Materials needed include: Boxes- any box will work (we used pizza boxes), Tape- clear or masking, Black construction paper, Aluminum foil, Plastic wrap, Waxed paper, Food supplies, Thermometers, Straws, Stop watches -optional, and a Sunny Day!

In Build an Earthquake Resistant Structure students will be using materials to design a three story structure that can withstand being shaken in a mild earthquake simulation. The “earth” pan you provide for the simulation uses an easy supply- gelatin! Just prepare the shake pan and then let students add their structures to it. The structures are built using only three materials, must be at least three floors tall, resemble a building (not a tower), and be stable enough to keep standing. Will the buildings survive the mild earthquake? Materials needed include: Toothpicks- round, Mini marshmallows, Cardboard pieces, Aluminum pans, Gelatin, and a Stopwatch (optional)

In Build a Water Pipeline students will be using materials to design and a build a gravity powered water pipeline. They will transport water from a main tank to a smaller tank using an incline that will allow this movement. They must also carefully connect the pipes and make sure those connections are water tight. Testing and plugging leaks will be part of the task. This is an easy prep challenge with simple supplies, but takes lots of trial and error and thinking! Students will also be intrigued by the scenario of building the pipeline which tackles a household chore- how to get water to your dogs! Materials needed include: Straws, Cups in two sizes, Craft sticks in two sizes, Masking tape, Rubber bands, and Towels.

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 Build a Solar Oven
STEM Challenge Earthquake Resistant Building
STEM Challenge Build a Water Pipeline

Save even more and buy this multi-pack in a Seasonal Bundle:
STEM by the Month

You might also enjoy these STEM Multi Packs:

STEM Challenge Bundle Seed Series
STEM Challenge Snow Series
STEM Challenge Bundle Heart Series
STEM Challenge Wind Series

Also, check my catalog for more information about all STEM products: STEM Product Catalog
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