The Great Desert Island STEM Challenge is a set of 5 different activities centered around the story of a shipwrecked traveler stranded on a deserted island. After hearing the story of the shipwreck, students will read 5 of his diary entries. Each one will challenge them to design something to help him survive and get back to civilization.
• Island Architect: Construct A Hut
• Crocodile Crossing: Build A Bridge
• Message In A Bottle: Waterproof Container
• Pirate Defense: Coconut Catapult
• Float Your Boat: Raft Design
These STEM challenges use common materials that you probably already have in your classroom. They incorporate concepts of linear measurement, weight measurement, area, force and motion, properties of shapes, simple machines, and scientific process.
Each STEM challenge in this pack includes:
• teacher instructions
• student challenge sheet
• planning and design pages
• scoring rubric
There is also a set of team member role cards, design process cards, a master score sheet to find out which group is the most successful at helping the explorers, and associated NGSS standards.
Each challenge in this pack is fully planned out making it easy to get started. They are also highly engaging because students are involved in solving a real-life problem.
✪ "I use this as a STEM club activity. I love how it is broken into challenges. That in itself makes it paced and planned for my students - they are finally not rushing to just produce - they are actually following the scientific method!!!! Thank you!" - Kelly S.
✪ "Fantastic Unit, especially as a newby to STEM. Provides clear opportunities for group work, great rubrics and explicit STEM focus and procedures, and an awesome way to engage and enthuse the students! Thank you." - Penny
✪ "Students were thrilled with this project and how exciting it was! Highly recommend using this in your STEM classroom! This very easily walks you through the process of problem based thinking as well!" - Kellie
Looking for more? You might also like:
• The Great Arctic Circle STEM Challenge
• The Great Pioneer Town STEM Challenge
• The Great Big STEM Challenge Bundle
Not sure where to start with STEM? See:
How to Choose the Best STEM Challenges for Your Students
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