STEM Activity Building Ramps Challenge

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We loved this activity. It worked great in our classroom STEM corner as a way to finish up our Force and Motion Unit.
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Experiment with using ramps and Newton’s Second Law of Motion and then build your own ramp in this fabulous STEM Challenge! Kids love this one! This is more than a STEM Challenge! Students experiment with ramps and then use their data to design and build their own ramp. Can they use that data to their benefit?

This challenge is available in money-saving bundles.

What is the challenge?

  • This STEM Challenge will have your students experimenting with cars and ramps.
  • They will test ramp heights and what happens when weight is added to the cars.
  • Finally, they will use their data as they design and build their own ramps.
  • How does Newton’s laws of Motion fit in this? How high should a ramp be? What happens if you use too much weight? What happens if your ramp is too steep? Does a ramp need side rails? How do you make a smooth transition at the end of the ramp? All questions that will be part of this challenge!

What is included?

  • The lesson guide provides a materials list, a preparation list, extra information about Newton’s Laws in simple language, and step-by-step lesson procedures to follow to make this a great experience.
  • Three pages of Helpful Hints will give you ideas of specific things to think about while using this package.
  • A two-page lab sheet is included - as well as photos.

What is your prep?

Materials needed in addition to this package include Cardboard or foam board pieces OR a pre-made ramp system, small cars, pennies (for weights), meter or yardsticks, masking tape, card stock, copy paper, straws, scissors, and hole punchers.

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover
  • Teacher Background page
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • Detailed pages of Step-by-Step Procedures
  • 2 -page Lab sheet
  • 3 pages of Photos
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use page.
  • Also, all forms in this challenge are provided in an editable file.
  • The page count listed includes the cover and TOU pages.

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