STEM Activity Challenge Boats and Math Task Cards

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STEM Challenge: Here’s a final package for this exciting series of challenges that have Math and designing all in one package! This is a design event in which students solve some math problems, gather materials based on their answers, and then build a structure!

Note: This challenge may be purchased as part of a money-saving bundle!

In this challenge students have eight math problems to solve. The quantity of each material they get will depend on their answers to the problems. Correct answers earn more materials! Students are building a boat that must float and hold a certain amount of weight. They will be able to add more weight if their boat does well and the event will be quite competitive. The collaboration will be at its best as the teams must work together to solve the math problems within the allotted time. Then they must join together their ideas and actually build the boat. Will it float? Will the amount of materials earned affect the building portion of the task? Will the boat hold weight? How will they improve their boat if it doesn’t work as expected? All these questions will be answered in this amazing challenge!

This product contains a very short reading passage and a data table that is all about some famous boats. This was tested with fifth graders, but the option of three ability levels with the provided math problems means you can try it with several age groups. Also, I have provided the math problems in two formats. You will choose from a single page worksheet format or a set of eight task cards. One more thing, there are two versions of the materials cards. One version creates a more difficult building challenge while the second has supplies that make the boat building somewhat easier. You have lots of choices to make! The detailed preparation page will walk you through the choices and there are lots more hints on the extra hints pages.

You will need supplies in addition to this package and it depends on which version of the cards you choose. Here’s the total list:
• Masking tape
• Aluminum foil sheets
• Craft sticks
• Rubber bands
• Plastic wrap
• Paper clips
• Foam sheets
• Styrofoam pieces
• Waxed paper
• Straws
• Pipe cleaners
• Small plastic bowls or cups
• Pennies or washers (for weights)

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, 2 materials and preparation pages, 5 pages of teacher directions, a constraints list, 4 pages of photographs, 2 extra Hints pages, student lab sheet with sample answers, 1 version of data table sheet, 3 versions of math problems in varying ability levels in a worksheet format, 3 versions of math problems in a task card format, 2 versions of the materials cards for students to use to gather supplies, and the credits page. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 1-2 class sessions (1 hour) to complete.

This challenge works perfectly with 2 similar task card challenges:
Towers and Math Task Cards
Bridges and Math Task Cards

Or you can purchase all three task card challenge sets in a money-saving bundle!
STEM and Task Card Bundle
You might also like these STEM Challenges:

STEM Challenge Build a Wind-Powered Boat
STEM Challenge- Building Boats

You might also be interested in my catalog: STEM and Science Posters Catalog
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STEM Activity Challenge Boats and Math Task Cards
STEM Activity Challenge Boats and Math Task Cards
STEM Activity Challenge Boats and Math Task Cards
STEM Activity Challenge Boats and Math Task Cards