STEM Activity Challenge Build a Hammock

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STEM Challenge: Here’s another fantastic real-life challenge featuring a Hammock!

This challenge is to build a model of a hammock. When we started this project students were familiar with hammocks and could talk about what they looked like and were used for. What we discovered is that attaching strings to the hammock bed and then to the connecting posts was a challenge!

With this project students will have restricted supplies that are not replenished and task constraints that will make them think! Teams will devise a building plan and retrieve supplies based on that plan. They are not allowed to re-visit the supplies. This will lead to some very clever use of the materials and great problem solving! (You can, of course, relax these constraints for your students!)

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: Fabric scraps in 10 inch squares ,Felt pieces, Newspaper, Heavyweight paper (like a brown sack),Rubber Bands, Straws, String – 3 feet per group, Tape – 3 feet per group, Scissors, Digital Scale (optional as weights can be counted) and Weights (like pennies or washers).

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 6 pages of teacher directions, 1 page of helpful hints, a constraints list, 4 pages of photographs, lab sheet, and the credits page. Student answer sheets are not included, but samples from student work are included in the teacher direction pages. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

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

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