STEM Activity Challenge Build a Pumpkin Elevator

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Here’s the third in a trio of October and Halloween challenges. Each challenge in the trio can be used with other holidays or without a theme!

Note: This challenge can be found in money-saving bundles!

In this challenge, students will design and build a cranking elevator to lift items to the top of about a two-foot height. Students will work together to lift a fairly lightweight item and then a heavier item. The lifting system must make use of a turning handle that will wind the elevator system to the top and then release it back to the ground safely- without spilling or harming the cargo. You also have the option of not requiring the cranking system if this challenge needs to be a little easier.

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes:
• Boxes
• Paper clips
• Cardboard pieces
• Craft sticks
• Pumpkins
• String
• Masking tape
• Dowel sticks
• Pipe cleaners
• Rubber bands
• Straws
• small bucket or 3 ounce cup
• candy

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 5 pages of teacher directions, 4 pages of photographs, 2 extra Hints page, 3 versions of constraints posters with matching lab sheets*, one sample answer lab sheet, and a Terms of Use page. The page count listed for this package includes everything. *One set of constraints and lab sheet is for an easier version, one for the more challenging, and the third is generic and will work with any object being lifted in the elevator.

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

You may also like other challenges that will be fun for celebrating the month of October!
STEM Challenge Build a Pumpkin Launcher
Build a Haunted House Maze

This challenge is available in a Pumpkin Series bundle!
STEM Challenges Pumpkin Series

Save even more with a mega bundle of all the seasonal challenges:
STEM by the Month

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You might also like these STEM Challenges:
STEM Challenge Build a Solar Oven
STEM Challenge Earthquake Resistant Building
STEM Challenge Build a Water Pipeline
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STEM Activity Challenge Build a Pumpkin Elevator
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STEM Activity Challenge Build a Pumpkin Elevator
STEM Activity Challenge Build a Pumpkin Elevator