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STEM Activity Challenge: Cargo Drops

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Here’s another amazing STEM challenge based on a real life application! It’s a fabulous building event involving dropping fragile cargo!

NOTE: This challenge can be purchased as part of a money-saving bundle!

After learning some background information about cargo or air drops students will design a container for cargo and experiment with dropping the container from different heights. Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process for this challenge. The package contains step-by-step procedures for the teacher that are clearly marked with the Design Process steps. The accompanying lab sheets for students are also marked. A great feature for this challenge is a step in which each student will spend time sketching and planning their own individual idea for the design and then write reasons his or her design is the best. This is followed by a discussion with other team members in which each student presents the idea and reasons. Each team then decides what the team design will be. The plan gives every student a voice in the final design.

Students will build the container for the fragile cargo, test it, revise it, and test again until the model works at the greatest height. After presenting the models students will have the opportunity to try a re-design!

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: cardboard pieces, 3 ounce cups, index cards, large marshmallows, rubber bands, straws, craft sticks, bubble wrap, masking tape, scissors, and hole punchers.

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 5 pages of teacher directions, 1 page of information about Cargo Drops, 2 pages of helpful hints, constraints list, 3 pages of photographs, a 2 page lab sheet, credits page, and a thank you page. Sample 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 was a really fun challenge! Every student was involved in the revising and improving steps as they tried to keep that fragile cargo safe. Of course, their favorite part was dropping the containers and seeing if they worked!

The money-saving bundle of three rescue challenges can be purchased right here: STEM Bundle All About Rescues

Or you can purchase the challenges separately:
STEM Challenge Crossing a Chasm
STEM Challenge Design a Cranking Device
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