STEM Activity Challenge: Hoop Flyers

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Another great STEM experiment and building challenge with the easiest of supplies: Straws!

Note: This challenge can be purchased in a money-saving bundle!

This challenge is to create the ultimate hoop flyer. Students will experiment with changing the variables of a standard hoop flyer and then choose which components to use in the ultimate design. The easy materials make this a fabulous STEM choice.

Students will be challenged to consider which variables to include in the final ultimate hoop flyer. Will they choose everything or only the best possibilities? After testing as many variations of the original plane as time allows students use their recorded data to make decisions on a design. They will have a chance to improve the model they eventually build and learn from their mistakes!

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: straws, paper, tape, scissors, and rulers. Two sizes of straws are needed and many types of paper (cardstock, copy paper, construction paper).

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 6 pages of teacher directions, 2 pages of helpful hints, a constraints list, 3 pages of photographs, Lab sheets, and the credits 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 challenge will need 2-3 class sessions to complete.

This challenge works perfectly with two other Straws challenges:
STEM Challenge: Geodesic Domes
STEM Challenge: Bucket Towers

Or a money-saving bundle with three Straws Challenges can be found here:
STEM Challenges: A Bundle Using Straws

Or, even better this challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Easy Supplies

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If you like experimenting and then designing you might also like these:

STEM Challenge: Building Ramps
Scientific Method Using Candy: Design an Experiment
STEM Challenge- Experiment and Design with Pancakes

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STEM Activity Challenge: Hoop Flyers
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STEM Activity Challenge: Hoop Flyers
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