STEM Activity Challenge Seed Dispersal Models

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Are you ready for a challenge that involves seeds? This one is specifically about the ways seeds are dispersed and it’s fantastic!

Note: This challenge is available in money-saving bundles!

In this challenge students will be using materials to design and build a representation of one of the ways seeds are dispersed. Each group will be assigned one of the seed dispersal methods and then must determine which of the materials can be used to best build a model. Finally, the teams will share their creation and demonstrate how it works. Students will be incredibly creative in finding a way to disperse the seeds and will love sharing their final product. It should also be noted that this challenge would be great as a culminating activity for your study of plant growth and students should already have some knowledge of plants and the seed development process. I have included a seed dispersal chart for your convenience.

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: Balloons, Tissue paper, Paper clips, Rubber bands, Straws, Yarn, String, Foil, Masking tape, Cotton balls, Craft sticks, Pipe cleaners, Pan of water, Seeds, and other materials of your choice.

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 4 pages of teacher directions, a constraints list, 4 pages of photographs, two extra Hints pages, student lab sheet with sample answers, seed dispersal chart in four versions, materials lists for student use in three versions (one is editable), and a Terms of Use page. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 2 class session (2 hours) to complete. This was tested with third graders. If you plan to use this with younger students you may want to break the activities into multiple sessions or consider having the whole class create the same seed dispersal method rather than groups creating different items. This will entirely depend on your students' prior experiences with STEM challenges and your particular groups' needs.

This is the first challenge of the Seed Series! It works great with these:
STEM Challenge Build a Bird Feeder
STEM Challenge Build a 3D Flower

Or you can purchase all three challenges of the seed series in a money-saving bundle!
STEM Challenge Bundle Seed Series

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

Another bundle also contains this challenge!
STEM Kit featuring Seeds and Flower Parts

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You might also like these STEM Challenges:

STEM Challenge Build a Solar Oven
STEM Challenge Earthquake Resistant Building
You might also be interested in my catalog: STEM and Science Posters Catalog
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STEM Activity Challenge Seed Dispersal Models
STEM Activity Challenge Seed Dispersal Models
STEM Activity Challenge Seed Dispersal Models
STEM Activity Challenge Seed Dispersal Models