STEM Activity Easy Bridges with Straws Challenge

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Here’s another easy prep and easy materials STEM challenge that will be the most fun in your STEM class ever! It’s a bridge-building activity that gives students a choice of the style ofbridge they want to try. The best news is: there are only two materials! That’s right! Two materials!

Note: This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

What is the challenge?

  • In this challenge, students will have images of four kinds of bridges, a bunch of straws, some tape, and the challenge of building the bridge and being creative in using the one material they have!
  • Can it be done? Of course, kids will be superb in their designs, their creative use of the straws, and the extras they add to their structures.

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes straws, masking tape, string, small containers, and pennies (or weights).

The package specifically includes

  • Cover
  • Teacher background
  • Materials and preparation page
  • 4 pages of teacher directions
  • 5 pages of photographs
  • 1 extra Hints page
  • 1 lab sheet for student use with sample answers
  • Task constraints with a scoring rubric
  • Constraints without the rubric
  • Terms of Use page
  • All forms for this challenge are included in an editable format. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

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

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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