STEM Build a Table Challenge

Blue Sky Designs by Mrs T
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  1. Challenging, fun and collaborative! These STEM Challenges include guides, templates and reflection prompts to help you run engaging STEM challenges with your students. The ChallengesBuild a TableIn this STEM challenge, students will design and construct a table using only paper, tape and rubber band
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This fun 'Build a Table' STEM Challenge includes guides, templates and reflection prompts to help you run an engaging STEM challenge with your students. In this STEM challenge, students will design and construct a table using only paper, tape and rubber bands.

Designed with Teachers and Students in Mind

This task has been designed to guide students in a thorough STEM learning experience involving research, planning, designing, testing, construction, extension and reflection. The simple and easy-to-follow instructions help to make each stage of the process kid-friendly and interesting.

What's Included

This resource includes:

  • Easy-to-follow teacher notes
  • Example pictures
  • Student instructions
  • A letter to parents
  • A research template
  • 2 student planning templates
  • Extension choice boards (2 options)
  • 2 student reflection templates
  • A rubric for easy assessment

You will also need to supply these additional materials:

  • paper
  • tape
  • rubber bands
  • popsicle sticks (for the optional extension task only)
  • random classroom supplies (for placing on top of the tables)

How To Use It

There are teacher notes included in this resource that give you a step by step guide for running this activity. Simply print the templates you plan to use with your students and organise the additional materials listed. Then, have your students work through the process of designing and constructing their tables.

This task can be spread over a week of STEM lessons, or can be condensed into 1 STEM session, depending on your needs.

Who It's Ideal For

  • STEM specialist teachers
  • Gifted education teachers
  • Classroom teachers looking to use more STEM with their students
  • Any teachers or parents working with children in 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
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.


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