STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips

STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
STEM Challenge Bridges with Straws and Paperclips
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Can you build a bridge using only a few supplies and have it hold weight? STEM activities incorporate so many things- beyond Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Inquiry-based teaching creates a learning community where students work collaboratively to solve real problems.

Please note: This challenge is available in money-saving bundles!

Another great STEM Challenge! This STEM activity is a building experience. Students have specific supplies and must construct a bridge that will support weight.

The package includes:

  • step-by-step instructions with many hints along the way
  • materials list and advance preparation steps
  • page of possible ways to extend this activity beyond its basic one day use
  • helpful hints will give you lots of useful ideas
  • two pages of actual photos of bridges being built
  • And, there is more! There is a second version of this bridge. Materials are slightly different. The includes directions, materials, photos, and more!
  • scoring rubric
  • editable forms

★ You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes paper clips, straws, toothpicks, index cards, scissors, and weights (like pennies).

The package specifically contains pages for: Cover, Teacher background, materials and preparations, 4 pages of step by step procedures, extension ideas, 1 page of helpful hints, 2 pages of photographs, 2 versions of a lab sheet with sample answers, and the UPDATE: materials and prep page, one page of basic teacher directions, a constraints page, new lab sheet with answer key, and 3 pages of photos. But, there is still more! A scoring rubric has been added and an editable file that includes all the lab sheets, constraints pages, and the rubric! The page count listed includes everything.

This STEM challenge is a terrific way to get kids engaged with hands-on work! The critical thinking and teamwork are amazing!

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