STEM Challenge Bubble Wand Design

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Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere! Kids love bubbles! This STEM activity has elements of fun, but also a great design and building challenge. After exploring with bubbles students will design and test their own bubble wands! Watch them engineer the ultimate bubble with their bubble wands!

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

What is the challenge?

This STEM Challenge will have your students exploring with a bubble solution. The Exploration or Imagining stage of the process includes trying to create bubbles in specific ways and learning how to manipulate the bubble solution. The design challenge takes the fun one step further as students create a way to make the largest or most unusual bubbles they can!

What is your prep?

Materials needed in addition to this package include dish-washing liquid, glycerin, small containers (like aluminum pans), plastic lids to containers, straws, various items to use in the design challenge (like pipe cleaners, washers, rubber bands, plastic canvas, screen, binder rings, paper clips, cups), and lots of towels. You will need to mix your bubble solution and organize the containers in supply bins or on trays. The teacher's guide will help you with this!

The lesson guide provides:

  • Materials list
  • Preparations list
  • Full page of tips about materials
  • Bubble solution recipe
  • Simple explanation of the science behind bubbles
  • Detailed step-by-step Teacher's Guide
  • Two versions of lab sheets - one with sample student answers
  • 3 pages of photos to guide the use of the package
  • Extensions Idea page gives ideas of continuing the activity as a whole class or in your science/math centers.
  • Also included is a scoring rubric
  • File with editable forms.

What are teachers saying?

  • "This is a great resource! Students really enjoyed learning STEM skills and working with the bubbles, both in school and during the summer."
  • "Great! So much fun, my students thought this activity was their celebration for filling their class bucket! Imagine their surprise when they found out they were learning."
  • "This was an AWESOME lesson!! Love the student examples!! This seller does a great job with all her lessons!"

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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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