STEM Challenge Build a Brick Race Car

Grade Levels
1st - 4th, Homeschool
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Can you design a car that will travel the farthest distance when it leaves a ramp? This activity covers the Next Generation Science Standards of Engineering! There are three differentiated recording sheets:

-One basic one for younger students where they circle the best result after two trials before redesigning their car

-One on which students have three trials and need to find the median

-Finally, one on which older students must find the average of three trials

A tips and suggestions page (including directions for creating a ramp out of classroom materials) and vocabulary list are also in the packet.

YOU NEED building bricks, including WHEELS and AXLES for this activity.

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Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
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.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.


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