STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy

STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
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STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
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Looking for Valentine’s Day activities that your students will love but are more than just a craft or activity to pass the time? This Valentine’s STEM Challenge (or STEAM Challenge) will keep your students engaged in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

The basic premise:
Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a uniquely talented bouquet of flowers! This STEM challenge actually contains four challenge prompts that can be taken separately or simultaneously in groups:
– Floating Flowers
– Fluff & Flatten Flowers
– Functional Flowers
– Firmly Fixed Flowers

I will never apologize for my love of alliterative titles. ☺

Note: Although it is part of the Valentine’s Day bundle, this challenge works well for spring, Easter, and Mother’s Day as well.

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Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES (TM) instead.

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Handouts Post-design extension activities list
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

Student Handouts
- Four Criteria & Constraints lists for four flower frenzy challenges (editable versions in color and black & white provided)
- Results and Design Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included in color and black & white)
- Discussion Questions


Extension templates
- Scientific Method - Design your own plant growth experiment handouts with sample answer key
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension

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This is one of five challenges available in the Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge bundle at a 40% discount!

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!


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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)

– Colored tissue paper and/or construction paper (5+ pieces)
– Straws (5 - 10)
– Pipe cleaners (5 - 10)
– Plastic baggies (1-2)
– Tape (24 in.)
– Rubber bands (5 - 10)
– Bucket with water (to test floating flowers)
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Record results & analysis handouts
Optional
• Foil (1-2 small sheets)
• String/yarn
• Craft sticks (5 – 10)
• Cardboard (scrap pieces, equally distributed to groups)
• Paperclips
• Brass brads
• Small cups

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience
- High levels of student engagement
- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

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What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“Thorough resource, perfect for spring!”

“Perfect resource for spring! We turned our flowers into a Mother's Day gift.”
“Awesome. As usual.”

“Kids loved these activities! Thank you.”

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You might also like these resources:

STEM Challenges & Bundles (grades 2 – 8):

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Late Winter STEM Bundle

St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge Bundle

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE


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Please check out the video preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Video preview music credit:
"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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