STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy

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Looking for a Valentine's Day activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering and/or math? This STEM challenge is for you!

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. ☺

*** CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW ***

Multiple iterations are recommended to get the most student benefit, but this can also be treated as a one-off activity.

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This is one of five Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a 33% discount:

Valentine’s Day 5-in-1 STEM Challenge Bundle (2nd – 8th)

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

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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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- 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 at least 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. I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.

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

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

– 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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Product includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Premise & Set-up
- Materials and timing
- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- A video walk-through of this challenge will be posted Feb. 9, 2017


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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Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!

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Total Pages
40+
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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STEM Challenge: Flower Frenzy
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