STEM Challenge - Make a Boat 3-Day Challenge SMART Notebook - Grades 5-8

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The Make a Boat STEM Challenge is a 3-day (42-minute periods) engineering and design exercise that will get your students thinking before or after a long break, back to school time, or for those days before the end of the school year. Plus, this activity incorporates critical thinking, collaboration, drawing, and measurement in addition to scientific engineering skills!

This product presents a scenario to the students where the captain of a sight-seeing boat company is in need of a better boat that will not sink during his tours. The students are given a materials list of common household items that they may use in the process of developing their prototype. Students complete the STEM Design Steps throughout this process and eventually will test their prototypes, troubleshoot any issues, and redesign to try to yield a better product. Students can compete against each other in a friendly competition to see whose boat prototype will hold the most pennies for the longest amount of time. Who will be crowned the Boat Building Challenge Champion in your class?

Included in this Package:
• Corresponding SMART Notebook Presentation (23 slides in SMART Notebook)
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• Student Lab Handout (4 pages in pdf)
• Detailed Lesson Plan (5 pages in pdf)

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