STEM Challenge Water Slide

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My students loved creating a water slide and figuring out what didn't work and why. Very fun resource for the hot days at the beginning of the school year.
Love this resource! My students and I had so much fun creating our slides! 10/10 highly recommend this purchase!
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Highly engaging and great fun! Here’s a challenge to get through those summer months or summer camps. Try this STEM project at any time of year and be amazed as your students engineer a slide that transports a toy to a splash-down at the bottom!

Note: This challenge is available in money-saving bundles.

What is the challenge?

  • Students will be using materials to plan a design and then construct a working water slide that will transport a toy figure down the slide- without leaking water.
  • The main materials for the slide part are not waterproof so students must plan for waterproofing.
  • The slide must also resemble a slide, have an optional turn in it, and have an access point- like a ladder.
  • Students will use the steps of the Engineering Design Process.
  • You will love the pages of detailed and labeled teacher directions.

This challenge is from my STEM by the Month collection.

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes straws, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, waxed paper, bowls, masking tape, cardboard tubes, paper towels, cups, and toy figures.

The package specifically includes:

  • Cover
  • Teacher background
  • Materials and preparation page
  • 4 pages of teacher directions
  • Constraints list
  • 4 pages of photographs
  • Extra Hints page
  • Student lab sheet –with sample answers
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use page
  • All forms are provided in an editable format.
  • The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 1 class session (1 hour) to complete.

What are teachers saying?

  • "Directions were clear and the students were able to use the handouts to describe the design process and evaluate their work."
  • "This is a fantastic STEM activity. My 4th graders love doing STEM challenges, especially in summer school. Thanks for a wonderful product!!"
  • "My students and I LOVED this Design Challenge! They loved it for the hands-on exploration and discovery. I loved it for the multidimensional learning. Thank you so much for this incredible resource!"

This challenge works perfectly with two more summer fun challenges!

Or you can save money and grab the Summer Fun Bundle!

I also have a nonfiction reading set that will work perfectly with this challenge:


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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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