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Santa's little helper elf is stuck on a shelf yet again! This is a great activity for your "Elf on the Shelf!" This engaging and hands-on activity will teach your students about pendulums as they assist the elf in safely swinging down from the shelf.
First, students complete an activity that explores the effect of different variables of simple pendulums. Next, your students will follow the engineering design process with the included worksheets to guide them through each step in creating a safety harness to protect the elf and the candy can he/she is holding on to. This is the perfect holiday-themed STEM challenge to review math and physics concepts while having fun! Don't have an Elf on the Shelf? No problem, any similar item or even a printed picture of an elf will work.
This packet includes:
*Detailed Teacher Notes including instructions and additional resources
*Engineering Design Process Handout
*Handout with a full overview of the physics of pendulums
*Student worksheets to guide them through the pendulum exploration activity and the design challenge using the Engineering Design Process
* Grading rubric
*Reflection questions and Math Extension questions (Graphing, algebraic expressions and equations, applied physics of pendulums) (in customary and metric units)
For another Elf STEM challenge, make sure to check out the Elf Zip Line Adventure and Elf Sledding Adventure from our store!
About STEM Challenges: STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device.
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