STEM Engineering Challenge Bungee Jumping

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STEM Challenge: This is one fantastic challenge that is now in our top three all-time favorites! It’s a bungee jump challenge using rubber bands and a ton of math!

Note: This challenge may be purchased as part of a money-saving bundle!

In this challenge students will experiment with dropping a toy figure with an increasing number of rubber bands – a modified bungee jump! They will keep data tables of the jumps and then average the jump trials. They will also graph the results and after 7 jump trials will use the data table and graph to attempt to predict the number of rubber bands that will be needed to jump from a much higher height. Can they use their data accurately enough to give the doll a safe ride? Wow, this is the best way to practice averaging, using graphs and data tables, predicting by using data, and total collaboration!

This challenge includes two methods for use. The first method is inquiry/discovery based with students determining how they will use the data table and graph information with very teacher direction. The second method is teacher directed with analyzing data, graphing, using averaging and finding the median, and predicting based on the data. Each method has its own set of lab sheets. The graphing page is also included.

Materials you will need in addition to this package include: rubber bands, toy figures (like a 10 inch doll), Measuring tapes, and calculators.

This package specifically contains: Cover page, Teacher Background page, Table of Contents, Materials and Preparation page, 4 pages of Teacher Directions applicable to the experiment portion of the task, 4 pages of Teacher Directions for Method 1, Method 1 lab sheets, 3 pages of Teacher Directions for Method 2, Method 2 lab sheets, Errors page, Reflections page, 3 pages of Photos, and a Terms of Use page. The teacher direction pages include photos and samples of student work. In some cases the samples are large in order for you to see them adequately.

This was a fabulous challenge and one my students LOVED! If your style is to allow student choice as part of their learning try Method 1. If you like a more teacher-directed approach, then try Method 2. I used both and they both worked great!

NOTE: A Video of our Bungee Jump experience can be viewed: Bungee Jumps

This challenge works perfectly with two other Experiment and Design events!
STEM Challenge Building Ramps
STEM Challenge Build a Flood Barrier

All three Experiment and Design Challenges can be purchased in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Bundle Experiment and Design

Or, even better this challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Real Life Adventures

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You might also enjoy these STEM Challenges:

STEM Challenge: Bucket Towers
STEM Challenge: Straw Hoop Flyers
STEM Challenge Build a Hammock
STEM Challenge Tennis Ball Towers

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STEM Engineering Challenge Bungee Jumping
STEM Engineering Challenge Bungee Jumping
STEM Engineering Challenge Bungee Jumping
STEM Engineering Challenge Bungee Jumping