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STEM Engineering Challenge - Periscope

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2nd - 7th, Homeschool
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Engineering design challenge #3: Design a Periscope! This STEM activity provides a great introduction to the Engineering Design Process. These challenges use common items you likely already have in your classroom or can easily obtain.

Materials needed for this challenge: small mirrors (ask for old makeup mirrors or craft mirrors; this challenge can even be done with CDs as the reflective surface), cardboard (or paper towel rolls), duct tape, magnifying glass, flashlight, bamboo skewers (optional), protractor (optional).

There are duplicate copies of a page to include spelling of favorite (favourite). This activity does not use length measurements so is suitable for both imperial and metric systems.

What's Included:
For the teacher (6 pages):

Designing a Periscope: Overview (2 pages)
Planning time line
Introduction to Engineering for Elementary Students
Design Criteria page
Performance rubric

For the students (19 pages):

Introduction to Optics and Reflection
Warm-up activity (3 pages, includes differentiation)
Testing data sheet
Design a Periscope (10 page booklet)
Design a Periscope (2 page worksheet option instead of booklet to save paper, or use for upper grades)
Follow-up activity
Certificates of Completion, color and b&w included
Blank cover page to use for additional engineering challenges
Answer Keys (2 pages)

Please Note: You do not have to purchase these engineering design challenges in order. They are all self-contained. If you purchase this one first, you can purchase any of the other add on packs (see below) for more challenges!

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Engineering Design Process Posters
Engineering Disciplines Posters
Engineering Posters BUNDLE
STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges
STEM Challenges Classroom Pack (STEAM)

Engineering Design Challenges (initial purchase)
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Power Transmission Tower
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #5 - Design a Fidget Spinner
Engineering Design Challenges BUNDLE

Engineering Design Challenge ADD ON PACKS (subsequent purchase)
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device ADD ON PACK
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Transmission Tower ADD ON PACK
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope ADD ON PACK
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship ADD ON PACK

Disclaimer: I have done my best to keep these as safe as possible. However, please make sure that you do your own due diligence when performing any STEM challenge. Adult supervision is necessary. Please use care, caution, and your best judgement when performing any STEM challenge, engineering challenge, or science experiment. The seller disclaims all liability for any damage or injury which might arise from the use of any of these projects.

Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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