Get ready to do some elephant engineering!
Most elementary teachers are more comfortable and knowledgeable with literature, so I have decided to create STEM challenge packs based on specific picture books, like 'Engineering Elephants", by Emily M. Hunt and Michelle L. Pantoya.!
This engineering challenge activity pack is one of many that I have created to use in my classroom! I sometimes place these challenges, one per table, and the students rotate around the room in order to complete them. There are no right or wrong answers, many different solutions will work! You could also rotate these challenges through a science center. I plan to complete these as a whole class activity, one-two per week at the beginning of the year as a way to introduce what engineers do. This book is a great way to introduce engineering to kids! I store everything in a dollar store gift bag or plastic tub!
These activities are great to use any time of the school year. You can use all of them or just pick and choose! The materials required for these challenges are easy to find and inexpensive! There are five challenges included in this pack:
Roller Coasters Challenge
Puff Race Cars Challenge
Surfboard Ramp Challenge
Football Helmet Challenge
Rocket Ship Challenge
These STEM engineering and design challenges will help your students showcase their engineering skills! These challenges have quite a WOW factor! Don't forget, World Elephant Day is celebrated in August!