STEM Middle School Engineering Project
for 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
Updated August 2018!
In this S.T.E.M. lab, students will work in groups to create a bridge that will hold as much weight as possible. After constructing the bridge, students (or the teacher) will start placing pennies into the cup that is part of the bridge. How many pennies will each bridge hold before it collapses? Students will have a great time testing their design.
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This STEM Activity Challenge includes
teacher instructions, student instructions (worksheet), grading rubrics, a demonstration video for the teacher, a materials needed sheet, and the related NGSS standards!
In the teacher demonstration video
, I give you an overview of the activity challenge, talk about the materials involved and where to get them, demonstrate how to set up the challenge for the students, and discuss the science involved. Teachers have found these videos to be very helpful by showing them step-by-step how to run the activity and giving them a better understanding of the science behind it.
This activity will challenge students to work together in groups
to complete the given task. These activities are fun, engaging, and the students will learn science in the process. Group work and problem solving are at the heart of these STEM / STEAM challenges.
Each activity challenge will end with a real-world
research question, video, or activity. It is usually an extension of what the students just discovered and learned. The students will be involved, excited, and looking forward to future activity challenges in your classroom.
This activity addresses the following Next Generation Science Standards - NGSS
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