STEM Paper Platforms Challenge

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Used these Stem activities at the beginning of the year to teach how to work as partners and with a group.
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Your students are going to love this platform experiment and design challenge! So will you as the materials are so easy! This one also has some fun experimenting with shapes before the design challenge! And only two materials!

Note: This challenge can be purchased as part of money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

  • Students experiment with geometric shapes used as a building support and then design and build a platform.
  • There are specific rules to follow in the construction of the platform and the final structure will be tested with weight.
  • One added feature of this challenge is having students use a budget for the supplies. They must choose wisely and use the supplies well!
  • Teamwork is essential!

But wait! There are several ways to complete this challenge!

  • Do the experiment with columns and use the budget feature.
  • Do the experiment with columns and don't use the budget feature.
  • Don't do the experiment and use the budget feature.
  • Don't do the experiment or use the budget feature.

One page of the resource will share the FOUR different sets of criteria cards and the matching lab sheets. This will help you decide which will work for our classroom. Completing everything should take two class sessions. Leaving out the experiment will take one class session.

What is your prep?

Materials you will need in addition to this package include newspaper or brown paper, masking tape, rulers, and scissors.

This package specifically contains:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Background
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • Variations and Decisions page
  • 5 pages of Teacher’s Step-by-Step Procedures
  • 3 pages of photos
  • 4 sets of criteria cards and matching lab sheets
  • Scoring rubric
  • Variation of the challenge using different paper
  • 2 more pages of photos
  • Editable forms file

This platform challenge works great with two more platform events:

Or you can save money with these either of these two bundles:


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