STEM Quick Challenge Design a Container

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Can you use a few supplies and build a container? It must hold weight and follow all the design rules! Your students will love this STEM Activity and making these little containers and you will love the easy-to-prep challenge!

Note: This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

What is the challenge?

This challenge features the task of using given supplies to design and build a container. Specific criteria for the task is given to students along with a box of supplies. Stand back and watch them construct! Students test their containers by adding pennies as weights! How many pennies can your container hold?

What is your prep?

Supplies needed in addition to this package include card stock or heavyweight paper, straws, coffee stir sticks, pipe cleaners, clear tape, pennies, hole punchers, and a container for each group’s supplies. Of course, substitutions can be made for any of these!

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover sheet
  • Teacher Background
  • 2 pages of Teacher Directions
  • Set of Criteria cards for students (with and without background color)
  • Lab Sheet
  • Folding Graphic Organizer page
  • 2 pages of Photos
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use page
  • And, here’s a bonus- All the forms are editable!

A simple Teacher's Guide is provided. Just talk about the Criteria of the task, give students their supply boxes, and let them get busy planning, designing, collaborating, and learning!

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