A new way to STEM! Guide your students through the entire STEM engineering design process using a simple trifold. Students will ask, imagine, plan, create, evaluate, reflect, and improve…all in the trifold!
For this challenge which can be completed in one class period, students will construct a flotation device for an action figure.
Material suggestions: foam, packing peanuts, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, cork, plastic bags, pool noodles, tape, rubber bands (or whatever random materials you can find!) You will also need action figures and a plastic tub for water.
Because I know that you need to "fit" STEM into your curriculum, I also included a reading passage that explains the science behind flotation devices and includes multiple choice questions to be used as test prep. Science concepts addressed in the reading passage include: buoyancy and density.
This project is also designed with NGSS Engineering Standards for grades 3-5 in mind. The trifold uses NGSS terminology to have students define the challenge, consider the time and material constraints, and consider the success criteria. These important science and critical thinking skills are explained and addressed in a way that makes them accessible for elementary learners.
A rubric is also included to assess students as they work through the design challenge.
Picture examples and printing instructions (including a video) are included.
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