STEM and Bobbing for Apples

STEM and Bobbing for Apples
STEM and Bobbing for Apples
STEM and Bobbing for Apples
STEM and Bobbing for Apples
STEM and Bobbing for Apples
STEM and Bobbing for Apples
STEM and Bobbing for Apples
STEM and Bobbing for Apples
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STEM Engineering Challenge for Autumn and Halloween !

Let’s add a little engineering to the harvest party tradition of bobbing for apples. We can use our STEM skills to build devices that keep our faces out of the water. With a tub of water, ten small apples and a bag of easy to find materials for each group, we can have a creative activity that encourages “brain push ups”.

The following items are included :

Bobbing for Apples Informative Text

Comprehension Questions


Bobbing for Apples with STEM Engineering Activity (7 pages)


Inquiry Questions

Engineering Process Poster

Rubric (updated)

Job cards

NGSS Chart

Teacher notes (3 pages)

Credits, Terms of Use, Resources (4 pages)

"One of the best design challenges I have purchased. Definitely worth the money. Kids worked in partners. They had a chance to test their designs in the sink with an apple and then redesign if necessary. We did the final test in a large tub of water. Kids are still talking about this challenge two months later. Thank you!” Jasmine

Need some pumpkin activities? We added an awesome packet on 9/20/19!

A Pumpkin Activity Packet for Autumn!
It is pumpkin time and that means pumpkin research, pumpkin writing, pumpkin math, pumpkin task cards, pumpkin engineering ….and a pumpkin latte??? Sorry, the latte you will have to get on your own, but we do have a packet that will provide everything else for your classroom during the fall season.
The packet has activities that can be integrated into math, language arts, science and a maker space. Students will read, research and write a summary, apply their knowledge of simple machines to an engineering challenge, and tackle math problems. All with a fun pumpkin theme!
What is in the packet?
NGSS and Common Core Standards List
Teacher Information
Research Questions, websites, and book references
Six Maker Space Pumpkin Task Cards
Pumpkin Math Hands-On Activity and Challenge Problems
Mini Punkin’ Chuckin’ Engineering Challenge Packet ( simple machines connection)
Engineering Design Process Poster
Inquiry Questions
Student Job Cards
Introduction to the Design Process

Pumpkin Extravaganza

We also have a discounted bundle with more fun Halloween lessons.

Engineering Halloween with STEM

*October and November Theme Bundles are also available.*

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Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Total Pages
22 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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