STEM, squirrels, and birds create a great combination for a unique lesson. This engineering activity challenges your students to look at a problem from two points of view.
Can your students engineer a bird feeder that is squirrel proof? Can your students design a way for squirrels to enter a bird feeder? This two part engineering project looks at a problem from the viewpoint of the bird and then the viewpoint of the squirrel.
If you have bird feeders and squirrels in your yard, you know that it is a challenge to keep the squirrels out of the feeders. Squirrels are very smart and have a million ways to get at the bird food. In this activity, we emphasize not only the engineering challenge but also the importance of good communication skills on a team. One task will be from the squirrels’ point of view and one will be from the birds’ point of view and the groups will switch tasks so that they experience both. Therefore this activity will take several days to complete. The students will first build a “squirrel proof” bird feeder. They will trade bird feeders and analyze a bird feeder created by another team. Then they will engineer a device for squirrels to get into the birdfeeder. Analyzing problems from different angles and perspectives is important when faced with an engineering challenge. This incorporates the phrase “ What would happen if…?” into a fun STEM activity for the classroom.
Included in the packet are teacher notes and suggestions, student activity pages for two activities that emphasize the engineering design process, inquiry questions, rubric, engineering design process poster, and reflection pages.
*A suggested optional picture book to support this activity is Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin.
Looking for STEM activities for Autumn or Halloween? We have a discounted bundle as well as individual fun activities that are perfect for October
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Studying explorers this month? STEM can be integrated into that topic too.
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