Sail Car STEM Challenge

Sail Car STEM Challenge
Sail Car STEM Challenge
Sail Car STEM Challenge
Sail Car STEM Challenge
Sail Car STEM Challenge
Sail Car STEM Challenge
Sail Car STEM Challenge
Sail Car STEM Challenge
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STEM challenges allow students to work cooperatively and are great for team building and are just plain FUN! I use the Sail Car STEM Challenge to introduce our unit on Force and Motion.

This challenge involves science and engineering process skills. You may choose to include background on sail cars and allow students to do some research if you like!
For the challenge, you’ll need index cards, straws, tape, ring-shaped hard candy, straws, construction paper, and a STEM Challenge packet.

In the classroom, it is a team competition. Students work in teams of 3 or 4 and I assign team roles (Materials, Build Director, Time Keeper, and Recorder) by numbering off my students (all 1’s are the recorder, all 2’s are the time keeper, etc.). The Sail Car Challenge objective is to design a car that travels the farthest distance by blowing on the sail. Each team works together to design, build, test the design and revise and record their ideas, designs and modifications on the recording pages.
The teams then explain and demonstrate their Sail Car design with the class. Each team gets 3 trials to sail their car and the distances are recorded on “The Challenge” page. The Sail Car that travels the farthest distance is the winner! Each team has a chance to reflect on the process at the end. Reflection is a very important part of the design process!

This Sail Car STEM Challenge includes:
♦Objective/Rules/Team Member Assignments
♦Sail Car Planning page
♦Sail Car Design./Modify page
♦Sail Car Challenge page
♦Sail Car Post-Challenge Reflection page
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Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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