Saint Patricks Day STEM Challenge Build a Leprechaun Trap PRINT and DIGITAL

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11 print, 14 digital
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In this St. Patrick's Day themed STEM challenge, students design and build a trap to catch a leprechaun, using gold to lure him to the trap. Then, they test their trap by placing a heavy object on top of the trap door. This download includes:

  • teacher directions with discussion questions and extension activities
  • background information about leprechauns including what they are known for and where the legend comes from
  • an introduction to the challenge
  • a student response page
  • a scoring rubric
  • a force copy link to a digital Google Slides version

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Credits: Photos by Jeon Sang-OBirgit Boellinger, Sinnes Reich, and Andreas. Photos were sourced via Pixabay and used with permission. All other photos were taken by Shea LaFountaine of LaFountaine of Knowledge. Clipart by Dazzling Clips, The Blueberry Pail, and Kelsey Mango, Clip art graphics were sourced via Teachers Pay Teachers and used with permission. Fonts used include: Amatic SC by Vernon Adams and Coming Soon by Open Window. Fonts used with permission under open source licenses.

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11 print, 14 digital
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.


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