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Space STEM Starter Challenges MEGA Bundle: Middle School

Vivify STEM
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    Space STEM Starter Challenges MEGA Bundle: Upper Elementary & Middle School

    Launch your students into STEM with these space-themed STEM challenges that incorporate the engineering design process. This mega bundle includes engaging STEM activities for space activities and design challenges all year long! Updated for distance learning with instructional videos and digital STEM journals. These activities have been selected to best serve students in grades 4 - 8th. If you are looking for activities for younger grades, jump here for the elementary version.

    Also included is the popular Mars Colony Design Project where students design a colony on Mars for the ultimate project-based learning experience! A lunar version is also provided to allow for a different theme!

    20% off individual products! Bundle includes:

    • Design a Mars Colony STEM Project: Students will apply scientific concepts, math skills, critical thinking, research, and engineering design to plan a long term habitat on Mars. (1) STEM Project guide with student handouts to guide teams through the engineering design process including reflection on society on Earth, learning about Mars, research, brainstorming solutions, designing colony, testing colony against scenarios, and final design. (2) Mission to Mars Planning Game product dives deeper into possible colony solutions, adds an interactive and game-like planning tool, teaches about real-world NASA engineering solutions, and is useful for students with limited internet access. (3) Explore Mars games: Teach students all about Mars through 5 interactive games and activities! Updated to include a digital journal.
    • Design a Moon Colony STEM Project: A lunar themed version of the Mars Colony project.
    • Mission to Mars STEM Curriculum: A complete STEM curriculum that follows a Mars storyline. Students are a team of astronauts and must complete engineering design challenges to survive! Click the link to learn more.
    • Mission to Moon STEM Curriculum: A lunar version of the Mission to Mars that also includes 2 instructional videos for each mission!
    • Save the Earth STEM Activity: Students use critical thinking and creativity to come up with ideas to stop an impending asteroid collision.
    • Space Lander STEM Design Challenge: Student teams build a lander using the Engineering Design Process to keep two "astronauts" inside a cup as it is dropped from various heights. Includes printed and digital versions plus an instructional video.
    • Kepler's Law of Planetary Motion: Demonstrate Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion with four engaging activities delivering a learning experience that is sure to grab the attention of all types of learners.
    • Lunar Crater Team Challenge: Students use the engineering design process and explore the forces of motion to place a ball in a cup at the center of a 6 foot diameter circle without entering the circle.
    • Ultraviolet Solar Light Shelter STEM Challenge: Using UV sensitive beads, students explore how different materials absorb UV light and use the engineering design process to build a UV safe shelter.
    • Balloon Rocket Design Challenge: Students design balloon rockets to pop a balloon taped to the wall.
    • Straw Rocket Design Challenge: This STEM challenge pack includes a paper straw rocket activity, straw rocket engineering design challenge using a Pitsco launcher, student handouts, and extension problems on variable testing and test result comparison.
    • Space Rover Design Challenge: Students will build a rubber band powered rover to complete an exciting mission. They will then practice using Pi to analyze their design with imaginative math extension questions.
    • Heavy-Lift Straw or Stomp Rocket STEM Challenge: (1) Students design and build a straw rocket that mimics the Falcon Heavy rocket. It must hit a target and release a "space car" after launch. (2) Students design and build a stomp rocket to be launched with a stomp rocket launcher.
    • Drag Device Parachute STEM Design Challenge: Students use the engineering design process and explore the forces of gravity and air resistance to design a drag device to slow down a payload. Includes digital STEM journal.
    • Plants in Space STEM Design Challenge: Students will learn about what plants need to survive and then build a mini greenhouse. Students are then tasked to use the engineering design process to design and build a device to support their greenhouse.  Includes printed and digital versions plus an instructional video
    • Moon Rover STEM Design Challenge: NASA needs your help! Your mission is to use the engineering design process to design and build a rover to transport rock samples on the Moon. Includes printed and digital versions plus an instructional video

    Some of the math, science, and engineering topics covered in this space-themed STEM mega bundle pack:

    • Forces & motion
    • Space Sciences
    • Rocketry
    • Newton's Third Law
    • Engineering Design Process
    • Angles
    • Variables & testing
    • Moon phases
    • Planets
    • Solar Energy
    • Kepler Laws
    • Geometry
    • Botany

    Each STEM challenge includes:

    • Detailed educator guide with links to resources
    • Handouts on STEM career and real-world connections
    • Student recording packet for each step of the engineering design process
    • Science extension activities

    Looking for more STEM lessons? Find the Vivify resource guide here: bit.ly/VivifyResourceGuide

    About STEM Challenges: Click here to learn more about the 3 Stages of STEM. STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or after school program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own device.

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    250 pages
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    Teaching Duration
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
    Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
    Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


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