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- Start the year with our most popular fall STEM challenges! These STEM activities are great for back to school, celebrating the fall season, and connecting to Halloween and Thanksgiving themes! 5 Halloween Themed Engineering ChallengesSpider Parachute Halloween Engineering Challenge: Design a parachu$29.00$36.75Save $7.75
Design a parachute to save a spider! This is a fun Halloween STEM activity that your students will love with a version for distance learning!
When some spiders are born, they make parachutes out of their silk in order to safely drop from their mother’s web. They release a few strands of silk that form a triangular-shaped parachute that catches the breeze and lifts them in the air! But in our challenge today, one of the baby spiders is unable to deploy their parachute and needs your help to get down!
This hands-on activity is an engaging design challenge that allows students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect math topics to real-world applications. As a student-driven assignment, the purpose of the teacher is to act as a facilitator. You will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building a device to deposit a rover into the lunar crater. Our students have loved this activity, and we know yours will too!
This packet includes:
- Detailed teachers guide with links to resources
- Science background related to drag forces and gravity
- Student handouts to guide them through the design process: includes two versions for elementary and middle school students
- Editable Google Slides journal for distance learning
- Materials budget page
- Math connection problems
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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