Spider Parachute Halloween STEM Challenge (Distance Learning)

Vivify STEM
Grade Levels
K - 8th, Homeschool
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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! 

Click here for an editable STEM journal to use with distance learning, including digital and printable versions.

**This product is similar to the Drag Device Challenge Product**

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

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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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Total Pages
25 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.


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