Nice Nest is a STEM / STEAM lesson sure to engage and delight your students as a spring or Easter activity!
The basic premise:
Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a nest that holds as many eggs as possible using predominantly toilet paper.
Note: This is the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES™ instead.
If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.
NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
- STEM Challenge How-to Video Links
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Link to video walk through of this challenge
- Criteria & Constraints List (color and B&W; editable)
- Design Analysis Handouts (editable; 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included; color and B&W)
- Discussion Questions (editable; color and B&W)
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension
- Bird Research Log (editable)
- Bird Idioms Log (editable)
This is one of five challenges available for a 40% discount in the Easter STEM Design Challenge 5-in-1 bundle.
This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!
Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.
Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:
• Toilet Paper (1 roll each; the cheaper, the better)
• Plastic bowl or container (preferably with transparent sides)
• Plastic eggs (12 of various sizes or all one size)
– If a group creates a nest with greater capacity than 12 eggs, have groups buddy up for testing to share their eggs.
• Binder clips (4)
• Yarn (12 – 24 four-inch strips)
• Design analysis handouts (included)
– Small cups and water to test rain resistance
– Sand or clay to weight the eggs for added difficulty
What do teachers have to say about this resource?
“LOVED it! So did the students!!!”
“The kids loved this activity! I will definitely be doing this again!”
“This was great! Students learned a lot and so easy for me to use!”
"We did this activity with our Pre-K buddies! It was the Pre-K students FIRST STEM CHALLENGE and they loved it SO MUCH! They were so proud of their accomplishments! I was so proud of my 5th graders! They did such a great job!”
Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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