St. Patrick's Day STEM Activity - St. Pat's Snake Snatcher

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2nd - 8th
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Description

Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge that your students will love but is more than just a fun activity to pass the time?

The basic premise:

Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a device to rid Ireland of snakes as quickly and safely as possible.

– Snakes (10 – 20) will be spread over a map of Ireland (three map options are provided). Student devices must lift snakes from Ireland and drop them in the surrounding ocean.

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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 (TM) 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.

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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges

- Materials and timing

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Handouts Post-design extension activities list

- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

Student Handouts

- Criteria & Constraints List (in color and B&W; editable)

- Results and Design Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included in color and black & white; editable)

- Map of Ireland (three choices provided in color and B&W)

- Discussion Questions (color and B&W; editable)

Extension templates

- Snake Research Log (editable)

- Camouflage & Mimicry Research Log (editable)

- Writing templates

- Process Flow Map

- Math Extension

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St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge bundle at a 40% discount!

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)

– Variety of snakes. (10 – 30)

• Gummy worms, Licorice, rotini noodles (raw or cooked), plastic snakes, twisted pipe cleaners, etc.

• Note: there is an option in the challenge to mix in other “creatures” with the snakes to add difficulty. You may elect to designate some of the materials listed above or select new ones.

– Craft sticks (5 – 10)

– Pipe cleaners (5 - 10)

– String/yarn (12 – 24 in.)

– Straws (5 – 10)

– Tape (12 - 24 in.)

– Rubber bands (5 - 10)

– Scissors

– Second timer

– Design analysis handouts (included)

– Map of Ireland (Included)

• Place in sheet protectors or laminate (optional)

Optional

• Small cups or bowls

• Blue paper (ocean surrounding Ireland)

• Clothespins or binder clips (3 – 5)

• Paperclips (10 – 20)

• Toothpicks (10 – 20)

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning

- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience

- High levels of student engagement

- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)

- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

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What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“One of my students favorite activities from the year.”

“Great idea for St. Patrick's Day to go beyond the gold and leprechauns and get to the meaning behind the holiday. Love your work! Thanks!”

“My students LOVED this activity! So much fun!”

“This is an incredible resource. I already started planning for March 17 and cant wait to use it!”

“Great for St. Patrick's Day! Our kids really enjoyed these while keeping their minds engaged!”

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You might also like these resources:

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Late Winter STEM Bundle

Easter / Spring STEM Challenge Bundle

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE

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Please check out the video preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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Video preview music credit:

"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSK-2-ETS1-2
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-3
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
NGSSMS-ETS1-2
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-1
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
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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