St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold

St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Get the Gold
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Looking for an engaging St. Patrick's Day activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering and/or math?

The basic premise:
Working against criteria & constraints individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build one or more devices to transfer leprechaun gold from his pot to their own.

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Resource includes:

Teacher Tips
- Links to STEM Challenge How-To videos
- Link to video walk through of this challenge
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list

Student Handouts
- Criteria & Constraints List (in color and black & white; editable versions provided)
- Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included) (in color and black & white)
- Discussion Questions (in color and black & white)

Extension templates
- Write a Limerick
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension options (Identifying even vs. odd numbers; using divisibility rules with 4-digit numbers; using divisibility rules with square roots and exponents, and create-your-own word problems)

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This is one of five challenges available at a 40% discount in the St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 bundle

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

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

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

• Pots of “gold” to test designs (1 per group or 1 whole-class)
• Pots: Halloween plastic cauldrons look the part, but any bowl will do.
• Gold: chocolate coins, Almond Hershey’s Kisses, Rolos, etc. (two or three bags should be plenty for the whole class)
• Alternate option: if you also did the “Guard the Gold” challenge, use student-made pots of gold.
• Pipe cleaners (5 - 10)
• String/yarn (12 24 in.)
• Tape (12 - 24 in.)
• Rubber bands (5 - 10)
• Scissors
• Bags to collect gold (1)
• Ruler/measuring tape
• Design analysis handouts (included)
Optional
• Craft sticks (5 – 10)
• Paperclips (10 – 20)
• Straws (5 – 10)
• Binder clips or clothespins (5)
• Bowls, cups, or coffee filters (1)
• Plastic spoons, knives, or forks
• Decoy/fool’s gold: crumpled yellow paper, cotton balls, etc.


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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 - 90 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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You might also like these resources:

Seasonal STEM Design Challenge 5-in-1 Bundles (grades 2 – 8):

St. Patrick’s Day

Easter

Valentine’s Day

Halloween

Thanksgiving

Christmas/Winter


Or these great resources:


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30 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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