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

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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.

Multiple iterations are recommended to get the most student benefit, but this can also be treated as a one-off activity.


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This is one of five challenges available at a 33% 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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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- 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 at least 45 – 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. I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.
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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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Product includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- 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 (editable version provided)
- Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension


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Note: If you have purchased some of my non-holiday STEM challenges, this is a lighter – though not necessarily light – approach. Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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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