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Looking for St. Patrick’s Day activities that your students will love but are more than just a craft or activity to pass the time? This St. Patrick’s STEM Challenge (or STEAM Challenge) will keep your students engaged in brain-busting work disguised as fun!
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.
NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
- 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
- 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)
- Discussion Questions (color and B&W; editable)
- 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 (editable)
- Create-your-own word problems
Plus, you'll get the 1:1 version for use with Google Slides (TM). See the previews of each resource above for details.
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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:
(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)
• 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)
• Bags to collect gold (1)
• Ruler/measuring tape
• Design analysis handouts (included)
• 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.
What do teachers have to say about this resource?
“This was such an interesting project to do with my students. I loved watching them come up with different ways to get the gold!”
“Awesome- loved using this with my second graders the planning/reflection sheets were awesome.”
“My class loved this activity! We used a balance scale and gram weights to weigh our "gold." Adding 100s, 10s, 5s, and 1s was perfect for 2nd graders. Just another variation to the multiple suggestions in the packet. Thanks!”
“Adapted a little bit and included religion with St. Patrick. Changed the candy to "counters" and am using positive/negative integers as well.”