St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless

St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold 1:1 Paperless
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Looking for St. Patrick’s Day activities that your students will love but are more than just a St. Patrick’s Day craft or activity to pass the time? This St. Patrick’s STEM Challenge will keep your students engaged in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

The basic premise:

For leprechauns, life is a constant struggle to protect their pot of gold from treasure hunters and keep from getting caught themselves!

Working against criteria & constraints individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build one or more devices to help a leprechaun guard his pot of gold from thieves.

Modifications included for grades 2-8.

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Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the printable version 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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This is one of five St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a 40% discount:

St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge: 5-in-1 DIGITAL/PAPERLESS Bundle

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Slides Post-design extension activities list
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge
- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos
- Leprechaun Lore List (printable and slide versions)

Student Slides
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Leprechaun Lore List
- Design Analysis
- Discussion Questions

Extension slides
- Process flow map
- Website & Video linked slides
- Rainbow research log
- Guard the Gold narrative writing slide re: rainbows and visible light
- Create & solve math problems based on designs


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CLICK THE GREEN PREVIEW BUTTON UNDER THE COVER & THUMBNAILS TO SEE THE SLIDES INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE!
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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

– Gold chocolate coins (5 – 10)
• Almond Hershey’s Kisses or Rolos are a good alternate – easier to find and often less expensive
– Small cups, bowls, or coffee filters (1 – 3)
– Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
– String/yarn (24 – 36 in.)
– Shoeboxes and/or cardboard scraps (distributed evenly among groups)
– Craft sticks (5 – 10)
– Tape (12 – 24 in.)
– Rubber bands (5 – 10)
– Scissors
– Second-timer
– Design analysis handouts (included)
– Leprechaun Lore List (included)
Optional
• Plastic baggies (1 – 2)
• Clothespins (2 – 4)
• Paperclips (10 – 20)
• Straws (5 – 10)
• Toothpicks (10 – 20)
• Brass brads/fasteners (2 – 4)
• Single hole-punch

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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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What do teachers have to say about this resource?
Note: Comments taken from the print version.

"My students did an amazing job, and this resource was easy for them to understand.”

"Awesome!!!”

"Excellent resource!"

“So much fun!”


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20 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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