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

St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
St. Patrick's Day STEM Challenge: Guard the Gold
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Looking for a St. Patrick's Day activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering and/or math? This St. Pat’s STEM challenge is fun you can feel good about!

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.

*** CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW ***

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Resource includes:

Teacher Tips
- Links to STEM Challenge How-To Videos
- Link to challenge walk through video
- 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)
- Leprechaun Lore List (In color and black & white)
- Discussion Questions (In color and black & white)

Extension templates
- Rainbow Research Log
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension

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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:

– 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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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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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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