Read the short story and then complete a series of three related STEM engineering challenges. Includes vocabulary, clue cards and project sheets for a week of engineering fun!
The story, Who's for Dinner, focuses on the concepts of helicopters and their wings.
Can you make a paper helicopter for a single strand (stick) of spaghetti that will fall more slowly than a paper clip if both are dropped from the same height?
The other two challenges included in this pack are focused on creating the slowest and the fastest helicopters and they are completed once students have figured out the first challenge.
This engineering challenge activity pack is one of many that I have created to use in my classroom! My students really enjoy the idea of solving a problem or mystery when it is framed within a short background story. We do these challenges over the course of a week. Once students have figured out the first challenge, the other two are just manipulating the concept that was used previously. I use the clue cards as a way to give students hints, or help, as they progress through the challenges. You can pass them out to students one at a time, or even post them onto a bulletin board or on a projector. You can also post the vocabulary cards or print them out for students to use on their lab sheet. The solution sheets look great displayed and give students a chance to share their work with their classmates!
Encourage students to really think about the data they should be recording for each challenge.