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Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone

Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Product Description
It’s the end of the school year, so your end-of-year activities need to be on-point to keep kids engaged! This summer STEM / STEAM Challenge brings the joy back to your classroom with collaborative, hands-on, brain-busting work (disguised as fun)!

The basic premise:
Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a summer-proof* case for a smart phone. (No actual smart phones will be harmed in this activity; they’ll create weighted test phones!)

*Summer-proof = waterproof & retrievable when dropped in a body of water

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


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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge How-To videos
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge (video posts May 5, 2017)

Student Handouts
- Criteria & Constraints List (color and black & white; editable version provided)
- Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included) (color and black & white)
- Smartphone cut-outs (in color and B&W)
- Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Create Math Problems Based on Designs
- Classifying Animals Activity Templates
- Under-the-Sea Writing Activity Templates

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This is one of five challenges available at a 40% discount in the Summer 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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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

• Bucket/bin filled with water for testing (at least 1 per class needed)
• Weights (4 – 6 oz. per group)
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If weights aren’t available, the following objects weigh approximately 4 -6 oz.:
• 112 – 168 paper clips
• 4 – 6 slices of bread
• 44 – 66 pennies
• 24 – 36 nickels
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• Saran Wrap or fold-over sandwich bags (not Ziploc®)
• Scale (If no scale is available, remove weight constraint from challenge.)
• Cardboard scraps
• Envelopes (at least 3 x 5 in)
• Tape (12 in.)
• Scissors
• Yarn (36 – 48 inches)
• Rubber bands (3 – 5)
• Paper towels
• Phone cut-outs (included)
• Design analysis handouts (included)

Optional
• Balloons
• Stopwatch
• Pipe cleaners
• Cotton
• Foil
• A variety of tape (duct, shipping, scotch, masking)


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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 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:

STEM Challenges & Bundles (grades 2 – 8):

Summer STEM Bundle

Back-to-School STEM Bundle

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE

Back-to-School STEM Challenge Bundle

End of Year / Summer: Keep it Cool – Make it Melt

End of Year / Summer: Wicked-Fast Water Slide

End of Year / Summer: Pick & Pack

End of Year / Summer: Drippin’ Dash

Card Towers STEM Challenge

Build a Boat STEM Challenge

New Earth City STEM Challenge


Or these great resources:


Photosynthesis: Hands-on Modeling Activity

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Speak, Listen & Draw Task Cards

Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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