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Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash

Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Drippin' Dash
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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 Challenges 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 water scoop purpose-built for volume and stability to be used in a relay race: The Drippin’ Dash.

- If students work in groups, it is recommended that they make at least two designs so they have a back up available if one fails during the race.

*** 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

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)
- Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Create Math Problems Based on Designs
- Water Waste (leaky faucet calculation sheet – comes with editable version and answer key)

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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. )

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

– Water (~1 gallon)
– Buckets, pails, or tubs (2 per team, do not need to be identical)
– Straws (5 – 10)
– Saran wrap, wax paper, and/or foil (~12 sq. in.)
Do not use plastic baggies, it’s too easy!
– Pipe cleaners (4 – 6)
– Yarn or string (12 – 24 in.)
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Measuring cups, graduated cylinders, and/or beakers
– Design analysis handouts (included)

Optional
– Cardboard scraps
– Toothpicks
– Clothespins or binder clips
– Water bottle lids
– Funnel (to help with race measurements)


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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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What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“I loved using this with my summer camp kids. Easy to adapt for any group.”

“This will be a great last week of school activity to have some fun while keeping the learning going strong. Thank you!”

“Thanks for such a great resource! Your design challenges are so engaging and easy to modify for my young students.”

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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: Amphibious Phone

End of Year / Summer: Wicked-Fast Water Slide

End of Year / Summer: Pick & Pack

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



Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!




Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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