Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt

Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Keep it Cool - Make it Melt
Grade Levels
Product Rating
File Type

Compressed Zip File

Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.

57 MB|35 pages
Share
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:
In partners or groups, students will design and build two devices: one to slow the melting process (Keep it Cool) and one to speed it up (Make it Melt).

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


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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 April 30, 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; one set for Keep it Cool and another set for Make it Melt)
- Observation Log Handouts (2 pages to record changes to chocolate in the control, Keep it Cool and Make it Melt designs)

- Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Create Math Problems Based on Designs
- States of Matter Research Log Template

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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!


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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:

– Hershey bars (give each group three rectangles - ¼ of the bar - for testing)
• Hershey bars are ideal because it is easy to observe changes as the chocolate becomes shiny, the lettering fades, and lines become wavy.
• Ice cubes can be substituted, but try to ensure they are equal in size.
– Small cups (1-2)
– Foil (~12 sq. in.)
– Plastic baggies or plastic wrap (1 – 2)
– Pipe cleaners (4 – 6)
– String/yarn (12 – 24 in.)
– Cardboard scraps
– Cotton balls (3 – 6)
• Tissue, paper towels, or toilet paper can be substituted
– Scissors
– Tape (12 – 24 In.)
– Design analysis handouts (included)
– Observation handouts (included)

Optional
• Thermometers
• Markers & Construction paper
• Rubber bands
• Clothespins
• Stopwatches
• Cameras to capture changes over time


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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: Amphibious Phone

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
35 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
Report this Resource
Loading...
$4.00
Digital Download
avatar

Kerry Tracy

1,685 Followers
Follow
More products from Kerry Tracy
Product Thumbnail
$0.00
Product Thumbnail
$0.00
Product Thumbnail
$0.00
Product Thumbnail
$0.00
Product Thumbnail
$0.00
$4.00
Digital Download
Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign up