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

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Pages
35 pages
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Description

This summer STEM challenge is the perfect end of the year activity to keep your students engaged through the very last day of school!

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).

Modifications included for grades 2-8.

*This challenge is perfect for addressing NGSS standards for energy and structure & properties of matter. See related standards list at the end of the resource description.

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Note: This version is for use with Google Slides™ in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the PRINTABLE VERSION instead.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

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This is one of five Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a 40% discount:

Summer / End of the Year PAPERLESS STEM Challenge Bundle

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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge “How-to”/PD videos

- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

- Materials and timing

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Slides Post-design extension activities list

Student Slides

- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)

- Observation Log Handouts

- Design Analysis

- Discussion Questions

Extension slides

- Process Flow Map

- Create Math Problems Based on Designs

- States of Matter Research Log

- Related video & website slides

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CLICK THE GREEN PREVIEW BUTTON UNDER THE COVER & THUMBNAILS TO SEE THE SLIDES INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE!

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

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

– 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

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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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What do teachers have to say about this resource?

Note: Comments taken from the print version.

“Great resource. Easy to follow detailed instructions with photos. The link to an instructional video was really helpful. Different activities for different grade levels. I highly recommend this.”

“This was a great STEM activity! My students were very engaged and worked very hard. Thank you!”

“Great activity! Summer camp kiddos loved it”

“Oh my goodness! My kiddos LOVED this! I do a chocolate unit at the end of the school year with a read aloud, and this was a perfect addition to that! Thank you!”

“Before I have my students do this, I had my own children (age 7 and 11) do this and they LOVED it!”

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

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Related NGSS Standards for Energy and Structure & Properties of Matter:

2-PS1.A

2-PS1.B

2-PS1-4

4-PS3.A

4-PS3.B

5-PS1-2

MS-PS3.A

MS-PS3.B

MS-PS3-3

Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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