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Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide

Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
Summer / End of the Year STEM Challenge: Wicked-Fast Water Slide
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/groups, students will design and build a water slide built for speed, thrills, and safety.

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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 3, 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)
- Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Create Math Problems Based on Designs
- Forces Research Log
- Forces Research Applied to Student Re-Design template (editable)

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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. )

– Paper-towel and/or toilet paper cardboard tubes and/or cardboard scraps
• Distribute as evenly as possible. If you don’t have much cardboard, tighten the height constraint to 12 in.
– Foil, wax paper, or plastic wrap (~24 sq. in.)
– Straws (5 – 10)
– Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
– Plastic beads or marbles (6)
– Small bowls and/or cups (1 – 3)
– Tape (24 – 36 in.)
– Yarn (24 – 36 in.)
– Bottle of water
– Stopwatch (at least one per class is needed)
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Design analysis handouts (included)

Optional
• Craft sticks
• Clothespins
• Rubber bands
• Paper towels (for clean up)
• Blue food coloring for the water


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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?

“This was a fantastic find for the last week of school. I did a shortened version of this with my 6th and 7th graders and they went crazy over it! They loved the build and then after we tested I let them destroy (the water started the process) and they thought it was awesome. Thank you for creating such a great resource that could be used with many different grade levels.”

“I loved using this with my summer camp kids. Easily adaptable so that you can use the whole thing or only use parts of it.”

“My students absolutely loved this!! The project was excellent and the questions evoked critical thinking skills.”

“I used this right before school was out and my students absolutely loved it! Many said it was their favorite STEM project of the year!”

“Amazing!! My kiddos loved this project and it gave them something worthy to do in that all too famous "last week of school" chaos. Not just an activity where they just color and do busy work, this was definitely worth it. Highly recommend this product. Thank you!”

“Super fun!! My 3rd graders were so excited AND competitive!”

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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: 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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