Summer STEM Activity or End of the Year STEM Activity Amphibious Phone PAPERLESS

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2nd - 8th
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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:

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

Modifications included for grades 2-8.

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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)

- Smart phone cut-outs

- Design Analysis

- Discussion Questions

Extension slides

- Process Flow Map

- Create Math Problems Based on Designs

- Classifying Animals Activity Templates

- Under-the-Sea Writing Activity Templates

- 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.)

• 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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• Plastic 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 ~60-90 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.

“Summer camp kids loved these. Thank you!”

“Love that this STEM Challenge engages students in real-world problem solving!”

“Great resource for beginning and end of the year FUN!”

“My 2nd-5th grade students had a BLAST with these activities.”

“Love your work! Thanks for a quality product!”

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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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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSK-2-ETS1-2
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-3
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
NGSSMS-ETS1-2
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSSK-2-ETS1-1
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

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