Summer STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone

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It can be so difficult to keep kids engaged in the last weeks of the school year. Summer STEM challenges are here to the rescue!

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

Multiple iterations are recommended to get the most student benefit, but this can also be treated as a one-off activity.

This challenge is available in the SUMMER STEM 5-in-1 BUNDLE at a savings of 33% off the cost of buying each challenge separately. What a bargain! ☺

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- 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 at least ~ 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. I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.
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Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

• 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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• Saran 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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Product includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list

Student Handouts
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Design Analysis Handouts (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Smart Phone cut-outs
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension

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Note: If you have purchased some of my non-holiday STEM challenges, this is a lighter – though not necessarily light – approach. Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Summer STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
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Summer STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone
Summer STEM Challenge: Amphibious Phone