Perfect for Summer! Five super fun STEM challenges that have been tried, tested and true...Exploding Minions, Lego Pinball, Ice Cream in a Bag, Quicksand, and Foosball!
Can you make your minions explode before its too late?
Scenario 1: Gru’s girlfriend Lucy has been kidnapped and strapped to a rocket of TNT on top of a large skyscraper. Gru needs to get to her as quickly as possible. Can you make your minion fly to the top of the tower before it’s too late? *OR*
Scenario 2:You have run out of the antidote to turn all of the mutated minions back to normal. They have become wild monsters that will destroy anything in their path. Your only chance to save the world is to make them explode.
This explosive experiment uses Alka-seltzer and water to create enough gas to make the minion explode. The Exploding Minion Stem Challenge includes:
1. Step by step instructions on how to make a minion (includes pictures)
2. Directions on how to make the minion explode
3. Observational worksheets with prompts
4. A fill in the blanks conclusion worksheet that explains the science behind the experiment. Key terms include "force", "pressure", "chemical reactions", "base", "acid" and "gas".
5.Templates for regular minions and evil minions - eyes and mouth for students to cut and paste onto their evil minion.
Lego Pinball Stem Challenge:
A fun culminating activity to sum up your unit on Simple Machines! Students will incorporate at least 3 simple machines into the construction of their very own Lego pinball machines! Contains 4 worksheets to help students organize what they have learned about simple machines.
Worksheet 1 - Simple machine review and diagram sheet
Worksheet 2 - Materials labeling sheet
Worksheet 3 - Investigative questions sheet
Worksheet 4 - Make a lever out of legos sheet (includes pictures)
Ice Cream in a Bag Experiment:
A fun and delicious culminating activity or STEM challenge for your unit on states of matter! (solids, liquids, and gases)
* Cut & Paste Sequencing Worksheet - students will learn the ingredients and steps for making ice cream in a ziplock bag!
*Review worksheet - students will classify ingredients into solids, liquids, and gases. This worksheet also includes a fill in the blanks section that reviews terms such as freezing point and chemical reactions.
*Ice Cream Lab Worksheet - Children will complete a hypothesis, draw their observations, and complete a fill in the blanks conclusion.
Quicksand Stem Challenge:
Is it a liquid or a solid? Kids will have fun exploring the impact of force on non-Newtonian fluids by making their own quicksand out of cornstarch and water. Includes 4 challenges that lead students to answer the question of whether the size and shape of an object impacts how easy it will be to escape.
*Challenge 1: Make and rescue a plasticine figure from the quicksand
*Challenge 2: Make a ball out of liquid
*Challenge 3: Smack the liquid without creating splatter
*Challenge 4: Rescue 3 different sized objects from the quicksand
Also includes a fill in the blanks section emphasizing the characteristics of a non-Newtonian fluid and and instruction sheet on how to make the quicksand mixture.
Foosball Stem Challenge:
Looking for a great culminating activity for your unit on Forces and Motion? Have your students create their own foosball game out of a shoebox!
This Stem Challenge contains:
- Step by step instructions on how to make a foosball box
- An investigative questions worksheet with a fill in the blanks conclusion that reviews key concepts involving Newton's first law of motion
- A Forces and Motion Crossword puzzle that reviews and defines terms pertaining to forces and motion.
- A cut out version of Newton's First law of motion to attach to the foosball box