Summer STEM - Building a Shade - This STEM challenge meets several NGSS standards and encourages critical thinking, budgeting, and engineering skills. Oh no! The children want to play in the sandbox, but the sun is making it too hot! The sand is too hot to play in and the children will get a sunburn. they need a shade built over the sandbox. What will your students come up with to solve the problem? This Sun Safety STEM will get your students using their critical thinking skills to solve this challenge! Students must stick to a budget and use the available supplies. This STEM accompanies AMSTI - Sunny Sandbox perfectly!
Suggested Plan of Implementation:
Prior Week: Send home the parent letter requesting supplies. Gather needed materials.
Day One – Introduce and discuss the “Let’s Talk About It – slide. Introduce the Problem and the STEM Challenge.
Day Two – Introduce and discuss the budget options. Use the planning page to illustrate or write out the building idea.
Day Three – “Purchase” supplies for the build. Work on budget. Begin the building process.
Day Four – Work on and complete the structure.
Day Five – Complete the Self-Evaluation Page
This is certainly not the only way to use these materials. They are designed to be flexible and be used to best suit each classroom and teacher based on the ability of the learner, time constraints and teacher preference.
Please check out the preview to get a glimpse of everything that is included.
You will get:
"The Problem" slide to discuss the problem with the students.
"The Challenge" slide to discuss with students
"Let's Talk About It: Sun Safety" slide to discuss and build background knowledge sun safety
Plan for Implementation
Parent Letter requesting supplies
Student Building Plan (2 versions)
STEM Challenge Journal Page (or stand alone printable)
Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)
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