Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: The Great Turkey Race - PPT - Grades 5-8

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Angela Willyerd
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The Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: The Great Turkey Race will get your students thinking and team-building in those days leading up to Thanksgiving Break! Plus, this activity incorporates critical thinking, collaboration, drawing, and measurement in addition to scientific engineering skills.

This product presents a scenario to the students where the turkeys on Farmer Dave's farm must win a race to prevent them from being the main entree at a Thanksgiving feast. The turkeys decide they need a design team to build a turkey stunt double that could move fast! The students are given a materials list of common household items that they may use in the process of developing their turkey stunt double prototype. Students complete the STEM Design Steps throughout this process and eventually will test their prototypes, troubleshoot any issues, and redesign to try to yield a better product. Students can compete against each other in a friendly competition to see whose turkey stunt double prototypes have the fastest time crossing the finish line.

Click here to see an example of a turkey stunt double prototype on my blog!

Included in this Package:
• Corresponding PowerPoint Presentation (23 slides)
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• Student Lab Handout (4 pages)
• Detailed Lesson Plan (4 pages)

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Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: The Great Turkey Race - PowerPoint Edition - Grades 5-8 by Angela Willyerd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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31 pages
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