Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Turkey Transporter 1:1 PAPERLESS
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This Thanksgiving STEM / STEAM Challenge will engage your students in brain-busting work disguised as fun while following the Pilgrims’ journey to the New World!

The basic premise:
Individually, or in partners/groups, students will design and build a way to safely transport a turkey a given distance (e.g. width of the classroom, 15 ft., the top of the stairwell to the ground, etc.).

-- Because this can be treated as two separate challenges, two criteria/constraints lists have been provided: one for the turkey traveling a horizontal distance quickly and a second for a vertical drop, arriving gently/slowly.

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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 Thanksgiving STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a 40% discount:

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: 5-in-1 DIGITAL/PAPERLESS Bundle

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge how-to videos
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

Student Slides
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Design Analysis
- Discussion Questions

Extension slides
- Process flow map
- Create & solve math problems based on designs
- Video/website linked slides
- Calculating Turkey Speed
- Turkey Anatomy activity

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. )

– Copies of Turkey handouts
– Timer
– Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
– Popsicle/craft sticks (5 – 10)
– Rope and/or string (Equal amount to distance requirement)
– Paper plate(s) and/or bowls
– Coffee filters
– Straws (5 – 10)
– Binder clips (1-3, various sizes)
– Clothespins (3 – 5)
– Tape
– Scissors
– Measuring tapes (tip: pick up paper measuring tapes from Ikea)
– Copies of data recording & analyzing handouts
o Optional:
• Cardboard
• Cable ties
• Rubber bands
• Small cups

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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.

“My kids absolutely LOVED this! This was so much fun! I did this during a curriculum night with the parents and they really enjoyed it too!”

“My students LOVED this activity! Thank you so much!”

“A lot of bang for your buck! This was a fantastic activity with detailed pages.”

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You might also like these resources:

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Halloween STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

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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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30 pages
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Teaching Duration
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