Thanksgiving Table STEM Challenge for Middle School

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STEM in the Middle
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Are you looking for the perfect activity to keep your students engaged before the Thanksgiving holiday? This fun Thanksgiving table STEM challenge will capture your students’ energy and attention.

In the Thanksgiving table STEM challenge, students are tasked with building a table to accommodate extra guests at their Thanksgiving dinner. Using whatever building materials are readily available (clean recyclables, wooden blocks, paper, craft supplies, etc.), students must design and build a table that stands at least 8 inches off the ground. Then they will test the strength of their table by stacking books on top. You can add an extra layer of excitement by taping the included Thanksgiving food images to the books and calling out each of the dishes as they are piled on the table. If their table meets the height criteria and holds all the Thanksgiving dishes, they will save Thanksgiving dinner!

Grab this Thanksgiving STEM project today so you can take a break from planning and know your students will still be learning and having fun as you count down to the long weekend!

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What’s included in the Thanksgiving table STEM challenge?

  • PDF, Google, and Easel versions of the student project packets
  • Detailed teacher notes that include suggestions for differentiation and virtual learning
  • A slideshow to assist with lesson facilitation
  • A rubric for easy grading
  • End-of-project celebration certificates

Materials needed:

  • Printed or digital copies of the student activity
  • The building materials for this project are flexible! You can use whatever you have available, such as building bricks, wooden blocks, shoeboxes, paper, straws, tape, cardboard, paper towel rolls, etc.
  • A ruler for measuring table height
  • Books to test the strength of each table

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How can this Thanksgiving STEM project be used in your classroom?

  • Keep students learning and engaged before the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Embrace the holiday spirit with a Thanksgiving STEM activity 
  • Use the challenge to keep students on task when you have unusual schedules or low attendance due to field trips, testing, assemblies, or other interruptions
  • Give your students practice with problem-solving using the engineering design process
  • Introduce real-world STEM disciplines and professions
  • Give students an opportunity to develop their 21st-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking
  • Assign the resource for extra credit, a holiday break packet, or an extension activity

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Total Pages
20 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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NGSSMS-ETS1-4
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

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