The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog: STEM Challenge- Easy Solar Cooker

Grade Levels
4th - 8th
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  1. Here you go! Two challenges to use with the books: Don't Let the Pigeon on the Bus!! and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog.Don't Let the Pigeon on the Bus!! STEM Challenge: How about if we design a bus just for him? Your kids will have a blast designing a bus and learning about simple machines, like the
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The Pigeon Found a Hot Dog!! How about if we design a solar cooker just for him? Your kids will have a blast designing a simple solar cooker and learning about parabolas.

This product begins with a short blurb about why use STEM at all. Then I review the standards this addresses and for which grades (4-8). Finally I review science background. I included teacher directions, the design challenge and a student planning sheet. There's even two data recording sheets for gathering the data!

Have a blast!! Make sure to read the book by Mo Willems to them first!

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More STEM units:

  • Bubble Gum Fun
  • The Pigeon's Bus
  • Sleighs and Spheros
  • The Day It Rained Hearts
  • Spaghetti Towers
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Slime
  • Flying Christmas Reindeer
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Building a Roller Coaster
  • Geodesic Domes
  • Hibernation Creation
  • Skyway for Peeps
  • Exploring Wind Energy

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer. Examples of devices could include an insulated box, a solar cooker, and a Styrofoam cup. Assessment does not include calculating the total amount of thermal energy transferred.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.


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