Thinking Scientifically: The Gummy Bear Challenge

Thinking Scientifically:  The Gummy Bear Challenge
Thinking Scientifically:  The Gummy Bear Challenge
Thinking Scientifically:  The Gummy Bear Challenge
Thinking Scientifically:  The Gummy Bear Challenge
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Thinking Scientifically - The Gummy Bear Challenge: Problem solving, critical thinking, data collection and analysis as well as collaboration between peers should be fun and the centerpiece of every science classroom. This science lab will challenge students to think outside the box and work together to solve a problem all while providing the teacher with opportunities to learn about their students' basic scientific skill sets.

Do you want to continue to give students worksheet after worksheet or would you like to provide engaging, hands-on activities that help teach 21st century skills?

What are the benefits of this activity?

All Thinking Scientifically lab activities can be done with basic and inexpensive household supplies. This activity can be done at any point during the school year including the first day of the year or semester. Students will not only engage in scientific thought and strategy but also teachers can incorporate social emotional learning by taking time to have group members learn about each other and have fun in mixed groups.

What will the students be doing?

Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 in order to collaborate and create the most massive gummy bear using common household items in solution. Students will also be required to devise a system for recording data, accurately measure materials, and also report findings to their peers.

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Main topics covered in this activity:

  1. NGSS Science and Engineering Standards of Developing and Using Models and Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
  2. 21st Century WICOR skills of Writing, Inquiry, Organization and Collaboration
  3. Students will also utilize basic science measurement skills.

What is included in this product:

  • 3-page student handout
  • 2 different rubrics for scoring and providing student with grading expectations. One of the rubrics includes a grade for the presentation and one does not.
  • 2-page teacher written instruction handout

Material list:

  1. Gummy Bears (at least 1 per group)
  2. Small paper cups (1 per group)
  3. One or two gallons of distilled water
  4. Tap water
  5. Sugar (sucrose)
  6. Table salt
  7. One 2L bottle of soda
  8. Students can also be allowed to bring in safe and edible drinks of their own.  For example orange juice, Red Bull, etc.
  9. At least 1 balance for the class

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9 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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