STEM challenges allow students to work cooperatively and are great for team building and are just plain FUN! This Valentine Card Zip Line Delivery STEM Challenge is a fun and engaging activiy to celebrate Valentine's Day in an academic way.
This challenge involves science and engineering process skills. For the challenge, you’ll need index cards, straws, tape, string, paper clips, small paper cup, a Valentine card, and a STEM Challenge packet.
In the classroom, it is a team competition. Students work in teams of 3 or 4 and I assign team roles (Materials, Build Director, Time Keeper, and Recorder) by numbering off my students (all 1’s are the recorder, all 2’s are the time keeper, etc.). The Valentine Delivery Challenge objective is to design a system that will carry a card to the end of the zip line. Each team works together to design, build, test the design and revise and record their ideas, designs and modifications on the recording pages.
The teams then explain and demonstrate their Valentine Card Delivery system design with the class. Each team gets 3 trials to send their card down the line and the results are recorded on “The Challenge” page. The systems that travel to the end of the line are the winners! Each team has a chance to reflect on the process at the end. Reflection is a very important part of the design process!
This Valentine Card Zip Line Delivery STEM Challenge includes:
❤️ Notes on how to use this resource
❤️ Objective/Rules/Team Member Assignments
❤️ Planning page
❤️ Design/Modify page
❤️ Challenge page
❤️ Post-Challenge Reflection page
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