A new way to STEM! Guide your students through the entire STEM engineering design process using a simple trifold. Students will ask, imagine, plan, create, evaluate, reflect, and improve…all in the trifold!
For this challenge which can be completed in one class period, students will construct an a chute that will carry candy hearts.
Material suggestions: cardboard, paper, card stock, cardboard tubes, clothespins, paper cups, popsicle sticks, tape. (This one is very versatile, so you can really use any materials you have on hand!)
Because I know that you need to "fit" STEM into your curriculum, I also included a reading passage that explains the science and history of chutes and includes multiple choice questions to be used as test prep.
This project is also designed with NGSS Engineering Standards for grades 3-5 in mind. The trifold uses NGSS terminology to have students define the challenge, consider the time and material constraints, and consider the success criteria. These important science and critical thinking skills are explained and addressed in a way that makes them accessible for elementary learners.
A rubric is also included to assess students as they work through the design challenge.
Picture examples and printing instructions (including a video) are included.
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