Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Candy / Confection Container

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2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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The basic premise:
Working against a criteria/constraints list individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build the smallest container possible to house a candy assortment.
– “Confection Container” alternative: students will design and build the smallest container possible to house one or more cupcakes (keeping frosting on the cupcakes, not the box!)
– Because this can be treated as two separate challenges, two criteria/constraints lists have been provided: one for candy and another for confection (cupcake).

Multiple iterations are recommended to get the most student benefit, but this can also be treated as a one-off activity.

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This is one of five Valentine’s Day STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a 33% discount:

Valentine’s Day 5-in-1 STEM Challenge Bundle (2nd – 8th)

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- High levels of student engagement
- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)
- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for at least 45 – 60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly. I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.
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Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

– Assortment of candy (4 – 8 pieces). A variety of shapes is desired.
• “Confection Container” Alternative: one or more cupcakes
– Cardboard/cardstock (paper plates, cereal boxes, Valentine’s cards boxes, etc.)
– Craft sticks (5-10)
– Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
– Tape (24 in.)
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Copies of data recording & analyzing handouts

Optional:
• Valentine’s decorations (lace, ribbons, hearts, etc.) or construction paper, markers, and glue
• Tissue paper
• Foil
• Toothpicks
• String
• Small paper cups
• Straws (5 – 10)

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Product includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list

Student Handouts
- Criteria and Constraints list (editable version provided)
- Results and Data Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension


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Note: If you have purchased some of my non-holiday STEM challenges, this is a lighter – though not necessarily light – approach. Please download the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Candy / Confection Container
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Candy / Confection Container
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Candy / Confection Container
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Candy / Confection Container