Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds

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Looking for a Valentine's Day activity that incorporates science, math, engineering and/or technology? This STEM Challenge fits the bill!

The basic premise:
Working against a criteria/constraints list individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build the tallest “tower of love” possible using Valentine’s Day cards they were probably just going to throw away anyway! (Note: for older students or those who don’t exchange cards, see materials list below and thumbnail above; alternative love-notes handout is included.)

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*Note: this is a lighter – though not necessarily light - variation of my Card Tower STEM Challenge. If you already own that, please check under “My purchases” to download the update, which now includes this Cards in the Clouds version!

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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:

– Choose primary material(s) from the following:
• 20+ Valentine’s Day cards
• 20+ index cards
• 4-5 Valentine’s Day card boxes
• Copies of “love letters” on paper or card stock

– Tape (12 in.)
– Scissors
– Ruler or measuring tape
– Copies of data recording & analyzing handouts
– Optional: craft stick, pipe cleaner

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NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Premise & Set-up
- Materials and timing
- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list
- A video walk-through of this challenge will be posted Feb. 12, 2017


Student Handouts
- Criteria and Constraints list in color and black & white (editable versions provided)
- Results and Design Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Student "love letter" template cut-outs, kindness log & compliment chart handouts
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension

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Please 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: Cards in the Clouds
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Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds
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