Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds

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
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cards in the Clouds
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Looking for Valentine’s Day activities that your students will love but are more than just a craft or activity to pass the time? This Valentine’s STEM Challenge (or STEAM Challenge) will keep your students engaged in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

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 the printable version. If you are in a 1:1 / paperless classroom, you will want to check out the digital option for use with GOOGLE SLIDES (TM) instead.

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Resource includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Materials and timing
- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)
- Measuring results
- Universal STEM Challenge Notes & How to Use Student Handouts Post-design extension activities list
- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

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

Extension templates
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension

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This is one of five challenges available in the Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge bundle at a 40% discount!

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


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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified.)

– 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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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience
- 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 ~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.

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What do teachers have to say about this resource?

“Kids loved the challenge. I loved that we could find a use for our valentines that would have ended up in the trash right away :)”

“Very fun STEM challenge! My students loved it!”

“Great teaching tool, used as an observation lesson and my principal loved it!”

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You might also like these resources:

STEM Challenges & Bundles (grades 2 – 8):

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Late Winter STEM Bundle

St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenge Bundle

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE


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Please check out the video preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!
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Video preview music credit:
"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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  2. This tower building STEM / STEAM Challenges is perfect for summer – or any time of the year! It brings the joy back to your classroom with
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