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Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cupid's Catapult - Grades 5-8 SMART Board Lesson

Angela Willyerd
Grade Levels
4th - 8th
Formats Included
  • Zip
31 pages
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Just updated on 1/3/16! Looking for a great Valentine's Day activity that incorporates collaboration, critical thinking, drawing, measurement, and scientific engineering skills this February? Try Cupid's Catapult STEM Challenge.

This product presents a scenario to the students where Cupid needs the students to build a catapult to launch piercing hearts a far distance. The students are given a materials list of common household items that they may use in the process of developing their prototype. Students complete the STEM Design Steps throughout this process and eventually will test their prototypes, troubleshoot any issues, and redesign to try to yield a better product. Students can compete against each other in a friendly competition to see whose catapult can launch a heart-shaped peep or marshmallow the farthest distance. Who will be crowned the Cupid's Catapult Champion in your class?

Included in this Package:
• Corresponding SMART Notebook Presentation (23 slides)
→ Need PowerPoint? Click Here!
→ Need a version for younger students? Click here for Grades 3-5!
• Student Lab Handout (4 pages in pdf format)
• Detailed Lesson Plan (4 pages in pdf format)

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Cupid's Catapult STEM Challenge - SMART Board Edition by Angela Willyerd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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