Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cupid's Quiver

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Looking for a Valentine's Day activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering and/or math? This STEM challenge is for you!

The basic premise:
In groups, students will design and build a bow & arrow set for Cupid’s Valentine’s Day target practice. (Designing the quiver is optional.)
– Option: if you find bow & arrow design too difficult, modify the challenge to make throwing darts instead.
– Students will aim for high scores as they take three shots each at a Valentine’s themed target. Final scores are taken as the sum or average of their personal and/or team results.

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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 ~ 60 - 90 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:

– Straws (5 – 10)
– Cotton balls or sponge pieces (5)
– Water colors or tempera paint (small cup per team)
• Groups dip arrowheads in the “love potion” before taking aim. If the whole class uses one target, each groups needs a different color paint.
– Pipe cleaners (5)
– Craft sticks (3 - 5)
– Tape (24 in.)
– String (24 in.)
– Rubber bands (5 - 10)
– Scissors
– Target prints (one per class or group)
– Record results & analysis handouts
Optional
• Unsharpened pencils
• Plastic knives
• Feathers

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Product includes:


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 & links
- A video walk-through of this challenge will be posted

Student Handouts
- Criteria and Constraints list (editable version provided)
- Recording Results (2 options: sum or average scores)
- Results and Data Analysis (2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included)
- Discussion Questions
- Cupid's Target (Nine 8.5 x 11 inch pages in landscape format -- in color and black & white versions -- for you to print and arrange)

Extension templates
- Cause & Effect Notes (editable)
- Cause & Effect Practice (3 versions)
- 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: Cupid's Quiver
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Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cupid's Quiver
Valentine's Day STEM Challenge: Cupid's Quiver
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