Volcano STEM Challenges
The perfect challenges for students who are studying Volcanoes and/or Earth Science!
This resource has science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really enhance their learning!
There are 2 Volcano STEM Challenges in this pack.
Each STEM Challenge has detailed directions, photo examples, a list of materials needed, prediction section, brainstorming section, trials 1, 2, & 3, final results section with drawings, and a reflection section.
The STEM Challenges include:
1. Erupting Volcanoes Challenge!
Using a list of supplies, STEM groups must design three volcanoes: a composite volcano, a cinder cone volcano, and a shield volcano. They must create mixtures that represent each type of volcanic eruption from the three volcanoes (3 mixtures - more information provided in the resource). Students must also figure out the correct steps of combining the ingredients to create the best eruption. After reading the previous page (informational page provided in the resource) on types of volcanic landforms, their eruptions must mimic the description of each volcano. Students must document the amounts of each ingredient used on the 3 volcanoes and write down the best mixture for each of the 3 volcano types. Students have three days to complete this challenge. ***More information is provided in the resource
2. Flowing Lava Challenge
Using a list of supplies, students must create the three different types of lava: basaltic, andesitic, and rhyolitic lava. Using the information page (found in the resource), STEM groups must decide on three different mixtures that most accurately represents each of the three types of flowing lava. The viscosity of the lava must also be considered in their models. Using a sheet pan, the three types of lava must be poured at the same time to show the difference of flow. Students have 75 minutes to complete this challenge. ***More information found in the resource
You may be interested in these aligned Volcano - Earth Science resources…
Volcanoes Interactive Notebook
Volcanoes Interactive PowerPoint
This resource is part of the Earth Science STEM Bundle
Biomes STEM Challenge
Ecosystems STEM Challenge
Weather STEM Challenges
Energy STEM Challenges
Plate Tectonics STEM Challenges
Rock Cycle STEM Challenges
Photosynthesis STEM Challenges
Volcanoes STEM Challenges
Earth’s Cycles - Water STEM Challenges
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