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If you’re looking to apply learning in weather, climate, natural disasters, natural resources & more, this STEM / STEAM challenge is a perfectly engaging way to get the job done joyfully!
The basic premise:
Students work individually or in partners/groups against a list of criteria and constraints to create a shelter to defend against 3+ types of weather and/or disasters.
This challenge was developed as part of the Planetopia Project, but it can be used as a stand-alone challenge as well.
Note: This the PRINTABLE version. If you prefer the version for use with Google Slides™, you'll want to look at the PAPERLESS VERSION instead.
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NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8
Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. You can select a subset of the materials below and/or add your own ideas. The materials you select will be based on the types of weather/disasters you have your students design for.
Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:
Optional Building Materials:
Measuring Results Materials:
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Video preview music credit:
"Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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