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Weather STEM Challenge

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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50 pages
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Description

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.

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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.

If you have questions about which version is right for you, please feel free to leave me a question using the product Q&A below.

This resource is also available in the following discounted bundles:

Planetopia Project STEM Challenge Bundle
STEM Challenges: Year-Round Mega Bundle
The Ultimate STEM Challenge Mega Bundle

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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

  • Links to a video walk-through of the challenge & 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

Student Handouts

  • Planning Pages
  • Criteria and Constraints list (two editable versions in color and B&W)
  • Design Analysis Handouts (in color and B&W in two versions: 4-page expanded room for response and 2-page condensed space version for older students)
  • Discussion Questions (in color and B&W)

Extension templates

  • Evaporation Diagram
  • The Water Cycle Diagram
  • Shelter Ratings Activity
  • Shelter Superlatives Template
  • Weather Graph
  • Weather Forecasting Activity Template
  • Postcard Writing Templates
  • Process flow map
  • Create & solve math problems based on designs

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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:

For Building:

  • Cardboard scraps / paper plates / small cups
  • Craft sticks / wooden coffee stirrers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Masking or packing tape
  • Cotton
  • Sand Paper
  • Plastic wrap, bags, or balloons
  • Zip ties or string
  • Scissors, hole punch and/or nails/screwdrivers

Optional Building Materials:

  • Crayola Model Magic or clay
  • Hot glue gun
  • Foil
  • Construction paper / tissue
  • Coffee filters
  • Pompoms
  • Foil
  • Paperclips
  • Toothpicks

Measuring Results Materials:

  • Plastic bin or foil tray (shoebox size works well)
  • Water
  • Tissue paper
  • Thermometers
  • Spray bottles
  • Fan, hair dryer, or leaf blower
  • Cotton balls or batting
  • Beads, rice, or marbles
  • Molasses or mud
  • Gravel, rocks, or sand

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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/

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50 pages
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