Wind Car STEM Activity: Can be used with If I Built a Car

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Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars
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3rd - 5th
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Great resource. Allows the students to be active and hands-on as they learn and explore different scientific methods.
This was really helpful in order to encourage my students to be excited about learning this new topic. They were able to easily understand what was expected and could independently practice.
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Are you looking for a fun STEM activity that connects to the book If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen? Designing a Wind Car STEM Challenge gives students the opportunity to design and create a wind car. Google Slides are included. It is a fun team building activity that gets students thinking critically as they design and build a car after reading the book. STEM Wind Car Lab is an activity that engages students in thinking through the Engineering Next Generation Science Standards. It can be used anytime of the year or used as an Earth Day or March Challenge. Students plan and construct a wind car using only a few productive resources. Economics is integrated into the lab through discussions and understanding scarcity, human, natural, and capital resources. Students collect the data of the distance their cars traveled. Through this experience students will learn many concepts as they are engaged in a FUN activity!

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Total Pages
28 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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