The Great Arctic Circle STEM Challenge includes 5 different STEM activities centered around the story about a group of stranded arctic explorers. After hearing the story of the failed expedition, students will read 5 diary entries. Each one will challenge them to design something to help the group make it back to base camp.
Includes the following challenges:
• Arctic Architect: Construct An Igloo
• Bundle Up: Design A Blanket
• Polar Bear Defense: Snowball Shooter
• Lookout Mountain: Build A Tower
• Lookout Mountain: Design A Parachute
These STEM challenges use common materials that you probably already have in your classroom (Please see the preview for a list). They incorporate concepts of linear measurement, weight measurement, area, force and motion, properties of shapes, simple machines, and scientific process.
Each STEM challenge in this pack includes:
• teacher instructions
• student challenge sheet
• planning and design pages
• scoring rubric
There is a set of team member role cards, design process cards, a master score sheet to find out which group is the most successful at helping the explorers, and associated NGSS standards.
Both metric and standard (imperial) versions are included.
Each challenge in this pack is fully planned out making it easy to get started. They are also highly engaging because students are involved in solving a real-life problem.
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How to Choose the Best STEM Challenges for Your Students