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Winter STEM Challenge: Winter Waiter PAPERLESS

Grade Levels
2nd - 8th
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Description

Looking for a fun Christmas or winter activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math? Christmas-Winter STEM / STEAM Challenges are the perfect activities because they engage your students in brain-busting work disguised as fun!

The basic premise:

Working against a criteria/constraints list in groups, students will build waiters’ trays designed to hold “snowy” 3D solids in an indoor relay race.

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Note: This version is for use with Google Slides in 1:1/paperless classrooms. If you prefer to print and have students complete work with paper/pencil, you'll want to look at the PRINTABLE 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.

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This is one of five challenges available in the Late Winter STEM Challenge bundle at a ~40% discount!

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Resource includes:

NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to STEM Challenge how-to videos

- Materials and timing

- 20 3D solid nets (this is the only paper you’ll need for the challenge; if you wish to keep it paperless, you can use “found” 3D solids)

- Criteria & Constraints (including modifications to increase difficulty for older students)

- Measuring results

- Post-design extension activities list

- Link to a video walk-through of the challenge

Student Slides

- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)

- Design Analysis

- Discussion Questions-

- 3 Score Card Options (editable)

Extension slides

- Snowman character writing activity

- Writing templates

- Process flow map

- Create & solve math problems based on designs

- Video/website linked slides

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Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

(Materials you’ll need to do the activity are easily modified. )

– 3D solids or nets & glue

– Narrow cardboard strips (4 – 10)

• Cereal & tissue boxes work well. To save yourself time, give groups a box and add direct students to cut strips of a certain size (e.g. no wider than 1 inch)

– Coffee filters

– Craft sticks (4-8)

– Straws (4-8)

– Pipe cleaners (5-10)

– Masking tape (12 – 24 in.)

– 3x5 in. index cards (5-10)

– Paperclips and/or brass brads (4-8)

– Scissors

– Optional

• Rubber bands

• Single hole punch

• Ping Pong or playground balls (if you want spheres in the challenge)

• Garbage or shopping bags (for shape storage when not in use)

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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:

- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning

- Helps students develop growth mindset traits like persistence and resilience

- High levels of student engagement

- The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of iterations you choose to implement in your classroom (modifications included)

- Highly flexible and differentiated for materials, timing, grade levels, and rigor.

Each design iteration should be planned for ~60-90 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. If you add extension activities, you will need to adjust timing accordingly.

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You might also like these resources:

STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE

Christmas/Winter STEM Design Challenge: 5-in-1 Bundle

Snow Scoop

Frosted Forest

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Valentine’s Day STEM Challenge 5-in-1 Bundle

Analyze and Interpret Data Unit

Getting Started with STEM Challenges FREEBIE

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Please check out the preview to see the challenge, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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