Winter / December STEM Challenges for Students!
December is almost upon us, which means that the holidays are right around the corner! Winter has also arrived, and with it comes a world of opportunities to incorporate STEM activities into the classroom that can directly tie in to the season.
This resource has science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities to do with your upper elementary kids that will really get their brains going this winter season!
There are 3 Winter STEM Challenges in this pack. Each STEM Challenge has photo examples, a list of materials needed, prediction section, brainstorming section, trials 1, 2, & 3, final results section with drawings, and a reflection section.
The STEM Challenges include:
1. Geometric Gingerbread House Challenge Using a list of supplies, STEM groups must create a geometric gingerbread house for their gingerbread family. Using guides found in the resource, students must invent a gingerbread family to build their house for.
A floor plan must created with the following requirements:
-There must be 2 polygon shapes present and labeled in their floor plan ... (more instructions are found in the resource!)
2. DIY Snow Globe Challenge
Create a snow globe using the ingredients and supplies listed in the resource. Your STEM group must come up with the perfect combination of ingredients to make the glittery snow fall at a slow rate. Bonus points for creativity and design inside the snow globe! Students have 3 days to complete this challenge. The first two days should focus on design and gluing down the pieces... (more instructions are in the resource)
3. Santa's Marble Run Chimney Challenge Construct a chimney marble run where Santa and his presents can slide down and into the house! The marble must rest at the top of the chimney and successfully slide down the chimney (not free fall – do not break the presents!) and into the home. The STEM group must time how long the marble travels. The longer the marble...(more instructions found in the resource)
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