Winter STEM Challenges - Snowflake STEM

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Winter STEM / Snowflake STEM activities! Create a variety of snowflakes with these 3 STEM engaging challenges. For these challenges, the only material that is necessary is plain paper. This is a great companion activity if you are reading about Snowflake Bentley (Wilson Bentley)!

Please note - some of these activities can be a bit of a challenge for grade 3 students (8-9yos). They may need a bit more support (if you have parent helpers available or can do this with an upper grade class, even better) but the challenges can be quite rewarding, too. I hope you will consider giving it a try and seeing them rise up to the task.

Contents
→ Instructions and sample images
→ Warm up activities: Which folded up snowflake profile fits the unfolded snowflake? Photograph examples and printable pages (2 included, versions A and B. B designs are more complicated).
Challenges
❄ Geometry Challenge: Create a variety of snowflakes as specified.
❄ Fast/Slow Challenge: Design and create snowflakes that will fall the fastest or slowest from a given height.
❄ Reverse Engineer Challenge: Take a snowflake someone else has created (from the first two challenges) and try to create an exact copy.
→ Task Cards - 12 Snowflake STEM task cards that include the challenges above (cards 1-8), as well as 4 bonus challenges. Recording sheet included that follows the engineering design process.

Please note, while I have marked this as grades 3-6, many second graders would enjoy these activities, as well as kids in older grades. These challenges are fairly open ended and will enhance critical thinking skills, regardless of age!

For more snowflake activities, I have written a blog post about this topic that you may find useful.

This is part of the STEM Challenges for All Seasons BUNDLE, so please do not purchase both.

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FAQs about STEM
Why use STEM activities in your classroom or homeschool?
These STEM activities are project-based and cross-curricular. Your students will gain experience in soft skill areas and foster a growth mindset while:

✓ Learning to work as part of a team.
✓ Communicating effectively and clearly to persuade others.
✓ Gaining confidence in presenting and speaking to groups.
✓ Persevering through a challenge when the initial design fails.
✓ Accepting constructive criticism from peers.

FAQs
Will I need to spend a lot of money on supplies?
You don't need a lot of expensive materials to get started! You probably have most of the supplies in your classroom already, or in your recycle bin. I have developed most of my STEM challenges to be easily modified based on the materials you have on hand. For most of the challenges, you will need basic office or craft supplies and household recyclables such as:
tape
paper, index cards, or card stock
recyclables like plastic cups, paper towel rolls, and cereal boxes
craft sticks or straws

I've never done STEM challenges before. What can I expect?
I've got you covered! There are notes and photos in the pack, and I have written several blog posts to get you started, two of which you can find here and here. All of my STEM challenge resources guide you through the engineering design process step by step.

I don't have time to do this as a group activity in my classroom. Can I still use this resource?
Yes! With STEM task cards, you can set up an independent learning center for your early finishers or when you do stations. Provide the materials, STEM task cards, and the included recording sheets or graphic organizers, and the students can work on these challenges independently, either alone or in small teams. Keep your materials in STEM bins so that you can easily rotate through them!

*************************** Related Resources *************************
Engineering Design Process Posters
Engineering Disciplines Posters
Engineering Posters BUNDLE
STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges
STEM Activities - 10 STEM Challenges (Set 2)
STEM Challenges Classroom Pack (STEAM)

STEM Tales
All STEM Tales

STEM for all Seasons
Winter STEM
Spring STEM
Summer STEM
Fall STEM

Engineering Design Challenges (initial purchase)
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #1 - Design a Transport Device
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #2 - Design a Power Transmission Tower
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #3 - Design a Periscope
STEM Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship
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Disclaimer: I have done my best to keep these as safe as possible. However, please make sure that you do your own due diligence when performing any STEM challenge. Adult supervision is necessary. Please use care, caution, and your best judgement when performing any STEM challenge, engineering challenge, or science experiment. The seller disclaims all liability for any damage or injury which might arise from the use of any of these projects.

Find more STEM at my blog momgineer
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Winter STEM Challenges - Snowflake STEM
Winter STEM Challenges - Snowflake STEM
Winter STEM Challenges - Snowflake STEM
Winter STEM Challenges - Snowflake STEM