Winter_Christmas STEM Challenge: Snowman Stretch

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Looking for a fun Christmas or winter activity that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and/or math?

The basic premise:
Working against a criteria/constraints list individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build the tallest free-standing snowman possible. (Option 2: Students design and build a snowman of greatest volume possible.)

Multiple iterations are recommended to get the most student benefit, but this can also be treated as a one-off activity.

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This is one of five Winter / Christmas STEM Challenges. They can be purchased in a bundle at a great discount:

Winter_Christmas 5-in-1 STEM Challenge Bundle (2nd – 8th)

This resource is also available in the STEM CHALLENGE YEAR-ROUND MEGA-BUNDLE at an even greater discount!


Note: This product was updated on Oct. 30, 2016. I added lots of goodies, so be sure to re-download if you already purchased! :)
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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge:
- Focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and application of learning
- 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 approximately 60 min. if you are including data gathering and analysis rather than just building for fun. I recommend working on STEM Design Challenges in multiple iterations to get the full value.

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

Sample/suggested materials for each student or group:

• Bag of cotton balls and/or 3 pieces of tissue paper and/or 5 sheets of copy paper
• Straws (5 – 10)
• Pipe cleaners (5 – 10)
• Tape (24 in.)
• Scissors
• Ruler or measuring tape
• Copies of data recording & analyzing handouts

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Product includes:


NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8

Teacher Tips

- Links to my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges
- Premise & Set-up
- Materials and timing
- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty
- Measuring results
- Post-design extension activities list & links
- A video walk-through of this challenge will be posted & linked Dec. 15, 2016

Student Handouts
- Criteria & Constraints List (editable version provided)
- Design Analysis Handouts (Two sets included: 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students)
- Discussion Questions

Extension templates
- Design an Experiment for Melting Ice (walks students through the steps of the scientific method to design an experiment to melt ice. Sample answer key included.)
- Observation handouts for melting ice experiment
- Process Flow Map
- Math Extension


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What are teachers saying about Snowman Stretch?

“We used this at our Frozen: Making science cool family STEM Night and our families loved it. Some of them got really into it and it was nice to see how many creative possibilities there were.”

“My GT students really enjoyed this activity. I used it as a challenge on the first day back from the holidays. Great ideas for differentiation, also. Thanks.”

“This was a great "last day of school before Christmas break" activity. Thank you the students had a great deal of fun and used a great deal of creativity!”

“This was an easy to set up STEM activity that my students loved!”

“This was an easy to set up STEM activity that my students loved!”

“Great unit. Mind stretching.”

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Winter_Christmas STEM Challenge: Snowman Stretch
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Winter_Christmas STEM Challenge: Snowman Stretch
Winter_Christmas STEM Challenge: Snowman Stretch