Airplane STEM Challenge - The Wright Brothers need a new design for their glider. They need ideas from your students to complete the challenge. Did you know that the Wright Brother's inspiration to fly was because of a toy helicopter that flew with rubber band power that their father gave them? Your students will enjoy learning some facts about the Wright Brothers while completing a challenge of building a Wright Flyer of their own. Students must use the available supplies and stick to a budget to complete the task. Several NGSS standards are met with this challenge.
Suggested Plan of Implementation:
Prior Week: Send home the parent letter requesting supplies. Gather needed materials.
Day One – Introduce and discuss “The Problem” slide. Discuss the “Let’s Talk About It – Force and Motion” slide. Introduce the STEM Challenge.
Day Two – Introduce and discuss the budget options. Use the planning page to illustrate or write out the building idea.
Day Three – “Purchase” supplies for the build. Work on budget. Begin the building process.
Day Four – Work on and complete the structure.
Day Five – Test the structure. Complete the Self-Evaluation Page
This is certainly not the only way to use these materials. They are designed to be flexible and be used to best suit each classroom and teacher based on the ability of the learner, time constraints and teacher preference.
Please check out the preview to get a glimpse of everything that is included. You will get:
"The Problem" slide to discuss with students
"The Challenge" slide to discuss with students
"Let's Talk About It: The Wright Brothers" slide to discuss and build background knowledge
Plan for Implementation
Parent Letter requesting supplies
"Orville Wright" printable (to add to plane)
Student Building Plan (2 versions)
STEM Challenge Journal Page (or stand alone printable)
Budget Spending Page (2 versions for differentiation)
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