After years of STEM activities, including towers, bridges, race cars, and rockets, one my favorites is the classic catapult challenge! I believe it incorporates all aspects of a quality STEM activity: easy math connection, engineering design process, student-driven learning, and hands-on fun! Read on to see my ideas to incorporate into your classroom or to download our TpT Catapult STEM Challenge!
FREE - Engineering Design Process Graphic Organizer for Note Taking from cokerfamily6 on TeachersNotebook.com (2 pages) - Use this printable as a note taking aid for students as they learn about the Engineering Design Process. Students could also use this printable to record what they did during each step of the Engineering Design Process as they work on their STEM Projects
Hand Over the Reins: Student-Driven Projects. One of my recent classroom adventures proved PBL can be amazingly engaging and effective without being overwhelming. Am I a PBL expert? Absolutely not. Do I strive to implement PBL (or elements thereof) in my classroom to the best of my ability whenever possible? Absolutely! Try it and see how it changes your classroom experiences.
Free interactive flip book to plan out every step of the engineering design process. The flip book has a cover page, definition page, and blank student page for each step: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.Includes an engineering design process poster.This is created as an accompaniment to my Simple Machines Bundle.
Saving Freddie Students will learn that an engineer solves problems with given constraints and criteria for success. Using the engineering design process, students will work in teams to save Freddie the Gummy Worm. The lesson includes a writing assignment to provide step-by-step instructions to share with other engineers. Grades 6 - 8 Standards - MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, WHST.6-8.2
The Engineering Design Process for Kids- A blog post to help understand the process with some tips about how to make it work in an elementary classroom! |Teachers are Terrific for STEM Activities for Kids