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Jun 6, 2017

Summer STEM Challenges!

Teacher friends,
Summer is finally here! Woohoo! Many of you are counting down the last few days of school. This time of year can be quite challenging while trying to keep students engaged and learning. This is the PERFECT time to keep students busy with STEM activities and summer resources!

These summer challenges have science, technology, engineering, and measurement activities for your upper elementary kids that will really get their brains going until the end of the school year!

Challenge 1: Floating Noodle Castle Challenge!
Students must design a floating castle with noodles and toothpicks! Four to five students are assigned per group. Each group is given noodle rings that are cut ½ inch wide. Students should be easily able to cut the rings into smaller pieces if needed.The castle must stay connected at all times in the water. Students have one hour to complete this challenge. 
***Creativity points are awarded in this challenge. ***for more information on the challenge, scroll down to the end of the post!

Challenge 2: Water Balloon Catapult Challenge! 
Students must design a catapult or slingshot that propels a water balloon into the air. The group that can propel the water balloon the farthest wins the challenge. Students have three attempts to create their best catapult.  ***for more information on the challenge, scroll down to the end of the post!

Challenge 3: Slip-N-Slide Challenge! 
Students must construct a Slip-n-Slide that effectively accelerates an object through its course. The Slip-n-Slide can have turns, hills, and decorative features in its design. The object must be going fast enough to complete the slide but not too fast where it could cause injury to the rider. Three different objects must be tested – students can decide which objects they think will accelerate at the right speed.  

Integrating summer activities into the classroom can sometimes be tricky with upper elementary grade levels, but with STEM, celebrating summertime will be a blast!

Jun 1, 2017

Ancient Israel STEM Challenge!

Right now I'm in the process of creating a series of STEM projects for students who are studying Ancient Civilizations.. Next stop, Ancient Israel!  

I never heard of Masada until I began researching Ancient Israel for this project. Masada is described as King Herod’s desert fortress in the sky. It was built between 37 and 15 BCE. The fortress is most well known as the place where the Jewish people fought against the Roman invasion.
It is located on top of a giant rock cliff overlooking the Dead Sea. This fortress was built as a refuge and safe place for the King. It was a self-sufficient micro-world, having everything that a large group of people would need in order to survive. 

I found the information on Masada fascinating and I thought it would make an excellent STEM challenge for students! 

Ancient Israel STEM Challenge: Masada Fortress in the Sky!

Using a list of supplies, students are required to engineer a model of Masada! Their model must contain the Western and Eastern Palaces (a total of three platforms). They can be as creative as they would like in their design, but it must have three levels. After creating their model, they must use wood blocks (Jenga) to built the tallest rock cliff that can support their Masada model. The group with the tallest rock cliff wins! ***Check out the link below for more information about the challenge. 

Would you like the printable guides and listed materials for this Ancient Israel STEM Challenge? Click here!

This resource is also part of the ​Ancient Civilizations Complete Curriculum.  The curriculum package contains Ancient Civilization STEM Challenges, Interactive Notebooks, PowerPoints, Google Classroom Projects, and Assessments. The units covered include Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome! There are over 700 pages of interactive material.


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