March STEM: Three St. Patrick's Day Themed Challenges
March is just around the corner and for some teachers it may have you excited as you look forward to Spring Break! On the other hand, if you teach in the upper grades, as I do, March may bring on all kinds of nervous anticipation as you look forward to preparing for state testing.
No matter which boat you are in as an educator be sure to take some time to encourage your students to create and explore this month. As a teacher I have found that the best way to do this is through STEM! The following are some ideas to help get you started.
Challenge # 1: Build a Penny Bridge
For this challenge students must construct a bridge using only pennies. Give each student or group of students 30-50 pennies. Set a timer and see how long it takes students to complete the challenge. For older students you may want to set constraints about how wide the bridge must be in order to increase the difficulty level of the challenge.
Challenge #2: Build a Leprechaun Tower
For this challenge students must construct a tower for a leprechaun in order to keep his gold safe using only straws, pipe cleaners and tape. The tower that holds the most gold (pennies) will be declared the winner. To learn more about this activity click HERE.
Challenge #3: Build a Rainbow Bridge
Can you help a leprechaun build a strong bridge? For this challenge students must construct a bridge using only straws and tape. The bridge that holds the most weight will be the winner of this challenge. To learn more about this activity click HERE.
Hopefully, these ideas will get you started. For more STEM ideas check out the STEM section of our TPT store.
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