March Madness STEM Activities

March Madness STEM Activities

March has finally arrived and in just one short week selection Sunday will be upon us and the madness will begin. Unfortunately, the madness that I am referring to does not just apply to basketball. 

After being cooped up inside during the winter months, the warmer weather seems to trigger some kind of alarm that tends to set students off.  Students in the upper grades are also on edge due to standardized testing.

Why not give your students a break and allow them to embrace the madness? Allow students to use their creativity and problem solving skills with these March Madness inspired STEM ideas!

Basketball Shooter

For this challenge students in grades 1-2 will design a catapult to launch a ping pong ball into a small cup or trash can. The catapult will be made out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and a small plastic cup. Students in grades 3-5 will design the catapult as well as a basketball hoop to shoot the ping pong into.  

Basketball Goal

For this challenge students in grades 3-5 will design a hoop for their basketball shooter. The materials needed for this activity include straws, pipe cleaners, yarn, and cardboard. Students will use their basketball shooter to launch a ping pong ball into the net. 

Hopefully, these ideas will get you started. For more STEM ideas check out the STEM section of our TPT store.

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