Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What is Going on in Your Science Class? Same Materials & 2 Tasks Version!

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So, I have to tell you about our latest and greatest adventure.
I had this HUGE Brain Pop one day about using the same supplies, but have the groups make something different.
My original thought was to have every group make a different item, but then I kept thinking and came up with this:

Same supplies.
Two different tasks.
But.....
the tasks connect in the end!
It never occurred to me how challenging this would be and how much COLLABORATION the two groups would need to have. Take a look and you will see what I mean.
STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! Fantastic collaboration opportunity!

THIRD GRADE
The task for my littles was one group making a bridge and the second group making the tower to place on the bridge.
STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes the bridge and the second makes the tower for the bridge!

STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes the bridge and the second makes the tower for the bridge!


Very quickly the kids discovered if the bridge group did not follow the task rules then the tower would not fit. And the tower group found they would need to consider how heavy their tower was if the bridge was flimsy. It was the ultimate in team work.
Read on!

FOURTH GRADE
The task for my middle kids was to build a launching device and the target to hit. Okay, well they loved the whole scenario of this because we had a great talk about a certain game that involves knocking down structures with some very mad birds. However, the target building group had the task of building a target that could NOT be knocked down.
Take a look:
STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes the launcher and the second makes the target to fire at!

STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes the launcher and the second makes the target to fire at!

STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes the launcher and the second makes the target to fire at!

This one was great fun and became very competitive. We hit a lot of targets and did not knock down any. We also learned that a launching device is hard to make and aim! The two groups had to work together to make the target the right height for the way the shooter was working.
There's more!

FIFTH GRADE
I'd have to say this was my favorite because of the genius ideas the kids came up with. Probably 'cause they are fifth graders, but anyway I loved the results!
Take a look:
STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes carrier and the second makes the winding device!

STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes carrier and the second makes the winding device!

STEM Challenge: Two groups with the same materials. Each makes a different item and in the end the two devices must fit together and work to solve the task! In this one one team makes carrier and the second makes the winding device!

Their task was to design a rescue device and a rescue container. The rule for the rescue device was that it had to mounted on the side of a "cliff" and able to be operated by someone standing on the cliff. Do you see those genius cranking systems the kids made? These two groups had to work together to be able to attach the rescue containers to the cranking system and not make it too heavy. Awesomeness, indeed!
Well, there you have it! Our latest designing projects.

Now it's your turn!

4 comments :

  1. I love the rescue device activity! I've been too busy to link up this week but had to check our your post anyway! =)

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    1. The rescue activity was really the best thing ever! The fifth graders were amazing and so clever in the designs. We all loved it! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I love these ideas and was going to use the 4th grade activity for the launching devices. What materials did the kids have for their targets?

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    1. The targets and launchers were made from the same materials. Here's a link to this challenge: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/STEM-Engineering-Challenges-Bundle-of-STEM-ActivitiesSame-Supplies-Two-Tasks-1778309?aref=4omks38h

      Thanks for your interest!

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