Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It's All About Those Straws!

Hello STEM and Science Friends!
I was browsing through some photos recently (actually it was Pinterest)
and I noticed that almost every STEM challenge we complete uses
STRAWS.

Hence the reason I asked for straws to be added to our school supply list this year!
If you read my blog you probably will recognize this photo:
STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive!
That is one entire cabinet filled with straws. Just for fun we counted the boxes one day and there were 40. FORTY. That is 4000 straws, just in boxes. There are also smaller boxes and bags, and more bags, and more boxes you cannot see in the photo.
Well, I asked for them! Right?
But why?

Let me show a little we have done with straws!
STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive!

This is going to be a quick look at some of our challenges. If possible I have linked these back to blog posts of the past that would give you more details. 

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive!
Above is a Quick Challenge called Straw Mazes. The walls of the maze was built of straws. A little bit of tape and that's about it! {Blog Post}

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive!
Above is another Quick Challenge called Tennis Ball Towers. Except, I didn't have enough tennis balls and used a raquet ball for a couple of groups! {Blog Post}

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! This task is to build a bridge made of straws!
Above is a bridge challenge. This is one of the first STEM challenges I invented and I promise it was a throw- together- some- junk- and- see- what -they- build kind of challenge! {Blog Post}


STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! This task is to build a boat made of straws!
Above is a VERY popular challenge called Building Boats! All kids LOVE this one! {Blog Post}

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! This task is to build a bubble wand made of straws!
Above is Making Bubbles! There is actually more to it than that. With a bunch of wacky supplies kids make bubble wands! They LOVE it! 

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! This task is to build a platform made of straws!
Above is a Straw Platform! This was a little challenging since it had to hold weight!

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! This project was an egg drop and kids built the egg container using straws!
Above kids are making a container to hold an egg. It was then dropped with a parachute!

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! This project was a tower event and the kids only received twelve straws!
Above is a Straw Tower! The trick with this one was that the kids only received 12 straws! Ha!

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! This project was a rescue event and students built the turning devices with straws!
Above is one of my all-time favorites! Kids had to build a rescue device and it had to wind up! Awesome and clever solutions were part of this one! {Blog Post}

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! Here's a flying project that used different sizes of straws for the flyer!
Above is one of our most recent challenges! We made hoop flyers and experimented with changing variables. It was spectacular! {Blog Post}

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! Here's another tower project that used straws and also students had to suspend a container!
Above is another recent challenge building Bucket Towers! We loved this one, too! The bucket had to be suspended and hold weight! {Blog Post}

STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive! Can you build a geodesic dome using straws?
Finally you have another recent challenge about building Geodesic Domes! This was really, really fun!  Check back next week because it may be my next Wednesday post!

So, now, you ask, "Why do we use so many straws?"
Because, my friends, they do not cost very much! I have FIFTEEN classes of STEM each week. I cannot spend a lot of money. 
Advice: Ask parents to send in straws. And another little giblet of knowledge for you is this:  The best straw you can get is from the Dollar Tree!

So what are you waiting for? Get some straws!
STEM Challenges: Straws are such a great material to use for your STEM projects. They are easy to use, come in many colors and sizes, and they are inexpensive!


So, what are you doing in your Science class?



1 comment :

  1. I started a STEM club this year and the kids loved straws and making things with them. We had platforms for holding weight, towers to hold baseballs (I coach so I had a bucket full) and will be making boats during our last STEM meeting. Thanks for you blog site and Pins.

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