Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Snow related STEM projects

In anticipation of our upcoming snow, we did a STEM project the other day related to snow.  Students made a snowball slingshot using only the following materials:
Clothes pins
Craft sticks
Rubber bands
6 oz. paper cups
Plastic spoons

They had to throw a cotton ball with their hands.  They then were challenged to craft a slingshot that would lunch the cotton ball aka snowball further than they threw it. At least three repeats were required. 

Here are a few of their designs:

It is always fun to watch students as they try to develop a new idea. One of the reasons I like using STEM challenges is that it promotes problem solving, creativity, engineering skills and often, collaboration. 

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