What kiddo doesn't want to launch something across the room?! In this challenge, students work to launch an alien the greatest distance using everyday materials. This is a challenge that can easily be adapted to different age groups and a variety of circumstances such as needing substitute plans or just beginning the wonderful world of STEM.
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Students will be designing and performing an experiment using the scientific method to answer the following question: How can I make a toy car move? Using simple materials, students will explore how a force is a push or a pull.
This lesson looks at the impact friction has on motion by running toy cars on different surfaces. Students will measure the distance the toy car travels down a ramp and see how adding sandpaper as a source of friction impacts distance.
This resource is a rubric from a STEM Competition in which 4th-6th grade students competed. For this competition, students had to incorporate their understanding of simple machines to build a Rube Goldberg machine that completed a task.
How far can your vehicle travel? Students design and build a vehicle out of K'Nex with 3-4 wheels, test their designs, analyze their results, make a change, and repeat process. This is a fun STEM activity that can be done with a substitute or if you are getting comfortable with STEM.