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Our STEM Challenge about Building a Bridge (with marshmallows) has been a kid-favorite for several years. Kids love the simple materials and the task of making this one work. The bridges are not very long but will test the patience and diligence of students as they work to finish this successfully. And, they will! Great cheering will happen when a bridge spans the gap and holds a little bit of weight!
The design challenge lesson contained in this package is a bridge building experience. Students will use toothpicks and marshmallows to construct a bridge. They will test the strength of their final designs by adding weights to the structures.
The package includes:
You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes toothpicks, marshmallows, paper plates or bowls, and weights (like pennies).
The package specifically contains pages for Teacher background, materials and preparations, 2 pages of step by step procedures, extension ideas, 2 pages of helpful hints, 3 pages of photographs, and two versions of lab sheets with sample answers provided. In addition a second version of the challenge that uses a blueprint is included. This file contains teacher directions, hints, photos, lab sheets and constraints. Another file contains scoring rubrics for all the versions of this challenge. And, another file contains editable forms! Amazing collection! The total page count listed includes everything.
STEM Challenges are a super way to engage students! Designing and working together will be fun- try it! Your students will love it!
The total page count for this download is 45.
After many years as a classroom teacher I made a big leap to a specialist's job. I became a STEM Lab Specialist in 2013 and quickly discovered I had no resources. I literally started from scratch creating my own lessons for 17 classes of third, fourth, and fifth graders. It was slightly overwhelming. Okay, a lot overwhelming! After several months of creating new STEM resources for my classes I really felt that my lessons could be a lifesaver for busy teachers - like you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and store. Look around- I know you will find something that will suit your class perfectly!
"As always, with this resource you provided a comprehensive, user friendly, and truly awesome product! My students were beyond excited to try this challenge. Thank you for creating another slam dunk activity!"
Resource Creator & Teacher
Have you always known you were going to be a teacher? I sure have! I grew up in Germany and can still remember playing school with our neighbors that only spoke German. Somehow, kids can play even when they cannot understand each other. My dream to be a teacher continued right into high school and I really thought I would teach upper level math. But, you know, something about working in an elementary school just kept enticing me in that direction. I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grade and I'm now a STEM Specialist. I have two adult children and three fur babies. I love reading and cats and coffee and getting up early. My husband and I are slowly checking off visits to all the places on our bucket list. (Australia we are headed your way soon!)