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Treat Toss is a Halloween catapult STEM Challenge activity your kids will love!Buy 5 items in my shop & get 25% off with code: SAVE25!The basic premise:In partners or groups (individually works too!), students work against a criteria and constraints list to build a low-energy machine to toss treats. You can choose from one of two challenge goals: maximum launch distance and/or target-accuracy.This challenge is a great introduction to simple machines, particularly levers!***This resource consists of four (4) downloadable files: a print-ready PDF and an editable PowerPoint file of the student handouts. One set of the files uses Halloween-themed clipart and the other is an "anytime" version. Please note these are downloadable files only. No physical items will be sent to you.***Inside the resource, you'll find:- NGSS aligned standards, Grades 2 – 8- Teacher Tips- Links to a video walk-through of the challenge & my 5-part video series on getting started with STEM challenges- Premise & Set-up- Materials and timing- Modifying Criteria & Constraints to adjust challenge difficulty- Measuring results- Post-design extension activities list & links(EDITABLE) Student Handouts- Criteria and Constraints list - Design Analysis Handouts two sets & two versions (Halloween & anytime themes): 2-page regular spacing and 4-page expanded spacing for primary students included for two different goals: length or length + weight held- Discussion Questions Extension templates- Process flow map- Create & solve math problems based on designsSuggested Materials are easily modified. You do NOT need all of these items; just use what you have available (not included/digital download):- Wrapped candy (Small candies like Hershey’s Kisses are easier to launch and easy to locate post-launch. You may want to provide more than one option.)- Candy target/container (A printable target is included if you select the target-accuracy goal, but a Halloween-themed candy bowl is also fun!)- Clothespins (1-2)- Rubber bands (5-20 per student/group)- Popsicle sticks/tongue depressors/craft sticks/pencils/wooden rulers/small scrap wood pieces (10 – 20)- Something (or multiple things) to act as a fulcrum (markers, batteries, spice bottles, etc.)- Tape (constrain to 24 in. or less)- Tape measureOptional:– Small cups– Cardboard– Foil– Pipe cleaners– String
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Multi-level learning...can easily be an age/skill appropriate project with adjustment, meets STEM standards, but most importantly, FUN learning for the children!
Mary Butler Brown Nov 28, 2022
This is great! Thank you!
Jacquie Gamble Nov 24, 2022
Great STEAM challenge for home or school
Jennifer Whalen Nov 21, 2022
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