Students will be introduces to this renewable energy source, wind energy, and create excitement and cooperative learning with this competition-based STEM materials. First, students research the fundamentals of wind energy and wind turbine design. Then, they will design and build their own wind turbine to optimize performance.
A chemistry lesson that is competitive? Yes! Bring the excitement of a STEM Challenge to your chemistry classroom and watch student engagement bounce off the walls. Students will be introduced to polymer chemistry as they make bouncy balls using white glue and sodium borate. After testing their cross-linked polymer's properties, student teams are challenged to design a polymer that maximizes bounce. Teams enter their engineered material into a classroom competition and extend their learning via the engineering design process.
Go medieval in your science classroom while converting potential energy into kinetic energy! Build functional desktop-sized trebuchets to launch corks for accuracy or distance. Students will learn about levers and explore characteristics that perfect trebuchet performance.
Through several hands-on activities that focus on solutions and crystal growing, students will learn about physical science and engineering concepts. Students first create a supersaturated sugar solution and grow sugar crystals, then brainstorm ways that the sugar solution and crystal growing setup can be modified to meet a specific design challenge. Finally, they re engineer their crystal growing solutions and compete to create the best design and they can grow create a crystal garden as a whole class at the end of the session