This one has the ULTIMATE in COLLABORATION! This is one of my favorite ways to use a STEM challenge.
Here’s the deal.
One group. Two teams.
One team builds the tower. One team build the satellite dish.
One bin of supplies for the Tower team.
One bin of supplies for the Dish team.
So here’s one group:
When they are ready the two parts must be joined together.
Will they fit correctly? Will the tower stand up to the weight of the dish? Will the dish follow the rules of the task? One of the rules was that the dish must rotate!
I don’t like to choose favorites, but I thought this one was very clever! Look at the photo below.
The team cut up pieces of straws and placed them inside the cup, covered it, and then when the “dish” rotated the little pieces moved. They told me these were receptors….
Finally, my groups wanted to name their satellite dish “companies” and they came up with the most clever names.
See that little bat inside the cup above. That is drawn on the bottom of the cup-INSIDE the cup.
I said, to the boy that did this, “How did you get that picture inside the cup?”
He replied, quite dramatically, “A magician never reveals his secrets!”
We also had the S.I.S – which meant the Space International Satellite.
Supersonic Sky Satellite 3000
That’s the “I Wish I Had a Dish”!
This was an awesome challenge! It made us collaborate between two teams and I loved it. It was so interesting to hear the talk and see the two teams helping one another.
STEM AT ITS BEST!