I have some STEM Challenges, a math resource, and two Escape Rooms to share!
The STEM Challenges all have a “wind” theme – for the month of March. But, one of the challenges has a sports theme because of March Madness (for basketball). One Escape Room is sports-related and the other will take care of St. Patrick’s Day for you. The Math resource is about Pi Day. Take a look!
March is just jam-packed with events!
This STEM Challenge is one of our favorites and I know I say that all the time. I guess we just love anything STEM. Wind Cars has an unusual premise.
Using the very basic of materials (cardboard tubes) students make a rolling car that must be powered by the wind. They must make their wheels round and they must factor in the sailing ability of the car!
My favorite part of this challenge is the extras that kids add to the cars. Most of them will add a driver, steering wheels, and even pedals. I also see license plates a lot!
With older kids, you will really enjoy the Windmill challenge!
I would advise this for 5th grade or above because it is challenging. Getting those windmill blades to turn is quite tricky.
The turning mechanism involves an axle type contraption and then the blades have to be attached. We have tried a little bit of everything for this. Above, in the top photo, you can see a wooden disc that worked well. Above, in the bottom photo, the team has used a sewing bobbin. I really thought those bobbins would work great, but they are very small and it’s hard to get blades attached.
TIP: You do not need a fancy blade holder- a circular piece of cardboard would be fine.
Oh, basketball, how we love you! My students are probably just like yours when they get excited about any major tournament time. The college basketball series in March is one we hear about a lot.
That makes this challenge perfect for March. It’s all about basketball!