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Let’s Go Skiing (in the STEM Lab)

This Ski lift Challenge turned out to be the most fun in the middle of January! Even for my students that have never skied, it was a delightful STEM activity.

It’s an easy prep challenge and can be completed in one class session. Just gather some rope, string, craft sticks, and your scrap bin.

Here’s a perfect easy prep STEM challenge to celebrate winter and winter sports! Students create a ski lift chair and the skier! Each group will divide into two teams- one to build the chair and the other to design the skier. Students are so creative in adding ski outfits to these models!

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The Lift Line

Now, if you have ever been skiing you know there is a long cable with attached ski lift chairs. That cable carries skiers to the top of the ski hill. So, I decided to create a lift cable in my classroom!

STEM Challenge- design a ski lift chair and skier. The chair must have a safety harness! Check out the snowboard in the lower photo!

My lift line is a clothesline rope tied to a doorway hinge and looped through a large pulley. You can do this without the pulley.

We attached our ski lift chairs with clothespins and pulled the rope to make our lift line move a little. #sofun

We left our lift line hanging for a few days so other classes coming into the STEM Lab could see our STEM Lab Resort Ski Lift!

The Chairs

Students were tasked to build a chair that would hold a skier. The chair had to have a back and a safety bar to prevent the skier from falling out!

Students design a ski lift chair, a skier, and safety devices. What a fun STEM Challenge!
Design a ski lift chair ansd skier! This fabulous STEM challenge is perfect for wintertime! Easy prep and full of fun and engineering!

The Skiers

Our skiers were made from crumpled foil. Students added clothing like scarves, sunglasses, goggles, and, of course, skis!

STEM Challenge- design a ski lift chair and skier. The chair must have a safety harness! Check out the snowboard in the lower photo!
STEM Challenge- design a ski lift chair and skier. The chair must have a safety harness! Check out the snowboard in the lower photo!

What if you need something for early finishers?

Are you looking for a no-prep activity to keep students engaged? Here's a perfect set of color-by-number worksheets featuring a winter theme and simple math. These color-by-code worksheets feature addition, subtraction, basic math facts, and using a table. This is a perfect way to practice those skills and have fun.

Here’s a color-by-number set featuring winter scenes and math problems. It’s an easy-prep set of 5 worksheets with carrying degrees of difficulty.

The skills are perfect for your 3rd and 4th graders.

Use these for:

  • Centers
  • Small groups
  • Early finishers
  • Sub days!
  • Morning work

We loved creating our skiers and ski lift chairs! I know your students will love this challenge, too! Click on any image to see more details.

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Here’s a perfect easy prep STEM challenge to celebrate winter and winter sports! Students create a ski lift chair and the skier! Each group will divide into two teams- one to build the chair and the other to design the skier. Students are so creative in adding ski outfits to these models!