Engineering Challenges

  We are excited to share engineering challenges that student's can do at home!

4TH Quarter:

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

Using what you know about kites, geometry, measurement, weather, and force and motion, can you design and build a kite that can fly indoors or outdoors?

You may use straws, broomstraws, wooden sticks (no pointy ends), string, lightweight paper/plastic/foil, glue, tape or any other household materials to construct your kite. You may NOT purchase a kite. You may go to my website to get some ideas

We will hold a kite flying day on Thursday, April 12th (weather permitting) at 2:00pm to test our designs. We can't wait to see what you create! The sky’s the limit!

Websites to check out: (you will need an adult's help with this one!)

3rd qtr

Go For the Gold with our Winter Olympic STEM Challenge!

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Problem:  You made it to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, but your sled did not!  Your challenge is to build a new one.  Click the link below to find the rest of the challenge sheet.  

Link to Winter Olympic STEM Challenge

For video resources click on the links below.

Crash Course Physics:

Motion in a Straight Line:

Physics of Bobsledding:

Science of the Winter Olympics:

2st Quarter: Gilligan's Island

Boat Race Rescue:

How will we get off the island and back to civilization?

We have a differentiated challenge this time. One for K-1 and one for 2-5.  Go to the HES homepage to get the directions and planning guides. *Be sure to pick the correct one for your grade level.

We will have our races during the day on Oct. 19th.  Grade level winners will race for overall winner during the family picnic on Oct. 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Remember boats need to be less than 6" wide.  Our "race course" is 5 1/2" wide.



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From past challenges:

Click on WLOS- Never Stop Learning to see some of our 

SPACE-TACULAR students describing their projects