Engineering Challenges

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

2nd Quarter STEM Challenge

CAMP CUBCAT Food Storage Challenge

The Problem:

We are going to CAMP CUBCAT and we need to keep our food safe from  wild animals that live in the area. Your challenge is to develop a structure and container that our food can be placed in and raised to a height that the animals cannot reach.  

The Rules:

The structure must be at least 15 inches above the tabletop.  It should have a pulley system so that the food can be placed in the container on the structure each night and raised above the forest floor (tabletop). Your project will be judged by how much “food” (how many pennies) the container and structure can hold.

List of Suggested Materials:

yardstick/tape measure    craft sticks straws  large paper clips string/yarn             paper towel/toilet paper rolls coffee stir sticks     index cards 3oz cups

pipe cleaners     paper film canisters     tape rubber bands wooden spools   

curling ribbon spools     pencils

Due October 18th - Bring them to the Fall Festival and we will test them there. You can post pictures of your progress to #Cubcatpride or @Honorarableengagedsuccessful on Instagram.

Some Videos to help you with your pulley system:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5YBH30nGv8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7Esx3cqZpw

http://pbskids.org/video/design-squad-nation/2342064713


   


                             











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:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Indoor-Kite/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E019_t8UDV4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weIKVuAYuAM&t=22s (you will need an adult's help with this one!)

http://www.pbs.org/parents/fetch/activities/act/act-goflyakite.html

https://www-tc.pbskids.org/fetch/games/activities/pdf/FETCH_GoFlyAKite.pdf






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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo_pmp5rtzo

Motion in a Straight Line: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ZM8ECpBuQYE&t=37s

Physics of Bobsledding: https://youtube.com/watch?v=V5Qy9fIxZoE

Science of the Winter Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGbOP79EhT0




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









 

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