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Explore the strength, resilience, and function of geometric shapes as structural components. Design teams choose 1 of 2 load-bearing structural engineering challenges: bridges or towers. To be successful, teams must incorporate knowledge of forces and vectors to create the structure that holds the most weight. Brings in Common Core math and NGSS engineering standards. Materials support 15 prototypes and 15 rebuilds. Includes instructions; weights to test strength are needed but not supplied.
Explore the strength, resilience, and function of geometric shapes, angles, and curves as structural components. Design teams choose 1 of 2 load-bearing structural engineering challenges: bridges (horizontal) or towers (vertical). To be successful, teams must combine their knowledge of geometric shapes, load bearing, forces, and vectors to create the structure that holds the most weight. Activity incorporates Common Core math applications and engineering standards. Materials support 15 design teams (1 prototype and 1 rebuild). Includes instructions; weights to test strength are needed but not supplied. Note: White glue or low melting temperature hot glue may be used with the components of this kit.
|Modeling Clay, 0.25-lb Block||3||Included|
|Wood Coffee Stir Stick||500||Included|
|Plastic Coffee Stir Stick||500||Included|
|Construction Paper Sheet, 9 × 12"||15||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Weights||Needed, Not Included|
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Easily integrate exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into any physical science curriculum with Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits. They engage and inspire students with fun real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format.
Hands-on activities center on engineering concepts and practices from the Next Generation Science Standards. Design teams design, build, test, and modify their prototypes to provide an innovative solution to the class challenge. These activities strengthen students’ critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills, while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.
Designed with ease of use in mind, Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits have the materials and information needed for classroom success:
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