STEM Tales - A new bed for Golidlocks! - momgineer

Monday, December 21, 2015

STEM Tales - A new bed for Golidlocks!

This STEM activity is geared at lower elementary kids and I am so excited to share some details about it! I think it is my favorite STEM tale activity so far. STEM tales introduce the youngest budding engineers to STEM activity, by taking a familiar story and using it to walk them through the engineering design process. Do you love telling and re-telling stories with your kids? Do you ever change the ending to spice it up a bit? That's exactly what we do with STEM tales!

The 8-page book provides an alternative ending to this story, in which your students need to help make a bed for Goldilocks! Goldilocks is simply a printed out figure, which you can add weigh to with either small masses, pennies, or washers.
Using whatever crafting materials you have handy (index cards and tape are really all that is needed, but feel free to use other supplies as well), create a new bed for Goldilocks!
Is it large enough? Will it hold the weigh to of the figure? You will be surprised at the designs your students come up with!

After Golidlocks has tested out the beds, it's time to introduce the bear family to the challenge (mama, papa, and baby, who is the same size as Golidlocks).
You will add heavier weights to mama and papa bear, and then test the designs again. This is a great way to demonstrate why it's important to know your design criteria before starting a STEM challenge! Mama bear may fit on some and not others, or papa bear may fit but weigh too much and collapse the bed!
Here is the link to the resource, which I hope you check out!
Goldilocks STEM challenge

momgineer Meredith Anderson

STEM education is my passion!

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