STEM challenge / engineering challenge #4:Design a Cargo Ship! This STEM activity provides a great introduction to the Engineering Design Process. These challenges use common items you likely already have in your classroom or can easily obtain. Materials needed for this challenge: aluminum foil, mallet, cardboard, plastic wrap, water, a bin, masses (pennies work well), tape.
There are duplicate copies of a page to include spelling of favorite (favourite). This activity does not use length measurements so is suitable for both imperial and metric systems.
Contents For the teacher (6 pages): Designing a Cargo Ship: Overview (2 pages) Planning time line Introduction to Engineering for Students Design Criteria page Performance rubric
For the students (19 pages) Introduction to Buoyancy Warm-up activities (3 pages, includes differentiation) Testing data sheet Designing a Cargo Ship book Follow-up activities (5 pages, metric and imperial, 2 levels) Certificates of Completion, color and b&w included Blank cover page to use for additional engineering challenges Answer Keys (2 pages) Credits
Disclaimer: I have done my best to keep these as safe as possible. However, please make sure that you do your own due diligence when performing any STEM challenge. Adult supervision is necessary. Please use care, caution, and your best judgement when performing any STEM challenge, engineering challenge, or science experiment. The seller disclaims all liability for any damage or injury which might arise from the use of any of these projects.
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As a former engineer and current homeschooling parent, I love creating fun and practical-life math units as well as hands-on math and science experiments! You can read about some of the experiments and activities we've done on my momgineer blog, or like my Facebook page for updates. I have two very curious home learners that keep me on my toes constantly creating new activities and games, as this is how they best learn. I primarily create these materials for them for our homeschool classroom, but I have also created units for other homeschooling families.