STEM activity / challenge with a STEM tale: Robin Hood aims for success! STEM tales are a series of STEM challenges that are accessible for your youngest budding engineers; they use a fairy tale that your students are likely already familiar with. By adding in a story element, those students that might typically shy away from STEM activities may find joy in transporting themselves into a story to solve a problem.
Your students will help Robin Hood repay his debts to get out of Nottingham Jail by winning an archery competition!
**Please note** Because this activity involves shooting an "arrow" (which can be an unsharpened pencil or a cotton swap), please be sure that you can section off a safe shooting range. Large appliance boxes are excellent for this, as they contain the testing portion. Another option is to use it at the end of your school year and test out the bows at field day! I have successfully used this activity in a small classroom of kids in grades 1-3, but we had an advance discussion about safety precautions, as well as a one-archer-at-a-time policy.
Contents →Instructions and sample images →8-page short story book to guide your students through the engineering design process →Printable targets →Coloring page →Rubric →Certificate of completion
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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.