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Engineering Design Challenge #4 - Design a Cargo Ship (STEM)

Meredith Anderson


  • Grades: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
  • Subjects: STEM
  • Product Type: Printable
  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

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Engage your students with an engineering design challenge. This activity provides a simple yet comprehensive introduction to the engineering design process.

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.

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)

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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About the Seller

Meredith Anderson
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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.

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