Bird Nest STEM Challenge (Biomimicry Engineering Activity)

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Bird Nest STEM Challenge (Biomimicry Engineering Activity)

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Subjects: Engineering Design, Applied Math, Life Science

Grades: 3rd - 8th 

Resource Type: Stage 2 - Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 4 hours

Total Pages: 47

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Students will dive into the engineering design process with this hands-on STEM challenge building a nest to safely catch a falling egg. A follow-up activity teaches biomimicry by relating what was learned in building a bird nest and applying it to designing a landing pad for a space capsule. As a student-driven assignment, the purpose of the teacher is to act as a facilitator. You will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their nests in their teams.Complete teacher instructions and student handouts make this project simple to incorporate STEM into your classroom or program.

  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources
  • Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process
  • Student recording sheets for each step of the process
  • Biomimicry student handout
  • Project reflection questions
  • Math connection problems including graphing, ratios/ fractions, measurements, perimeter, and area (applicable sheets in both SI and metric units)