Pumpkin Volcano Shelter STEM Challenge

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Pumpkin Volcano Shelter STEM Challenge

4.75

Subjects:  Engineering Design, Earth Science

Grades: 5th - 9th

Resource Type: Stage 2 – Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 3 Hours

Total Pages: 34

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Your students will have a blast working in teams to build a shelter that can survive a volcanic eruption from a pumpkin! The activity guides your students through the engineering design process and connects math topics to real-world applications. Our students have loved this activity, and we know yours will too! 

This engaging, student-driven activity includes an optional simulated volcanic eruption, to test the students' shelter designs, using baking soda, vinegar, dish soap and a pumpkin. This makes for an exciting and educational experience they will remember! 

Included in this product:
* Detailed teachers guide with links to resources
* Volcano information sheet
* Grading Rubric
*Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process
* Student recording sheet for each step of the process
* Reflection questions to ensure concepts are understood
* Math connection problems including surface area and unit conversion (answer key included) in American customary and metric units