Ultraviolet Light Shelter STEM Challenge

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Ultraviolet Light Shelter STEM Challenge

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Subjects: Engineering Design, Earth Sciences, Math

Grades: 5th - 8th 

Resource Type: Stage 2, Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 3 hours

Total Pages: 30

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Students are on a mission to protect an astronaut from ultraviolet light over-exposure in this engaging STEM challenge. Using UV sensative beads, students explore how different materials absorb UV light and use the engineering design process to build a UV safe shelter. 

This design challenge that allows students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own shelter. 

This packet includes:
- Detailed educator guide with links to resources
- Student handouts including an Ultraviolet Light information sheet
- Student recording packet for each step of the engineering design process
- Reflection questions
- Math extension questions in imperial and metric units