Antarctica Shelter STEM Challenge

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Antarctica Shelter STEM Challenge

4.00

Subjects: Engineering Design, General Science, History, Math

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th 

Resource Type: Stage 2 - Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 2 hours

Total Pages: 20

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Take your students on a educational journey to Antarctica with this complete lesson! Read the letter from fictitious travel guides explaining weather conditions and the hazards of living in Antarctica. Students will learn about "insulation" and "freezing point" as they complete introductory activities using dry ice (optional) and simulating animal blubber! An icebreaker activity facilitates teamwork as students must "cross the ice" to travel across the classroom while only touching sheets of paper "ice". Using the engineering design process, student teams are then tasked with designing an insulating shelter to prevent ice from melting! Students also learn about the STEM careers of geoscience, marine biology, and satellite engineering to bring in a real-world STEM connection. Related math problems extend the learning fun!

As with many STEM activities that are student-driven, this challenge can be tailored to students of various skill levels and abilities.

Included in this product:

  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources

  • Grading rubric for the engineering design process

  • STEM Career Connections

  • Icebreaker activity instructions

  • Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process

  • Math extension problems