Australia Safety Capsule STEM Challenge

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Australia Safety Capsule 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: 19

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Take your students on a educational adventure to Australia with this complete lesson! Read the letter from fictitious travel guides explaining the invention of the baby safety capsule (car seat) in Australia. Students will learn about distributing and absorbing forces as they complete demonstration activities and build their own safety capsule! Have you ever tried walking on eggs? Complete this optional activity to demonstrate the advantage to distributing force throughout a structure. Using the engineering design process, student teams are then tasked with designing and building a safety capsule to protect an egg as it is crash tested into a wall! Students also learn about the STEM careers of safety engineering and marine ecology to bring in real-world STEM connections. The included mission-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

  • Demonstration activity instructions

  • Student handouts to guide them through the engineering design process

  • Math extension problems