http://www.maketolearn.org/inventions-kits/solenoid/guide/ a unit!
http://www.maketolearn.org/ plans and ideas
Marble Run: Students make a box from a sheet of cardboard or get a box. Give each team the same number of straws. Challenge is for a team to create a maze that a marble will travel down when the box is placed at an angle. Winner is team whose marble takes the longest time without stopping.
Marble Maze: Students are given a certain number of straws and a box. Must create a maze for other students to complete. Most challenging wins.
Mini-Golf Course: Each team must build a golf hole. Must design own golf clubs and a safe golf ball.
Bridge Competition: http://learninghypothesis.com/bridge-building-stem-challenge/
Go to Youtube and type in : stem activities for middle school
Let’s Make a Compass
The Sailboat Mission:
Your team must construct a sailboat no larger than 10 inches long and no wider than 6 inches. It can be smaller but must be able to carry a weight of 10 pennies. It must remain upright and be able to sail across our “ocean”. We will also have a speed competition between boats.
You will have access to the following supplies only:
You will NOT be given any supplies until after your team has designed and drawn a picture of your boat.
PBS Sailboat video
Build-A-Boat ppt: opens in google docs
PBS: A Boat That Floats
Physics of Sailboats