Build a Sled STEM Activity

Build a Sled STEM Activity

One of our favorite ways to increase student engagement during the craziness of the holidays is with STEM. To make it easy for teachers to implement STEM during this busy time in the classroom, we have compiled a list of 12 Days of Christmas STEM activities.

Our Day 9 activity is build a sled. Follow these step-by-step instructions to engage your students in this fun, hands-on STEM challenge!

BUILD A SLED STEM ACTIVITY

Material List (for each group of 3-4 students):

  • 1 piece of cardboard

  • 4 straws

  • 4 pipe cleaners

  • 1 piece of tape (1 yard long)

  • scissors

  • pennies or washers for weight

Divide students into groups of 3-4.

Give each group the materials listed above. Challenge students to use the materials to build the fastest sled.

Allow students approximately 10 minutes to plan their design individually and another 10-20 minutes to plan as a team. Students will have 30 minutes to build their sled. Test the sled using a wood plank propped up against a table or wall. Sleds can also be tested using the playground slide.

Engage students in STEM with this fun winter challenge! For more information, in depth teacher instructions, student handouts, a STEM journal, and student planning and reflection pages, view the full resource HERE.

Be sure to check out the rest of our 12 Days of Christmas STEM activities!

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