Build a Snow Fort STEM Activity

Build a Snow Fort 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 11 activity is build a snow fort. Follow these step-by-step instructions to engage your students in this fun, hands-on STEM challenge!

BUILD A SNOW FORT STEM ACTIVITY

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

  • toothpicks (approx. 30-40)

  • small marshmallows (approx. 30)

  • large marshmallows (approx. 30)

Divide students into groups of 3-4.

Give each group the materials listed above. Challenge students to use the materials to build a snow fort. The snow fort must stand on its own, must be covered on all four sides, and must include a roof.

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 snow forts. At the end of the time limit test for durability and protection by throwing a few marshmallows at each fort.

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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