STEM Challenge: Building a Structure

STEM challenge: draw a plan for a building creation and execute it. I purposely gave each kid a different material because otherwise they’d argue about who got more tiles, blocks, etc. etc. After drawing their design and building the structures, they explained their process to each other—an exercise in presentation and speaking skills. .
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Next, structures were demolished, process repeated with a different material. We used MagnaTiles and wood blocks because it’s what we have on hand, but use whatever materials you have at your disposal. Pictured, my son (4) made a transformer and my daughter (6) made a Rapunzel tower. This ignited a spark of creative energy and kept us busy for an hour.

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