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STEM Challenge Making a Ping Pong Ball Launcher

STEM Engineering Projects for Kids

Have some fun with your students making ping pong ball launchers. in STEM activity for elementary students.   Students use the engineering design process to create and test their prototypes.

Marshmallow Launcher STEM Projects for Kids
For STEM Activities I provide students with a variety of household materials, such as rubber bands, masking tape, toilet paper tubes, balloons, paper cups, plastic basics (like strawberries come in) paint stir sticks, tongue depressor sticks, empty wooden spools, plastic spoons, duct tape, pin pong balls, and tape measure.  (note to teachers: you can buy ping pong balls for a lot cheaper if you search for beer pong balls.  These balls will work just as well, they are not regulation ping pong balls.  Try to get them without a beer label. Jalternatively, you can use large marshmallows)
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STEM activities for kids
The focus of this activity is on Engineering Design Thinking.  I try to get students to use STEM engineering skills like designing, testing, and redesigning their contraption. 
STEM Engineering activities for kids
Engineering Activities for kids
I think like with everything in Makered, it is best practice to let students share what they have made and how they adjusted their original design with the rest of the class.  This encourages the use of the engineering design process in the STEM Curriculum. Students must design, test their design, and make improvements to their design.  Lots of critical thinking and metacognition.
 
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You can find this activity along with seven others in my NGSS STEM Engineering Challenges NGSS STEM Engineering Challenges 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2 and 3-5-ETS1-3

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    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

     
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    I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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    The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
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    As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

     
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    Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

     
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    Heidi J

    My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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