In this STEAMstart challenge, students test wax options to make paper water-resistant. Reverse engineer the boxy container to make a net. Waterproof the container before construction. Plant a seed to germinate. design a temporary zoo habitat for an animal that not only meets its needs but also some wants. STEAMstart Digital Downloads are stand-alone activities that help kids ask questions, dream up ideas, draw concepts, design, and test prototype ideas before redesigning a final model. This challenge may also be found in the BioDome Bees Unit for classrooms, camps, and clubs.
The guides for this activity include:
• Kids STEAMvestigation Handout
• Educator's Background Notes
• Design Logbook Pages
• Literacy Connection "MIND THE BEESWAX"
You supply recycled materials, tapes and glues, cardboard or cardstock or paper plates, chenille strips, straws or dowels, pulleys and strings, paper, crayons, and scissors
Half-class or full-class materials kits are available for this STEAMvestigation. To introduce the full STEAMstart Unit including 5 subject-focused STEAMvestigations and a culminating Unit Challenge, order the STEAMstart BioDome Bees Unit for camps, clubs, and after school programs.