November 3, 2016

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: Pumpkin Picker

Thanksgiving STEM Challenge: In Pumpkin Picker, students build a pumpkin-harvesting device. Includes modifications grades 2 - 8.

How is it November already?! 

Last week, we left off with the Pilgrims in the New World, with their shelters complete. The next step is to gather available food in the area. That's right, it's time for Pumpkin Picker!

Just a reminder of the challenge order we're following:

Mini Mayflower (Get to where you're going)
Protect-a-Pilgrim (Build a shelter)
Pumpkin Picker (Gather available food)
Corn Cultivator (Set up a sustainable food source)
Turkey Transporter (Once all major needs are met, there's time for fun!)


Students design a device to efficiently harvest pumpkins (measured in time or number of moves to clear the pumpkin patch).

Where Can I Find Out More?

The video walk-through of Pumpkin Picker is embedded below. In it, you'll find information about materials, modifying difficulty level, measuring results, extensions and some tips & tricks to guide you. After you watch it, you'll be better able to guide your students through the challenge. Check it out:

Where are the Others?

Between Oct. 20 and Nov. 13, I'll be posting one Thanksgiving STEM challenge video every Thursday to my YouTube channel and here on my blog. (The final post will come on a Sunday to give you time to implement before Thanksgiving break!)

Until then, you'll find the Thanksgiving bundle briefly described in this post

All challenges are available individually and in discounted bundles in my TpT store, as well.

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