STEM Challenge for Spring: Design and Create a Bird’s Nest
A nature-based STEM challenge that is fun to create on both a small and large scale: a bird’s nest!
Support a Growth Mindset with STEM
Why try this challenge? In addition to creating something that seems simple (but is actually quite difficult), students have the opportunity to observe nests in nature, gather materials, and work on their growth mindset.
Gather Materials for Bird Nest STEM
First, gather all materials needed for the challenge:
This project can be done in two ways – with materials found in your recycle bin or objects found in nature. If you live in an urban area, students may observe that birds often use trash that has been discarded when making their nests. Use paper scraps or go to nature to find grass, twigs, etc. Ask:
What objects do you routinely discard that could be reused or repurposed?
What skills do students work on? In addition to following the Engineering Design Process to complete this challenge, they will need to test stability and strength as well as work together with patience and perseverance.
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