STEM Challenge for Summer: Design a Submersible!
Warning: You WILL Get Wet with this STEM Challenge
Gather Materials for Submersible STEM
First, gather all materials needed for the challenge:
- With an object that floats, that they will need to make LESS buoyant.
- With an object that sinks, that they will need to make MORE buoyant.
Go Deeper with Science in this STEM Challenge
Have your students research density and buoyancy. Ask:
How does the density of an object affect its buoyancy?
When might you want a water vessel to NOT be completely buoyant?
What skills do students work on? In addition to following the Engineering Design Process to complete this challenge, students will need to work together and may need to make several modifications to improve their sail designs.
Add more rigor into this activity and download printables for students to use with the STEM challenge resource (or get the pack of Summer STEM challenges) on Teachers pay Teachers (also includes sand castle STEM and a squirrel proof bird feeder):