Bobbing for Apples STEM and a Giveaway!

Can't even begin to tell ya how thankful I am for this week off!!!  I have hit a few goals with my TPT and Instagram so I wanted to kick off this Thanksgiving week with a little giveaway.
So, starting today I will giveaway 3 products of the winner's choice, from my shop for free.  I will do the same thing again tomorrow and Wednesday, so be sure to pop back by each day to enter that giveaway:)  (Enter at the end of this post:))
 
Ok, bobbing for apples and STEM you say???  Well I found a fab STEM packet from Get Caught Engineering with a bunch of wonderful activities:)  This packet is their Get Caught Engineering in November with STEM
The activity we did was bobbing for apples.  Bobbing for apples sounds easy and messy, right?!  Wrong!  The kiddos had to design something to "bob" for apples without getting wet!
I've gotta be honest...I wasn't sure how this would go...the whole STEM process is fairly new to me, but EACH and EVERY time we do a STEM activity, I stand amazed!!  I wish, how I wish you could hear the conversations when I say begin.....it makes this teacher's heart smile. 
I also feel like the kids get more serious about their work with each challenge.  They did such an amazing job filling out their paperwork, designing, sketching, planning....the works! (Get Caught Engineering's pack includes all the papers you need!)

 
Here are just a few of the "devices" they designed.  Love their creativity!





After several attempts and re-designs, most of the teams were able to retrieve apples...one team got 14! I love how they stuck to it and didn't give up and I also love how they cheered each other on:)
 
Don't forget to enter my giveaway and come back tomorrow and Wednesday to enter again:) 
 

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30 comments

  1. Haven't tried STEM yet, but your post is intriguing...fingers crossed for this giveaway!

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  2. I haven't tried STEM activities yet...but need to start because of the new standards. We are required to make a new curriculum from scratch...should be fun :-( I need all the help I can get! Thanks!

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  3. Yes I do. Our new science book has Stem activities in it. The kids love it. We just did one where the kids designed something to keep an egg safe when you drop it.

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  4. It's wonderful to be thankful, today I am thankful for you, your blog, your amazing ideas, and now this giveaway! STEM is awesome - - creative problem solving at it's finest. Thanks!

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  5. I do not use STEM but would love to give it a try....all the activities look soooo fun and engaging! I know my kiddos would love them!

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  6. I love STEM lessons/activities and so do my students! This will be a great lesson to include. Congrats in the milestones!

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  7. Posting from BC, Canada. I have never heard of STEM activities, but from the quick research I just did and reading your blog post, I would love to try some STEM challenges in my classroom!

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  8. this year I teach ELA and Social Studies only so I don't use STEM but if I get to be self-contained again I'd love to look into it!

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  9. I have tried a few STEM activities: At the beginning of the year we did a notecard building activity, which went pretty well. During Halloween we did a Gumdrop building activity to see which tower could be the tallest. I am trying to incorporate more activities, though.
    Thanks!
    Emily
    scheinbere@hotmail.com

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  10. I love Stem! I tried the last one you did with the toothpicks. :)

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  11. Hi Tara,
    I like your blog post because you are doing what I am doing in my classroom... increasing the use of STEM activities... I teach sixth grade in a public school and have been trying to incorporate new, fun engineering activities because they are so engaging for the students. We just finished making structures using dry spaghetti and mini marshmallows to hold a hard boiled egg to withstand an "earthquake" on a shake table to simulate building structure design for earthquakes, since this is what we are studying in science. It was fantastic! It will be an upcoming blog post on our blog soon! Take care and keep up the great work:)
    Carol of The Teacher Team
    www.theteacherteam.com

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing our Bobbing for Apples STEM project. It was great fun to see your pictures and read about your students success!! We are busily writing winter STEM projects that will be ready by the end of the week. We are also excited to share that in December we will be a conducting a family STEM workshop at the Smithsonian in DC.
    Wendy and Cheryl
    Get Caught Engineering

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  13. No I don't but I would love to try it out!

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  14. I have been a bit intimidated by STEM, but after reading this post I'm thinking I need to give it a try.

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  15. I haven't tried STEM, but I've been wanting to. I just have to find the right project and make enough time in my schedule!

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  16. I haven't tried it either, but it certainly looks interesting!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  17. I've tried things here and there...we are looking at our Science standards (and looking to align with Next Gen), and STEM/STEAM will definitely be a part of our new Science Curriculum!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  18. I haven't tried it yet, but after seeing your fun activities I think it would be something my students would love!

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  19. I haven't tried STEM activities yet, but I've been looking into them. Thanks for the ideas.

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  20. Haven't had the chance yet but looking at some different projects so that hopefully I can soon.

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  21. I haven't tried STEM yet but this activity looks like "play" through the standards and skills. Music to this teacher's ears!

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  22. I love doing STEM activities and so do the kiddos!

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  23. I did a few STEM projects last year and am trying to incorporate them more frequently this year

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  24. Goll how fun! I don't teach STEM as that is one of our specialists (we have 3- physical education, music, and STEM). I did student teach with EiE (Engineering is Elementary) and LOVED using that curriculum! I wish I could teach some of those lessons in my gen. ed. room!
    Kelli
    Tales of a Tenacious Teacher

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  25. I've dabbled in STEM with a building challenge. Would love to do more! LOVE your bobbing for apples activity!

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  27. That looks like fun! At the beginning of the year, I did the spaghetti and marshmallow challenge with my 6th graders and they loved it. Maybe this would be an interesting STEM activity to try next!

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  28. I am a science teacher K-5 and try to add a STEM lesson for each unit I am doing. I absolutely LOVE the apple bobbing idea for next year's apple unit that I give the teachers at my school! Last week our kinders build push and pull cars and our first graders build animals that had adaptations that protected a piece of candy...fun stuff! Great ideas...bobbing for apples witout getting wet.

    Renee at The Science School Yard

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