Author:
William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
4
Tags:
  • K-5 Design Thinking
  • K-5 Engineering
  • STEM
  • k-5-design-thinking
  • k-5-engineering
  • k5engineers
  • stem
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    4th Grade: UV Animal Shelter

    4th Grade:   UV Animal Shelter

    Overview

    Students use pipe cleaners and uv sensitive beads to create an animal and then design a structure that will protect the animal and keep it from changing colors in the sun.

    Instructor Directions

    Engineering Design Process

    Grade Level 4:  UV Animal Shelter

    Inspired by  https://buggyandbuddy.com/sun-shelter/

    Driving Question / ScenarioCan you design and build a shelter that will protect a UV sensitive animal from the sun?
    Project SummaryStudents use pipe cleaners and uv sensitive beads to create an animal and then design a structure that will protect the animal and keep it from changing colors in the sun.  
    Estimated Time45-60 min
    Materials / ResourcesPipe cleaners, uv beads, popsicle sticks, glue, tape, construction paper, and other materials you would like to use to build with
    Standards4.L.1.1  Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.
    Project Outline
    AskCan you build a structure that will protect an animal with UV sensitivities from the sun?
    ImagineImagine that you are working at a zoo and you have been asked to build a habitat for a new animal that has sensitivities to the sun.
    Plan You must use the materials made available to you to design and build your structure so that your animal does not change colors when outside.
    CreateBuild your structure and animal.
    ImproveAfter testing your animal and structure in the sun, what modifications can be made so that your animal stays white?
    Closure / Student ReflectionsDiscuss successes and failures and allow students to share their structures with the class.
    Possible Modifications / Extensions 
    Tags (Subject, robot used, literature)Science, Adaptations, Animals

     

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