The Blow Cup Challenge is now a STEM Challenge with this engaging science project inspired by the popular YouTube Blow Cup Challenge where students try to blow one cup into another cup.
This self-paced, multi-part Blow Cup STEM challenge is print-and-go. Each activity sheet guides students through the project. This activity is iPad® mobile digital device optional – students can do the entire challenge without technology if you do not have access.
Students will determine the best type of cup, the water level to fill it to, and the distance to set between cups in order to have the best chance of landing the cups. Students will learn about controls, independent and dependent variables as they complete each part and adjust their set-up!
Students will need at 4 different type of cups – suggestions for cups is provided as is a clickable QR code that scans to a demonstration.
★ Part A activities: Students will compare 4 different cups and determine which type of cup works best. (5 pages)
★ Part B activities: Students will determine the best water level to fill the cup. (4 pages)
★ Part C activities: Students will determine the best distance to space between the cups. (4 pages)
★ Part D: Students will compare their data to the class data and calculate the success rate of the independent variables. Includes an anchor chart that shows students exactly how to calculate this. (4 pages)
★ Part E: Students will create a frequency table from their choice of data then graph or create a line plot of the data. Includes an anchor chart with examples. (3 pages)
★ Part F:Students will reflect on results. (1 page)
★ Part G: Students will use what they learned to design their ideal set up. (1 page)
★ Part H: Students evaluate their performance with a self-score rubric. (1 page)
★ Part I: Students will use the visual step-by-step directions to film a slow motion video on the iPad either with a free app or with iMovie. (2 pages)
★ 1 poster that explains the science behind the challenge.
★ 1 cover page for challenge booklet with a clickable QR code that links to a SafeShare video of the Blow Cup Challenge demo.
★ 1 page vocabulary poster includes the terms variable, controlled variable, independent variable, dependent variable, and trials.
★ Detailed teacher note page.
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