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Elementary Science Olympiad Mission Possible Activity

Grade Level Grades 3-6
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards


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In this activity, participants will design, build, and test a Rube Goldberg-like device, which incorporates up to at least 5 unique action transfers, including: make a loud sound, create a domino effect without using dominos, make a round object roll, have a change in elevation, and create a pendulum action. The lesson plan can be supplemented with the Science Olympiad At Home Mission Possible video on the Science Olympiad TV YouTube channel.

This activity is suited for the classroom, an afterschool program, or at-home learning. 

Elementary Science Olympiad allows students, teachers and families an opportunity to explore the world of STEM in classroom, club, community or competitive settings. Signature Science Olympiad events like Mystery Powders, Gummi Bear Long Jump, Straw Towers, Metric Mastery and Don’t Bug Me bring core science concepts to life using everyday materials. Designed to be inclusive, welcoming and accessible to novice learners and educators, the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards-aligned Elementary Science Olympiad curriculum will fit the needs of any school, after-school program or library. Visit for more information.




January 8, 2021
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Science Olympiad at Home, Vol. 6 - Mission Possible
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Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object's motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.
Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.


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