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Elementary Science Olympiad Save the Ice Activity

Grade Level Grades 2-4
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

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In this activity, participants will work independently or in pairs to construct a container for an icecube in an effort to keep the ice frozen as long as possible using home or classroom materials. This activity can be use competitively or non-competitively. The lesson plan can be supplemented with the Science Olympiad At Home Save the Ice video on the Science Olympiad TV You Tube 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 https://www.soinc.org/programs/elementary for more information.

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Science Olympiad at Home, Vol. 5 - Save The Ice
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Standards

Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
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, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose.
Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.

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