Bird Nest STEM Challenge

STEM Challenge for Spring: Design and Create a Bird’s Nest

A nature-based STEM challenge that is fun to create on both a small and large scale: a bird’s nest!

Support a Growth Mindset with STEM

Why try this challenge? In addition to creating something that seems simple (but is actually quite difficult), students have the opportunity to observe nests in nature, gather materials, and work on their growth mindset.

Gather Materials for Bird Nest STEM

First, gather all materials needed for the challenge:

This project can be done in two ways – with materials found in your recycle bin or objects found in nature. If you live in an urban area, students may observe that birds often use trash that has been discarded when making their nests. Use paper scraps or go to nature to find grass, twigs, etc. Ask:

What objects do you routinely discard that could be reused or repurposed?

Test the nest with hardboiled, wooden, or plastic eggs filled with pennies (for weight). Can it support the weight of the egg?

What skills do students work on? In addition to following the Engineering Design Process to complete this challenge, they will need to test stability and strength as well as work together with patience and perseverance.

Add more rigor into this activity with the STEM challenge resource (or get the pack of Spring STEM challenges) on Teachers pay Teachers:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/STEM-Challenges-for-Spring-2461075?utm_source=Momgineer%20Blog&utm_campaign=Spring%20STEM%20Nest

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Spring STEM Challenge - Design and create a bird nest using recyclable or found materials in nature. STEM for all seasons. #stemeducation | Meredith Anderson - Momgineer

Spring STEM Challenge - Design and create a bird nest using recyclable or found materials in nature. STEM for all seasons. #stemeducation | Meredith Anderson - Momgineer

Spring STEM Challenge - Design and create a bird nest using recyclable or found materials in nature. STEM for all seasons. #stemeducation | Meredith Anderson - Momgineer

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