Seasonal STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Building Challenges are FUN while also offering opportunities for kids to use important critical thinking skills. With just 2 simple supplies, kids can learn and play with the free-standing shamrock STEAM building challenge from Wikki Stix.
Objective: to encourage kids to use cross-disciplinary tools in order to gain new problem-solving knowledge they can take beyond the home or classroom and apply to the everyday world.
Science: Kids will use skills within the scientific method (observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating) while planning, constructing, and documenting learning in the free-standing shamrock building challenge.
Technology: Kids will use digital cameras to photograph their own shamrock designs and print the photos to share with peers, family, and friends.
Engineering: Kids will construct a free-standing shamrock from simple supplies that exhibit early attempts at engineering.
Arts: Kids will use individual creative expression to plan, design, and construct the free-standing shamrocks.
Math: Kids will use mathematical skills (estimation, same/different, lines, patterns) to construct the shamrocks and gain knowledge of mathematical relationships in the STEAM challenge.
Prior to the building challenge, discuss the STEPS to STEAM SUCCESS below:
STEAM Inquiry: Kids are asked to construct a free-standing shamrock using ONLY the supplies below.
- Green Wikki Stix
- Craft Sticks
Kids will ask how they are supposed to create the free-standing shamrock (the shamrock must stand independently without assistance from the kids). Invite kids to help solve the inquiry by offering open-ended feedback to invite critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Remind kids that making a sketch of their potential designs often helps prior to constructing with supplies.
It’s fun to watch kids creating, thinking, and problem-solving with Wikki Stix. While the STEAM inquiry is simple, the results are amazing. Each student-artist will design a free-standing shamrock a bit differently than another. Invite kids to take digital photographs of the construction and testing phase. By looking at a photo, kids can often tell how to modify a design to work better (they can also share photos with family and friends).
The St. Patrick’s Day STEAM Free-Standing Shamrock Building Challenge is a fun project for St. Patrick’s Day (or ANY day). Kids will design, construct, test, and think while playing to learn. There are many ways to use Wikki Stix for STEM and STEAM creative challenges in the classroom or at home. For more free lesson plans and activities, please visit:
A few of our own kids free-standing shamrock designs are shown in the photos below: