Designing Experiments

This collection of STEM resources is based around designing experiements. Resources are listed in order of stage.

Avalanche!

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled

Troublesome Triangles

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple simulation game to investigate the properties of such systems.

Bird Watch

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?

Flip Your Mat!

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?

Helicopters

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?

Reaction Timer

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This problem offers you two ways to test reactions - use them to investigate your ideas about speeds of reaction.

Terrariums

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.