36 weeks of Grade 5 STEM projects:
Week 1: Designing and Testing Straw Towers
Design and construct tall towers using drinking straws and tape. Test their strength and stability while exploring architectural principles and structural engineering.
Week 2: Investigating Renewable Energy Systems
Explore different renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, wind turbines, or hydroelectric generators. Design and build models to understand their operations and benefits.
Week 4: Building Electric Quiz Boards
Design and build electric quiz boards using circuits, buttons, and LEDs. Create interactive quizzes and test your knowledge in various subjects.
Week 5: Investigating Patterns in Math
Explore mathematical patterns, such as Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s triangle, or geometric progressions. Create visual representations and investigate the underlying principles.
Week 6: Designing and Testing Paper Bridges
Construct bridges using only paper and tape. Test their load-bearing capacity and discuss the engineering principles involved in building strong and efficient structures.
Week 7: Exploring Space Exploration
Research the history and technology of space exploration. Create models or presentations to understand the challenges and achievements of space missions.
Week 8: Investigating Simple Machines
Explore different simple machines and their applications. Design and build models to understand how these machines make work easier.
Week 9: Designing and Testing Rube Goldberg Machines
Create elaborate Rube Goldberg machines that perform a simple task through a series of complex actions. Apply principles of physics and engineering to design and build the machines.
Week 10: Exploring Coding Concepts with Python
Deepen coding skills with Python by creating more complex programs and algorithms. Develop problem-solving skills and logical thinking through coding projects.
Week 11: Investigating Sound Waves and Music
Explore the physics of sound waves and the principles of music. Experiment with musical instruments and create your own compositions.
Week 12: Designing and Testing Egg Drop Containers
Design containers to protect eggs from breaking when dropped from a height. Explore concepts of force, impact, and materials engineering.
Week 13: Investigating Environmental Sustainability
Research environmental sustainability practices and their impact. Propose solutions to reduce waste, conserve resources, and promote sustainability in your community.
Week 14: Designing and Testing Water Filtration Systems
Design and construct water filtration systems using various materials. Test their effectiveness in removing contaminants from water and discuss the importance of clean water.
Week 15: Exploring Robotics with LEGO EV3
Build and program robots using LEGO EV3 kits. Develop advanced coding and engineering skills while completing complex robotic challenges.
Week 16: Investigating Weather Phenomena
Study weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or thunderstorms. Analyze weather patterns, track storms, and create weather reports.
Week 17: Designing and Testing Paper Airplanes
Create and test paper airplanes of different designs. Measure flight distances and experiment with aerodynamics to achieve optimal performance.
Week 18: Exploring Geometric Solids and Volume
Study different geometric solids and calculate their volumes. Build models to understand the relationship between shape, dimensions, and volume.
Week 19: Investigating Chemical Reactions
Conduct experiments to observe chemical reactions and understand the principles of chemistry. Explore factors that affect reactions and create chemical reactions in a controlled environment.
Week 20: Designing and Testing Wind-Powered Vehicles
Design and build vehicles powered by wind. Test their efficiency and explore the principles of aerodynamics and energy conversion.
Week 21: Exploring Earth’s Geological History
Research Earth’s geological history and the processes that shaped its surface. Create timelines or models to illustrate geological eras and events.
Week 22: Investigating Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Explore the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Learn about robotic systems, machine learning, and the ethical implications of AI.
Week 23: Designing and Testing Paper Roller Coasters
Create and construct paper roller coasters using cardstock, tape, and other materials. Explore concepts of gravity, momentum, and energy while designing thrilling coasters.
Week 24: Exploring Electricity and Magnetism
Investigate the properties of electricity and magnetism. Conduct experiments to understand circuits, electromagnetism, and their practical applications.
Week 25: Investigating the Human Brain and Senses
Study the structure and functions of the human brain and the five senses. Create models or diagrams to understand how the brain processes sensory information.
Week 26: Designing and Testing Sustainable Buildings
Design sustainable buildings that incorporate energy-efficient features and use renewable materials. Discuss the importance of green architecture and sustainable urban planning.
Week 27: Exploring Coding with Scratch
Learn advanced coding concepts using Scratch, a visual programming language. Create interactive games, animations, and simulations while developing computational thinking skills.
Week 28: Investigating Energy Conservation Strategies
Study energy conservation strategies for homes, schools, and communities. Propose practical solutions to reduce energy consumption and promote sustainability.
Week 29: Designing and Testing Paper Boats
Design and build paper boats using different folding techniques. Test their buoyancy and stability in water while exploring principles of naval architecture.
Week 30: Exploring Microscopic Life
Use microscopes to observe microscopic organisms and cells. Investigate their structures, functions, and their role in ecosystems.
Week 31: Investigating the Solar System and Beyond
Explore the solar system, galaxies, and the universe. Research space missions, astronomical discoveries, and the possibilities of future space exploration.
Week 32: Designing and Testing Straw Rockets
Design and construct straw rockets using paper, straws, and tape. Test the rockets’ flight distances and explore principles of aerodynamics and propulsion.
Week 33: Exploring Coding with Arduino
Learn the basics of coding and electronics using Arduino boards. Build interactive projects and control external components.
Week 34: Investigating Biomes and Ecosystems
Research different biomes and their unique ecosystems. Analyze the interrelationships between organisms and their environment.
Week 35: Designing and Testing Trebuchets
Design and build trebuchets, medieval siege weapons. Experiment with different designs and weights to understand projectile motion and energy transfer.
Week 36: Exploring Nanotechnology
Learn about the field of nanotechnology and its applications in various industries. Explore nanoscale materials, structures, and their unique properties.
These Grade 5 STEM projects aim to engage students in hands-on learning experiences while exploring a wide range of scientific and technological concepts.