Chair Lift Challenge

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During the Winter Olympics, this would be an engaging task to include in your STEM lesson. Design teams plan, construct, and test a miniature ski lift that can carry a pingpong ball up and down a rope line without falling out. With this resource, you will find colorful handouts, follow up questions, Internet connections, and optional extension ideas.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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  • Common Core State Standards supported via reading material
  • Meets several Next Generation Science Standards for engineering
  • A fun challenge that stimulates critical thinking and encourages collaboration

  • No scientific concepts are taught; consider including some instruction about simple machines or energy transfer