Teaching Resource

Build a Pirate Ship STEM Challenge - Upper Years

$0.99 or Free on Plus | 3 pages (PDF)|Grade: 2 - Upper

A STEM challenge suitable for students in the upper years.

Use this STEM challenge to encourage critical thinking and problem-solving in a design technology context.

Students design and construct a pirate ship that can remain afloat whilst holding as many coins as possible. The boat that can hold the most coins wins! The task enables students to use a variety of materials in order to solve the design challenge.

The teaching resource contains a task card that outlines the challenge and a worksheet for recording and reflecting upon the design process.

Full colour, low colour and black and white versions are available.

  National Curriculum Curriculum alignment

  • Key Stage 2 (KS2) – Upper

    Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Upper covers students in Year 5 and Year 6.

  • Design and technology

    Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, t...

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