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STEM in Action™ Sunny Sandpit Exploration Project
STEM in Action™ Sunny Sandpit Exploration Project
STEM in Action™ Sunny Sandpit Exploration Project
STEM in Action™ Sunny Sandpit Exploration Project
STEM in Action™ Sunny Sandpit Exploration Project

STEM in Action™ Sunny Sandpit Exploration Project

Item# LSP 2790-UK
Ages 5 - 7

Heating and Cooling, Material Properties and Structures

In these project-based lessons, Sam loves to play in the sand but the sun makes it too hot and the rain makes it too wet! Students explore the science concepts of sunlight, shadow, and permeability as they help his sister Sophie to solve this problem. Using hands-on investigation, students learn about material properties, shapes, and construction as they engineer a sandpit covering that will block sunlight and water.

Designed for Key Stage 1, Year 1

  • Provides 100 - 150 minutes of STEM instruction over five 20- 30 minute lessons
  • Includes a lesson-by-lesson teacher guide, step-by-step student activities, homework tasks, and assessment tools, as well as the materials needed to undertake each activity
  • Meets a host of National Curriculum for England (2014) attainment targets in Year 1 Science, Design & Technology, and Maths
  • Scottish Curriculum for Excellence references are also available
  • Involves students in the exciting world of practical STEM investigation through visual, hands-on experiments
  • Develops core mathematical skills in counting, reading, writing, and representing number
  • Introduces the use of engineering steps to solve real-world problems
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Award Winner Highly Commended in the ERA Awards 2017- Primary Resource or Equipment (Non ICT) category

Torch requires 4 AA batteries, NOT included.

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    Provides everything needed to start teaching, right out of the box:
  • lesson-by-lesson teacher guide cards
  • step-by-step activity cards
  • photocopiable activity sheets
  • 1 homework activity
  • 1 double-sided poster
  • 200 straws
  • 126 connectors
  • 50 sheets of construction paper
  • 25 sheets of sun-test paper
  • 25 sticker sheets
  • 6 materials kits
  • 6 plastic trays
  • 6 clear plastic sheets
  • 6 eyedroppers
  • 24 yellow plastic shapes
  • 24 foil shapes
  • 1 roll of masking tape
  • 1 torch
  • 1 handy Gratnells storage tray
  • Includes accompanying online resources, such as a helpful how-to video, STEM prompts, and a teamwork principles worksheet >

    Gratnells Jumbo tray measures 30cm H
  • Designed for use in the Year 1 classroom
  • Ideal for classes of up to 24 students; can be supplemented to extend the teaching to classes of 30
  • Group activities are designed for small groups of 4-6 students
  • Perfect for STEM clubs, science clubs, and interactive after-school clubs
  • Hands-on learning, group collaboration, and short instruction blocks make the kit ideal for intervention and SEN with higher year groups


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