STEAM Challenge: Can you design a Valentine’s Day mail holder that is “Not a Box”?
Objective: Inspired by the picture book, Not a Box, design a Valentine box that is disguised as something else.
- Recycled Materials
- Variety of Craft Materials
- Valentine’s Stickers
Challenge Requirements: The finished design must include at least one box and be able to hold a variety of valentine cards. You may wish to add a size limit. Our rule was you must be able to carry your Valentine box yourself.
Read the story, Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Introduce the challenge to students, design a Valentine’s Day box that is “Not a Box” and can hold a variety of Valentine cards.
Use the engineer design process to help guide and create your unique solution to the challenge.
Ask: What is the problem?
How can you design a box to hold valentines and “not be a box”?
Imagine: What are the possible solutions?
Brainstorm all possible ideas.
Plan: What your design look like?
Plan how to build your box. What will it look like? What materials will you need?
Create: Build your design.
Experiment: Test your design. Does it hold a variety of valentine cards? Does it look like something other than a box?
Improve: How can you improve your design. Make adjustments as needed.
Share: Present and share your solution to the “Not a Box” Valentine challenge