FREE SCIENCE LESSON – “Engineering STEM Challenge – Fish Art Display! – (Forces – Magnetism)”

by One Stop STEM Shop – NGSS Science STEM Resources
3rd – 5th Grade

Here is an engineering design challenge that demonstrates how to design a solution to a problem that uses the balanced forces of gravity and magnetism! Great for just an isolated engineering challenge or to integrate your science focus on forces- magnetism/gravity and engineering!

The “Design and Build a Fish Art Gallery” lesson encourages students to work in pairs to design, build, and test a solution to an artist’s dilemma of displaying his fish art in a way that the Art Gallery guests can view the fish from all sides (360 degrees).

He has hired the Matisse Engineers, Inc. to come up with a solution to this problem.

Unfortunately there are some constraints.

His Fish Masterpieces must be up and on display in 30 minutes, and he only found a few items around the art gallery that may helpful in achieving this magical display.

What’s Included in this challenge:

  • Lesson Plan with NGSS Standards, Objectives, Learner Outcomes, Differentiation, —Potential Scaffolding and Assessment
  • Problem & Task Announcement printout for students
  • Diagram Templates
  • Step-by-Step Description of Fish Art Display Worksheet
  • Design Reflection Worksheet
  • Magnetic or Not Magnetic T-chart
  • Paper Fish Templates
  • Engineering Design Process Rubric


Here’s a FREE Engineering Design Process Posters – Elementary Version w/ Student Print-outs

Check out our shop’s STEM Notebooks to keep your students’ STEM Curriculum Organized!

Integrate Math by adding a budget to this project using our Elementary Engineering Project Material Cost Analysis

Here’s some other engineering challenges! We’ve got a TON more STEM resources in our store!

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