Get to know your STEM kit
From ramps and balls to a rubber mallet, a sink strainer, and a DC motor, brainstorm the engineering possibilities for each item.
As one of 100 schools selected to receive a Garver STEM kit donation, you are now a part of Garver’s first 100 years of positive momentum—a link in a chain reaction. We hope this hand-on experience sparks an interest in you to explore engineering-related activities and learn about this exciting career that blends science, creativity, and problem solving.
With your STEM kit, you can create a machine that accomplishes a menial task in a complicated way. We also encourage you to use additional items beyond those provided in the Garver Chain Reaction STEM kit.
Need ideas? Check out videos from the #GarverChainReaction Challenge winners.
Row – dominoes balanced on their ends in a line
Curve – a smoothly flowing line with no sharp edges
Corner – the shape formed by a 90-degree angle
Topple – a chain reaction fall initiated by only touching the first object
Force – the strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement
Speed – how fast or slow an object is moving
Mass – the amount of matter or substance that makes up an object
Gravity – a force which tries to pull two objects toward each other
Lever – a rigid bar resting on a pivot, a simple machine used to help move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other
Fulcrum – the point on which a lever rests or is supported and on which it pivots
Catapult – a machine worked by a lever for hurling large objects