All activities meet national education standards for science, technology, mathematics, language arts, and life skills — thinking and reasoning. They also offer an opportunity to learn about careers in engineering, manufacturing, and metallurgy.
You can download a full list of standards met for each of the 8 participating states here:
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Activity One: Steel is Everywhere
This reproducible activity features a word web that students will complete to observe and discover steel in their everyday lives — at home, in the classroom, and in the world around them. Students will discover the versatility of steel and why it can be used in so many disparate applications.
Activity Two: Is It Steel?
For this activity, students are asked to watch a video clip about steel
— how it is made, what makes it so versatile, and why it is such an environmentally friendly material. Then they are challenged to complete the crossword puzzle.
Activity Three: A Steel Team
Students can visit www.strengthofsteelchallenge.com/careers
to learn about different jobs in the steel industry and develop an understanding of the teamwork required for success. The activity sheet provides prompts for students to determine which team members would be required for the success of their project, as well as the responsibilities of each.
Activity Four: Building with Recycled Steel
This culminating activity serves as a brainstorming page for the challenge. Kids are asked to write down thoughts and inventions in each of the three categories. They then review their ideas and note those they think would be the most unique and liked by others. They are also asked to create a list of building materials that includes the highest percentage of steel — and recycled materials — possible.