STEM Challenge: Longest Paper Chain

Our class really enjoyed our STEM challenge today.  Everyone did such a great job listening to and communicating with their partners in order to work as a team!  Each pair of students were given only ONE piece of construction paper, a glue stick, and two pairs of scissors.  They were asked to work together to create the longest paper chain in just 30 minutes.  Afterwards we discussed our strategies and lined them up to see which chains were the longest.  Some groups decided to cut thinner links or longer pieces of paper. In some groups each member had a job (cutting or gluing) and in other groups they worked on both things at the same time.  One group tried cutting short chains at first, but then realized this wasn’t helping them create long chains very quickly, so they revised their strategy.  The red and green chains were quite close so they tied for the longest chain.