STEM Project 1: Build a shelter so you can stay dry. The shelter must also withstand a windstorm (hairdryer or small fan.)
STEM Project 2: Our shelter is weatherproof and strong. Now we need something to eat. While exploring the island, we found a huge grove of fruit trees. The problem, there's a river between us and the fruit trees. Bigger problem: there are huge monsters living in the river. We must build a bridge to get across the river safely. Bridge must be at least 7 inches long.
STEM Project 3: We made it across the river and collected a lot of fruit, but now we need to keep it dry and away from the animals living on this island. Students must build a food storage container. It must float (in case it gets washed into the river) and it must keep the food dry.
STEM Project 4: Build a catapult. We are certain there are dinosaurs roaming the island. Now we must build a catapult to defend ourselves.
STEM Project 5: We decided to make a break for it. Anything is better than living on this crazy island full of dinosaurs. Students must build a raft to escape.
STEM Project 6: Our raft worked, but we will never survive the ocean on a raft without anything else. What were we thinking?! We must add a shelter to keep the sun off of us. We also need to add our food storage container and fresh water.
Success! We made it to civilization and escaped from this crazy island of dinosaurs! I hope you will try some of these STEM projects into your dinosaur unit. I have this entire unit for sale in my TpT store if you want all of the directions in one place and it also includes all of the QR codes to make research a breeze.