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Discover Engineering

$ 379.00

Description

Engineering is a dynamic and innovative field constantly seeking the brightest minds of the future, and the Discover Engineering Kit developed by PCS Edventures is designed to cultivate the young engineers of tomorrow. In order to prepare students for rapidly evolving technology, this kit combines the latest methods proven by research to get students excited about learning. While introducing the basic concepts of engineering, activities in the Discover Engineering Kit foster confidence, critical thinking and other important 21st century skills.

In addition to using hands-on building manipulatives, Discover Engineering utilizes cutting-edge technology to engage students with a variety of learning styles. The 3D Interactive Build Curriculum (3DIC) allows users to move through build plans step-by-step at their own speed, and has the ability to highlight individual pieces for clarity. Compatible with any desktop computer or mobile device including tablets, the 3DIC transforms the way engineering can be taught with technology.

Projects in the Discover Engineering Kit are diverse in content covering topics such as gear trains, power ratios and complex machines. It is designed to be fun and engaging for students while they construct models such as trebuchets, cart launchers, transmission models and more!  Each Discover Engineering kit, suitable for 1-4 students, is designed to meet the specific intellectual needs of students in grades 4-8 and be versatile for different educational environments and easy to utilize for educators.

PCS understands that a product is only as valuable as its curriculum. That is why each Discover Engineering kit comes with an exciting, advanced curriculum that is available both in print and digitally in a PDF format.   

Grades: 4-8
Students: Up to 6 per kit
Contact Hours: 25+

The 3DIC

In addition to print and PDF formats, the newest curriculum is the 3DIC or 3D Interactive Curriculum. This innovative new program supplements the Discover Engineering kit and allows users to view project builds in an interactive 3D format. With various playback speeds, the ability to highlight individual pieces of each build, and step-by-step instruction, students can work at their own pace with clear instruction. Usable on any desktop computer or mobile device including tablets, 3DIC is excellent for a beginning engineering education.

What's Included

Materials

    • 642 fishertechnik™ Building Elements
    • Compartmentalized Storage Bin with Lid
    • Instructor Guide
    • Student Guide
    • fishertechnik™ Building Skills Cards
Learning Objectives

Engineering Learning Modules

  • Pulleys
  • Levers
  • Wheel & Axle
  • Power Transfer
  • Flexible Power Systems
  • Gear Trains
  • Worm Gears
  • Complex Machines
  • Speed Ratios
  • Power Ratios
  • Drive Train
  • Power Transfer
Standards & Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards
  • MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

  • MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

  • MS-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

 
International Society for Technology in Education
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Communication and Collaboration with a Digital Portfolio
  • Research and Information Fluency
Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and Math
  • ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical task

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g. by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2.

 

Club Pack

The Discover Engineering Club Pack comes with five (5) individual kits, each of which is suitable for 1-4 students. To get most for your money, and your learning environment, choose the Club Pack! This bundle is perfect for small classrooms with up to 20 students, after-school programs, homeschool groups and more. Get your students engineering today!

Classroom Set

The Discover Engineering Classroom Pack includes eight (8) individual kits, which are stored in a high-quality hardwood furniture unit with rolling casters. These furniture units are made specially to house these kits and are both beautiful and strong, designed for many years of use. Each kit, is meant to be used with 1-4 students, so the Classroom Pack can be utilized with groups of 16-64 students!

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3DIC - Discover Engineering Software

$ 9.95

 Full Description

Compatible with Mac and PC operating systems, 3DIC™ can be uploaded onto any mobile device or desktop. Each Discover Engineering Kit comes with 2 licenses (or downloads) of the 3DIC™, meaning you have the ability to download 3DIC™ onto two separate devices. You can also purchase additional individual licenses to download 3DIC™ onto more devices.

To purchase additional downloads, enter the quantity desired below. Once you have been directed through the payment process, a download page will be available where you may select which operating system and version you would like to download to your device.

All downloads will be managed through the account you have setup with a username and password. This gives you the flexibility to purchase licenses and then return to the site later to download them via your account.

Grades: 4-8
Students: Unlimited
Contact Hours: 12+

 

 

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Academy of Engineering Books

$ 129.00

Book 1: Simple Machines Series

This original, awesome curriculum includes 8 full units of Simple Machines. Each unit is comprised of 5 projects that naturally take a student from beginning exploration to mastery as they first do step by step builds, graduate to open ended challenges and conclude with a culminating personal project that demonstrates mastery.

Grades 5-12

Lessons:

Unit Subject Project 1 Project 2 Challenge 1 Challenge 2
1 Levers Block Flipper Find The Fulcrum Super Block Flipper Wheelbarrow
2 Inclined Planes Rise Over Run Ramp & Work Handicapped Access Marble Jump
3 Wheel & Axle Doorknob Cart & Launcher Tire Design Bigger, Better, Faster
4 Pulleys Pulley Frame Crane Weightlifting Extending Ladder
5 Worm Gear & Wedge Snow Plow Worm Gear Spaghetti Chopper Build A Wench
6 Compound Machines Double Lever Stamper Workshop Vice Buid An Ink Stamper Vice Printing Press
7 Work Formula Work Experiment Build & Calibrate Fish Scale Work & Inclined Planes Use Work Formula
8 Trebuchet Fixed Counterwight Swinging Counterweight Great Cup Fling Compound Machine Trebuchet

Book 2: Power Transfer Series

This comprehensive treatment for fischertechnik users addresses multiple methods of mechanical power transfer. Each unit is comprised of 5 projects that naturally take a student from beginning exploration to mastery as they first do step by step builds, graduate to open ended challenges and conclude with a culminating personal project that demonstrates mastery.

Lessons:

Unit Subject Project 1 Project 2 Challenge 1 Challenge 2
1 Belt Drive Build A Belt Drive Stress-O-Matic Dual Belt Drive Conveyor Belt
2 Chain Drive Build A Chain Drive Chain-Driven Trolley Conveyor II Chain Drive Buggy
3 Idler Gears Not So Idle Idler Gears Vertical Idler Egg Beater World's Longest Idler Gear
4 Universal Joints Amazing Universal Joint Up & Over Universal Drive Shaft Oscillating Fan
5 90 Degree Turns Crowning The Corner Bevel To Bevel Tight Turns In A Helicopter Racing 90 Degreen Turns
6 Flexible Systems Flexible Power Transmission Long Distance Power Transfer Pinball Flipper Flexible Excavator
7 Offsets & Rotating Levers Offset Lever Intermittent Power Crankset Hole Puncher
8 Combined Power Train Combined Drive Flashy Chassis Power Transfer Vehicle Ultimate Power Train

Book 3: Gear Train Series

This volume is another comprehensive treatment for fischertechnik users addressing all important aspects of gear train construction including the math applications. Each unit is comprised of 5 projects that naturally take a student from beginning exploration to mastery as they first do step by step builds, graduate to open ended challenges and conclude with a culminating personal project that demonstrates mastery.

Lessons:

Unit Subject Project 1 Project 2 Challenge 1 Challenge 2
1 Gear Reduction Gearing Down Itty Bitty Winch Paper Crinkler More Power
2 Power Ratios Souped-Up Cruiser Amazing Rolling Windmill Drag Racers Who's The Strongest
3 Speed Ratios A Few Quick Turns Blown Away By Speed Ratios Buzz Saw Goal Kicker
4 Worm Gear Reduction A Clever Hoist A Helping Hand Wheelin' With The Worm Worm Driven Gate
5 Reduction with Belts & Chains The Claw: Belt Version The Claw: Chain Version Crossing Guard: Belt Version Crossing Guard: Chain Version
6 Gear Transmission Forward & Reverse Three-Speed Transmission Worm Gear Transmission Four-Speed Transmission Or Six?
7 Torque & Horsepower Torque Horsepower More Motors, More Torque More Power To You
8 Drive Trains Tractor Sled The Tractor Test Your Tractor Pull That Bottle
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Girls Can Build

$ 129.00

Description

Historically, girls have strayed from many of the STEM fields of study and career options. Now, is the time for change! With STEM fields growing faster than any other industry, the gap can be filled with creative and passionate girls. Getting girls excited about these topics at a young age is the answer, and Girls Can Build is the key to change. By using easy-to-use building materials in addition to collaborative activities, Girls Can Build encourages girls to explore, experiment, communicate and problem-solve together.

The Girls Can Build product line comes with 6 one hour segments designed for the primary level grades K-2, as well as 6 one hour segments designed for the secondary level grades 3-5. Each activity of the series uses interest-based learning to develop an understanding of the wide variety of STEM topics. Girls explore urban planning, structural design, physics, math, and storytelling which enables them to gain critical thinking and logical reasoning skills. Envision the possibilities for change with Girls Can Build.

What's Included
  • K-2 Instructor and Student Materials - 6 activities designed to fill one hour segments
  • 3-5 Instructor and Student Materials- 6 activities designed to fill one hour segments
  • Nearly 10,000 durable and brightly colored building pieces for engineering activities
  • Brightly colored and long-lasting Gratnell storage containers for easy clean up and storage
  • Set of Charade Cards that girls will love - See a Sample!
  • Stimulating art supplies
  • Useful Instructor background information
  • Tips for collaboration and discussion
  • Lesson extensions provide diversification of activities as necessary
Grades: K-5
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 13+
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Simple Machines Camp

$ 129.00

Description

Let imaginations run wild as students discover the exciting applications of mechanical engineering! Starting with step-by-step builds to introduce each of the simple machines, they’ll eventually advance their way to constructing creations of their own. Investigate levers, pulleys and inclined planes, and enhance critical thinking skills while building upon existing knowledge every day of camp.

Construct, discuss and learn the importance of engineering and how it influences today’s society. From cars to cranes, be amazed at the structures designed and created during Simple Machines Camp!

Digital Download for Simple Machines Camp only $129.00!

Grades: 4-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+

Curriculum Sample

Includes

  • Curriculum for 12 activities. Each activity can accommodate a 1 hour segment, or can be adjusted for different time blocks
  • Scientific tools for measurement, data collection, demonstration, and experimentation
  • Advanced fishertechnik building manipulatives for engineering challenges
  • Design booklets and step-by-step building instructions
  • Storage containers
  • Instructor guide
  • Camp background information
  • Collaboration and discussion tips
  • Lesson extensions for differentiation
  • Activity/assessment materials

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments

Training:

  • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase
Materials Included
  • Universal II fischertechnik kits - 15
  • Gratnell tubs with lids and inserts for organizing parts -15
  • Simple Machines Camp Instructor Manual - 1
  • Full set of printed student guides - 15

Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

Curriculum Topics

Lesson Titles:

  1. Building Skills
  2. 1st Class Levers
  3. 2nd Class Levers
  4. 3rd Class Levers
  5. Wheel and Axle
  6. Fixed Pulleys
  7. Moveable Pulleys
  8. Inclined Planes
  9. Wedge
  10. Worm Gear
  11. Complex Machines
  12. Design the Ultimate Machine

Each Activity Guide Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
  • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
  • Topic Background & Vocabulary
  • Materials List
Standards & Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

NGSS 3-5 ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS 3-5 ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Habits of Mind
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Persisting
  • Striving for Accuracy
21st Century Skills
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
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Structural Design Camp

$ 129.00

Description

Students channel their inner architects as they learn about how to design structures, consider stresses, and integrate mechanical actions into structural projects. The impacts of external forces on structures will be explored through building with advanced hands-on manipulatives and testing their durability.

More complex builds will require critical thinking skills to create structures with increased stability and function. The activities in this camp develop an understanding of real-world applications of architecture and engineering by examining some of the most notable buildings in the world and modeling their design structures!

Digital Download for Structural Design Camp only $129.00!

Grades: 6-8
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+

Curriculum Sample

Includes:

  • Curriculum for 12 activities. Each activity can accommodate a 1 hour segment, or can be adjusted for different time blocks.
  • More than 4,800 advanced fischertechnik manipulatives for engineering and building activities
  • Colored Storage Gratnell that will last for years!
  • Get organized with tray inserts for separating manipulatives
  • Instructor guide
  • Camp background information
  • Collaboration and discussion tips
  • Lesson extensions for differentiation
  • Activity and assessment materials

Recommended Settings: 

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments

Training: 

  • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase
Materials Included
  • U2 Fischertechnik Kits (400+ parts each) - 12
  • Gratnell organizational trays - 8
  • Divider insert for gratnell trays - 15
  • Gratnell tray lids - 8
  • Understanding Structures Camp Instructor Guide - 1
  • Understanding Structures Camp Student Guide - 12

Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

Curriculum Topics

Lesson Titles:

  1. Introduction
  2. Post and Lintel
  3. Wind and Earthquake Vibration Design
  4. Tower Design - Modular Tower
  5. Antenna Tower
  6. Tall Tower Wind Design
  7. Tall Earthquake Design
  8. Elevator
  9. Crane
  10. Anti-Gravity Challenge
  11. Body Builder Challenge
  12. Crane Challenge
  13. Elevator Challenge

Each Activity Guide Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
  • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
  • Topic Background & Vocabulary
  • Materials List
Standards & Alignment

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

International Society for Technology in Education

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Communication and Collaboration with a Digital Portfolio
  • Research and Information Fluency

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math

ELA‐LITERACY.RST.6‐8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or per‐forming a technical task.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2.

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EiQ Building Kit

$ 129.00

Description

PCS Edventures is passionate about inspiring an interest in engineering concepts in children. This PCS fischertechnik kit has more than 400 fischertechnik manipulatives and an instruction manual that guides children through the construction of 48 exciting builds! The options for customization are countless! This hands-on experience is a perfect introduction to science concepts such as mechanical engineering, structural engineering, physics, gear ratios, and much more!

Grades 4+

What's Included

The EiQ set comes complete with more than 400 manipulatives, an instruction manual with 48 builds, a high-grade storage bin, and a sorting tray. This kit is perfect for any after-school or home setting as a supplement to STEM or engineering education. With exciting builds and advanced manipulatives, students create, engineer, and explore STEM topics on their own, further developing an interest in important STEM skills.

The hands-on experience with engineering concepts will get students interested in learning and is a perfect introduction to science concepts such as structural engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, gear ratios and much more. Construction opportunities include a model helicopter, a carousel ride, a sewing machine, a race car, and other exciting builds!

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Discover STEM LAB-Dynamic Duo

$ 3,149.00

Description

Description

Double the STEM, double the fun! The Discover STEM Lab is the equivalent of two STEM Labs from PCS. This Lab is designed to ignite student’s curiosity and foster education. The Discover STEM Lab includes enlightening hands-on projects in a perfect blend of education and fun. Using this lab students work with manipulatives from LEGO, K’NEX, fischertechnik and more to perform science projects, build machines, experiment with geometry, and imagine their own creations. This Lab is the perfect STEM solution for classroom,  after-school programs or summer camps.

Grades: 3-4, 5-6
Students: Up to 24 per STEM LAB
Contact Hours: 100+ per STEM LAB

Each D-STEM Dynamic Duo comes with:

1 Discover STEM Lab Grade 3-4 edition

1 Discover STEM Lab Grade 5-6 edition   

Discover STEM Grade 3-4

Each Discover STEM Lab comes with 1 of each of the following kits in a convenient Gratstack rolling storage unit.

Science Module: BrickLAB STEM Foundations Physics

Force and motion are studied giving students the opportunity to experiment with the different types. Newton’s laws of motion, the work formula and the effects of friction are also covered with engaging, experiential activities that would make anyone want to become a physicist! Students are also challenged to examine and relate scientific topics to the world around them using scientific vocabulary, specific to the physical sciences. Get moving and shaking with this exciting unit!        Science Curriculum Sample

 

Science Modules:  

  • Center of Gravity                                      
  • Scatter Patterns
  • Visible Light Spectrum
  • Cloud Classification
  • Light & Shadow
  • Paper Airplane Variables
  • Pendulum & Periods
  • Inertia Balance
  • Friction Sled
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Third

                                     

 

 Technology Module: PCS Digital Video Lab

Students star in their own multimedia production using the PCS Digital Video Lab. Enhance your existing curriculum with digital documentaries, historical recreation, original films, and more. Students are challenged to create 12 video projects that reinforce and enhance their regular classroom learning as well inspire them to express their creativity and imagination. Includes a high quality camcorder, tripod, and accessories.Simple startup and step-by-step activities make it easy to set up in your classroom, student club, or after-school program.     Technology Curriculum Sample

 

Technology Modules:                             

  • Interview
  • Interview the Past
  • Time to Mine
  • You're the Reporter
  • Day in the Life
  • Cause & Effect
  • Hidden Life
  • Quiz Show
  • Talent Show
  • Invented
  • Which One Do I Buy
  • Night On Broadway

Engineering Module: LEGO Engineering Kit

This module utilizes a versatile LEGO® engineering kit plus curriculum which walks students through 12 different builds in order to introduce basic engineering concepts. This set features 817 elements that enable you to build with even more pieces than ever before. Includes plenty of special elements such as belts, unique connectors, a worm gear, and structural elements, as well as other LEGO® elements such as beams, axles, and connectors.       Engineering Sample Curriculum

 

Engineering Modules:                                        

  • Rotary to Linear
  • Super Poker
  • Super Slow Down
  • Crane
  • Wind Machine
  • Swimmer
  • Snow Plow
  • Differential Warrior
  • Helicopter
  • Grabber
  • Hill Climbing
  • Buggy
  • Pulley Mule

Math Module:  K'nex Intermediate Math & Geometry

The K'NEX® Education Intermediate Math & Geometry set is designed to address critical mathematics concepts in the upper elementary school classroom and provide instructional models that will enhance students' understanding of important concepts and algorithms. Students work cooperatively and are encouraged to interact with each other as they build, investigate, discuss and evaluate mathematical concepts, ideas and models. Research has shown that the use of manipulatives to develop mathematics concepts has many benefits. It allows students to improve their conceptual understanding, achievement and problem solving skills; it encourages student reflections on retaining the information; it promotes a positive attitude toward mathematics; and it develops more self-confidence in students. K'NEX® is a powerful manipulative for students to use in developing and maintaining mathematics concepts.

Math Sample Curriculum

 

Math Modules:

  • Triangles & Trusses
  • Circles
  • Area-Triangles
  • Parallegograms/Trapeziods
  • Perimeter
  • Coordinates-Build a Grid
  • Angles, Rays, Points, Lines, Planes                 
  • Triangles & Sequences
  • Polygons
  • Prisms
  • Volume  of a Prism
  • Triangles/Congruent

 

Spec Sheet: Discover STEM 3-4 

Discover STEM Grade 5-6 

For the ultimate enrichment tool for grades 5-6, the Discover STEM Lab can be easily integrated into after-school programs, classrooms and any other learning environment. This curriculum was designed to be specifically useful for late elementary students as they begin to transition to more difficult subjects in middle school. Each module encourages independent student exploration while being educational and entertaining to get students excited about learning!

Science Module: The Discover Robotics & Physics 

The study of energy and motion instantly becomes a favorite of students with this project-based learning series! By incorporating robotics with the expansive subject area of physics, The Discover Robotics & Physics kit uses experiential projects to instill real-life knowledge. The kit has been expertly structured to support essential problem-solving and collaborative skills while students seek solutions to challenges. Students move through the curriculum series by employing the iterative design process to formulate and develop a deep understanding of the subject area.      Science Curriculum Sample

 

Science Modules:

Level 1

  • Air pressure
  • Force
  • Energy Transfer
  • The Brain and Cortex-simple motor commands

Level II

  • Gravity
  • Potential Energy
  • Electricity
  • Advanced Motor Commands

Level III

  • Impulse
  • Velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Collisions and elasticity and programming sensors

Level IV

  • Torque
  • Degrees of freedom
  • Angular acceleration
  • Design optimization 

 

Technology Module: The Discover Robotics & Programming 

The PCS Edventures Discover Robotics & Programming Kit is a one-of-a-kind collection combining both exceptional curriculum and high-quality mechanical building pieces. The robotics curriculum is a platform that teaches basic programming logic in the context of mechanical output, which allows students to gain integral 21st century skills like creative problem-solving as well as thinking logically and critically. This cross-curricular technique also aligns with various national and international teaching standards including the following: Common Core, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).                Technology Curriculum Sample

 

Technology Modules:

Level I

  • RiQ, fischertechnik
  • The Brain, Cortex
  • Motor Commands

Level II

  • Reverse, Setpwr
  • On/Onfor, Num
  • ThisWay/ThatWay

Level III

  • REPEAT/WAIT
  • BEEP/SPACE,
  • LOOP/BREAK
  • TUNE

Level IV

  • PROCEDURES/CALL
  • IF/IF ELSE
  • LED's, LIGHT ON/LIGHT OFF             

Engineering Module: The Discover Engineering 

Engineering is a dynamic and innovative field constantly seeking the brightest minds of the future, and the Discover Engineering Kit developed by PCS Edventures is designed to cultivate the young engineers of tomorrow. In order to prepare students for rapidly evolving technology, this kit combines the latest methods proven by research to get students excited about learning. While introducing the basic concepts of engineering, activities in the Discover Engineering Kit foster confidence, critical thinking and other important 21st century skills.                Engineering Module Curriculum Sample

 

Engineering Modules:

  • Pulleys-Crane
  • Levers-Trebuchet
  • Worm Gears
  • Complex Machines-Workshop Vice
  • Wheels-Cart Launcher
  • Gear Trains Souped-Up Cruise
  • Flexible Power Systems- Plane
  • Speed Ratios High Speed Fan
  • Power Ratios Power-Winch
  • Power Transfer-Universal Joint
  • Drivetrain-Mixer
  • Power Transfer-Three Gear Transmission

Math Module: The K'NEX® Middle School Math & Geometry 

The K'NEX® Middle School Math & Geometry set is designed to address critical mathematics concepts in the middle school classroom and to provide instructional models that will enhance students' understanding of important concepts and algorithms. With direction provided by the teacher's guide and the materials provided in this set you will be able to offer students a program of study that uses hands-on exploration in conjunction with an inquiry-based approach to learning. The guide also includes additional information that teachers will find to be invaluable as they seek to motivate students to explore, experience and learn mathematics.

 

Math Modules:

  • Similar Shapes
  • Nesting Squares
  • Polyhedra and Euler's Formula
  • Dilations of 3D Shapes
  • Pascal's Triangle 
  • Rectangles and Factors 
  • Fibonacci Numbers 
  • Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
  • Multiplication and Division of Fractions
  • Properties of Numbers
  • Addition of Polynomials
  • Geometric Patterns
  • Linear Patterns 
  • Fractal Trees 
  • Fractal Trees: Exponential
  • Sierpinski's Triangle

 

Spec Sheet: Discover STEM 5-6

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Discover STEM LAB Grades 3-4

$ 1,649.00

Description

 Discover STEM LAB Grades 3-4

STEM is all about cross curricular exploration and integration and in the DSTEM series we wanted to show students how all of these fabulous STEM concepts AND manipulatives connect together in strange and wonderful ways. Each of the DSTEM modules has been carefully selected for their rich ability to introduce topics PLUS their capacity to integrate with the other modules. You can use each module on its own, then show students how they can blend together. Connect  Bricks to the Cubelets and then use the video module to film a BrickBot robot hero saving the day! Just imagine the possibilities!

Each edition comes with one (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math component.


Grades: 3-4
Students: Up to 24
  • BrickLAB STEM Foundations:1-3 students
  • Digital Video Lab: 1-3 students
  • Cubelets: 1-6 students
  • K’NEX Math: 1-12 students

Contact Hours: 100+
  • BrickLAB STEM Foundations: 12+ hours
  • Digital Video Lab: 52 + hours
  • Cubelets: 12 + hours
  • K’NEX Math: 24 + hours

 

Materials Included

Science Module:

  • 650+ building bricks from PCS BrickLAB
  • Mesh bag for cleaning bricks
  • 2 sets of 12 projects with individually printed building instructions
  • 2 user guides
  • Gratnell tub for storage

Technology Module:

  • Acer Iconia Tablet B1-810-12FY
  • Tablet Stand
  • 2 sets of 12 projects with individually printed instructions
  • 2 user guides
  • Compartmentalized Gratnell tub for storage

Engineering Module:

  • Cubelets Mod Robotics - 12 Pack
  • Additional Battery
  • 4 extra Brick Adapters
  • Additional Knob Cube
  • 2 sets of 12 projects with instructions
  • User guides
  • Compartmentalized Gratnell tub for storage

Math Module:

  • K’NEX Intermediate Math and Geometry Kit (900+ K’NEX parts and K’NEX Education Teacher Guide with additional curriculum resources)
  • 2 sets of 12 projects with individually printed building instructions
  • 2 user guides
  • Compartmentalized Gratnell tub for storage
Curriculum Topics

Each Discover STEM Lab comes with 1 of each of the following kits in a convenient Gratstack rolling storage unit.

Science Module: BrickLAB STEM Foundations Physics

Force and motion are studied giving students the opportunity to experiment with the different types. Newton’s laws of motion, the work formula and the effects of friction are also covered with engaging, experiential activities that would make anyone want to become a physicist! Students are also challenged to examine and relate scientific topics to the world around them using scientific vocabulary, specific to the physical sciences. Get moving and shaking with this exciting unit!        Science Curriculum Sample

 

Science Modules:  

  • Center of Gravity                                      
  • Scatter Patterns
  • Visible Light Spectrum
  • Cloud Classification
  • Light & Shadow
  • Paper Airplane Variables
  • Pendulum & Periods
  • Inertia Balance
  • Friction Sled
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Third

                                     

 

 Technology Module: PCS Digital Video Lab

Students star in their own multimedia production using the PCS Digital Video Lab. Enhance your existing curriculum with digital documentaries, historical recreation, original films, and more. Students are challenged to create 12 video projects that reinforce and enhance their regular classroom learning as well inspire them to express their creativity and imagination. Includes a high quality camcorder, tripod, and accessories.Simple startup and step-by-step activities make it easy to set up in your classroom, student club, or after-school program.     Technology Curriculum Sample

  

Technology Modules:                             

  • Interview
  • Interview the Past
  • Time to Mine
  • You're the Reporter
  • Day in the Life
  • Cause & Effect
  • Hidden Life
  • Quiz Show
  • Talent Show
  • Invented
  • Which One Do I Buy
  • Night On Broadway

Engineering Module: Cubelets- Modular Robotics

The Cubelets TWELVE is the best way to introduce children of all ages to robotics, coding, and design thinking. Cubelets are an expandable system of robot blocks, and the TWELVE the best mix of SENSE, THINK and ACT blocks for novice and experienced builders. Reprogram or control your robots when paired with the included Bluetooth® Cubelet. Use the included Brick Adapters to connect Cubelets with PCS BrickLAB Bricks. Cubelets TWELVE includes 12 robot blocks and two Brick Adapters. Cubelets are perfect for builders young and old and are designed for curious creators ages 4+.

 

Engineering Modules:                                        


  • 12 Modules:


    • Spotlight
    • Fraidy Bot
    • Watch Tower
    • Cave Dweller
    • Helicopter
    • Conveyor Belt
    • Train
    • Aggressive Bot
    • Flashlight
    • Guard Bot
    • Remote Control Car
    • Lighthouse

    Math Module:  K'nex Intermediate Math & Geometry

    The K'NEX® Education Intermediate Math & Geometry set is designed to address critical mathematics concepts in the upper elementary school classroom and provide instructional models that will enhance students' understanding of important concepts and algorithms. Students work cooperatively and are encouraged to interact with each other as they build, investigate, discuss and evaluate mathematical concepts, ideas and models. Research has shown that the use of manipulatives to develop mathematics concepts has many benefits. It allows students to improve their conceptual understanding, achievement and problem solving skills; it encourages student reflections on retaining the information; it promotes a positive attitude toward mathematics; and it develops more self-confidence in students. K'NEX® is a powerful manipulative for students to use in developing and maintaining mathematics concepts.

    Math Sample Curriculum

     

    Math Modules:

    • Triangles & Trusses
    • Circles
    • Area-Triangles
    • Parallegograms/Trapeziods
    • Perimeter
    • Coordinates-Build a Grid
    • Angles, Rays, Points, Lines, Planes                 
    • Triangles & Sequences
    • Polygons
    • Prisms
    • Volume  of a Prism
    • Triangles/Congruent
     Standards & Alignment

    Next Gen Science Standards:

    3-PS2-1: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
    4-PS3-1: Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
    4-PS3-4: Apply scientific principles to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.
    3-5-ETS1-2: Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    3-5-ETS1-3: Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

    Standard: Each module includes 3 multiple choice and 3 open-ended questions.

     

    International Society for Technology in Education Standards:

    - Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
    - Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
    - Communication and Collaboration with a Digital Portfolio: Students can use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
    - Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools and gather, evaluate, and use information.

    Standard: Each module includes 3 multiple choice and 4 open-ended questions.

     

    International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Standards for Technological Literacy (STL):

    1. Develop an understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology.
    2. Develop an understanding of the core concepts of technology
    3. Develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connections between technology and other fields of study.
    4. Develop an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and political effects of technology.Develop an understanding of the effects of technology on the environment.
    5. Develop an understanding of the role of society in the development and use of technology.
    6. Develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history.
    7. Develop an understanding of the attributes of design.
    8. Develop an understanding of engineering design.
    9. Develop an understanding of the role of troubleshooting, research, and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.
    10. Develop the abilities to use and maintain technological products and systems.
    11. Develop the abilities to assess the impacts of products and systems.
    12. Develop an understanding of and be able to select and use agricultural and related biotechnologies.
    13. Develop an understanding of and be able to select and use energy and power technologies.
    14. Develop an understanding of and be able to select and use construction technologies.

    Standard: Each module includes 3 multiple choice and 3 open-ended questions.

    Common Core Math:

    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.G.A.1
    Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.C.5
    Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.C.7.B
    Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole-number side lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8
    Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.2: Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.3
    Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.5 Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.5.A An angle is measured with reference to a circle with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between thCommon Core Math:
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.G.A.1
    Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.C.5
    Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.C.7.B
    Multiply side lengths to find areas of rectangles with whole-number side lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems, and represent whole-number products as rectangular areas in mathematical reasoning.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8
    Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.2: Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.3
    Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.5 Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.5.A An angle is measured with reference to a circle with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between the points where the two rays intersect the circle. An angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a "one-degree angle," and can be used to measure angles.
    CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.C.6 Measure angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure.e points where the two rays intersect the circle. An angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a "one-degree angle," and can be used to

    Standard: Each module includes several multiple choice questions or design challenges.

    Spec Sheet

    Eiffel Tower Kit Quick shop
    Eiffel Tower Kit
    Eiffel Tower Kit
    Eiffel Tower Kit
    Engino

    Eiffel Tower Kit

    $ 199.95

    Description

    The Eiffel Tower is a metal structure built in 1889 in Paris, France. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel who also designed the armature of the Statue of Liberty in New York. The tower stands 324 meters tall and was for 41 years the tallest building of the world until surpassed by the Chrysler building. The engino model, stands at 1.5 meters tall and it is based on the same structural principles that keep the amazing metal structure standing for more than a century.

    Ages 9+

    Features:

  • Over 59" Tall
  • 1354 parts
  • 4590 Connecting Points
  • Ferris Wheel Kit Quick shop
    Ferris Wheel Kit
    Ferris Wheel Kit
    Ferris Wheel Kit
    Engino

    Ferris Wheel Kit

    $ 169.95

    Description

    Pleasure wheels whose passengers ride in chairs turned by strong men seem to have been around already from the 17th century! The original Ferris wheel was designed and constructed in 1893 by G.W. Gale Ferris, Jr. in Chicago, and since then all such structures carry his name. The original Ferris wheel was 80.4 meters tall and the tallest one today is the Singapore flyer which reaches 165 meters. The Engino motorized wheel is 60 cm tall and has many similarities with original Ferris wheels.

    Ages 9+

    Features:

  • 23" Tall
  • 890 Parts
  • 3150 Connecting Points
  • K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set Quick shop
    K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set
    K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set
    K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set
    K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set
    K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set
    K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set
    K'Nex

    K'NEX Amusement Park Experience Set

    $ 280.00

    Description

    The K'NEX® Education Amusement Park Experience Set provides an opportunity to combine real-world applications with STEM concepts in a middle school classroom environment. Using these materials, students will be engaged and energized as they experience the interrelationships and further their knowledge and understanding of the science, technology, engineering and math concepts associated with such rides and structures.

    The Teacher's Guide offers a teaching approach that challenges students to take an active role in constructing their own knowledge by engaging in hands-on, inquiry-based learning, and by interacting and collaborating with other students while discussing ideas and concepts, informs the activities associated with the K'NEX® Education Amusement Park set.

    Ages 10-12

    Includes:

  • 2264 K'NEX® parts – enough to build 13 K'NEX® Amusement Park Rides, including 2 Roller Coasters!
  • Builds two of most models simultaneously
  • Support 6 - 8 students working as teams
  • Grades 5 - 9
  • Building instructions comprehensive teacher's guide aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards
  • Packaged in three strong storage trays with snap-on lids
  • KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set Quick shop
    KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set
    KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set
    KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set
    KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set
    KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set
    KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set
    Edventures!

    KNEX Intro to Simple Machines: Gears Set

    $ 39.99

    Description

    Sprocket Gears! Spur Gears! Rack & Pinion! And More! The K'NEX® Education Gears set is designed to introduce students to the scientific concepts associated with gears. Students are provided with the opportunity to acquire skills using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to information and concepts as they build, investigate, discuss and evaluate scientific principles in action.

    The Teacher's Guide provides the information and resources needed to build students' understanding of scientific concepts and channel their inquiries into active and meaningful learning experiences. Extension activities to explore the concepts more deeply are also included.

    Grades 3 -5

     

    Includes:

  • 198 K'NEX® parts – enough to build 7 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines, one at a time
  • Supports 2 – 3 students working as a teams
  • Building instructions and comprehensive teacher's guide aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards
  • Packaged in a strong storage tray with snap-on lid
  • K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set Quick shop
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set
    K'Nex

    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set

    $ 39.99

    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Levers & Pulleys Set

    Description

    Hands-on learning at it best! The K'NEX® Education Intro to Simple Machines: Levers & Pulleys set is designed to introduce students to the scientific concepts associated with two types of Simple Machines – levers and pulleys. Students are provided with the opportunity to acquire skills using a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to information and concepts. Working cooperatively, students are encouraged to interact with each other as they build, investigate, discuss, and evaluate scientific principles in action.

    The Teacher's Guide provides the information and resources needed to build students' understanding of scientific concepts and channel their inquiries into active and meaningful learning experiences. Extension activities that can be used to explore the concepts more deeply are also included.

    Grades 3 -5

    Includes:
  • 178 K'NEX® parts – enough to build 8 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines, one at a time
  • Supports 2 – 3 students working as a team
  • Building instructions comprehensive teacher's guide aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards
  • Packaged in a strong storage tray with snap-on lid
  • K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set Quick shop
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set
    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set
    K'Nex

    K'NEX Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes Set

    $ 39.99

    Description

    STEM AT ITS BEST! Bring the excitement of hands-on learning to your next simple machines unit. As part of a series, the K'NEX Education Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels & Axles and Inclined Planes set is designed to introduce students to the scientific concepts associated with two types of Simple Machines - wheels and axles, and inclined planes. Students build, investigate, and evaluate scientific principles in action.

    The Teacher's Guide, used in conjunction with the K'NEX materials and individual Student Journals, provides the information and resources needed to build students' understanding of scientific concepts and channel their inquiries into active and meaningful learning experiences.

    Grades 3 -5

    Includes:

  • 221 K'NEX parts – enough to build 7 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines, one at a time
  • Supports 2 – 3 students working as a team
  • Building instructions and comprehensive teacher's guide aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards
  • Packaged in a strong storage tray with snap-on lid