HOME LEARNING: Make Home Learning a Home Run!

At PCS Edventures, we believe a quality education starts and ends at home.

Our hands-on educational activities puts the fun into learning at home. We offer the at-home student a variety of instructional activities that will engage them as it teaches them various concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Through the use of building bricks and robotics from PCS, alternative energy kits from PicoTurbine, and math packets from Mango Math, your students will be inspired, entertained and educated. These lessons are available for single learners and small groups. Whether your needs are for basic at home projects, Home school lessons or after-school enrichment, PCS Edventures has the educational product to fit your need. More than toys, we offer an experience. 

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BrickLAB BrickPACK

$ 59.95

Description

Already have curriculum in your classroom or after-school program that would benefit from the incorporation of hands-on manipulatives? BrickLAB BrickPACK is the solution for you! With over 6,500 bricks in the pack, over 30 students can be building simultaneously. From bridges, to habitats, to maps and more bricks can be used in almost every subject or activity! Bricks can even make mathematics more tangible for students to understand at a variety of levels.

In addition, according to the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), “recent research on learning finds that many students learn best in experiential way--by doing rather than only seeing or hearing--and the study of technology emphasized and capitalizes on such active learning,” (2007). More and more instructors are moving towards  hands-on learning and ways to make their lessons increasingly interactive. The most simple and versatile way to make this a reality in your classroom is to purchase the BrickLAB BrickPACK!

Instantly make your current curriculum regime a hands-on learning experience for every student. Whether you have a wide array of student needs, or not, bricks bring students together to encourage imagination, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving and more. Recommended for students in grades 1-6, the BrickLAB BrickPACK has an unlimited amount of uses! If you are looking for accompanying curriculum, check out the BrickLAB After-school or BrickLAB Classroom sets!

 

Choose from the classic colors BrickPACK or the vibrant colors!

 

 

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BrickLAB @ Home

$ 125.00

Description

Learn about estimation, Newton’s Laws, descriptive communication and much more with our BrickLab @ home. No matter where you implement the BrickLAB, students enjoy the hands-on activities and unique extension activities found throughout the 16 lesson curriculum.

Grades K-6

Includes
  • Over 500 Building Bricks: 6 different sizes and 8 colors
  • 4 Base Plates
  • Storage Container
  • Curriculum Softbound Book complete with 16 Lessons: 1 step-by-step brick builds, 3 extension activities, key terms, discussion starter, and formative assessment
  • Aligned to National Standards
  • Nonconsumable and Durable
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    BrickLAB Activity Cards

    $ 19.95

    U.S. History

    When teaching US History, Government, and/or Patriotism, the BrickLab and the US History Activity Cards bring Washington DC to life in your classroom. From the White House to the Mayflower, these fun and challenging brick builds enliven students and promote creative designs for additional builds. 

    Designed for Elementary Students, each of the five cards offer one step-by-step build and three additional themed models. In addition, there is a corresponding Teacher Resource card that provides extension activities in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy and a cooperative STEM activity. 

    Winter/Holiday

    The holidays are a magical time of year and the BrickLab Holiday Activity Cards brighten up any educational setting and warm the outside. These cool and stimulating brick builds promote innovation and encourage students to explore their own creativity. 

    Designed for Elementary Students, each of the five cards offer one step-by-step build and three additional themed models. In addition, there is a corresponding Teacher Resource card that provides extension activities in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy and a cooperative STEM activity. 

    Grades K-4

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    Cortex Programming Software

    $ 0.00

    Description

    The Cortex™ software application powers The Brain robotic controller. With user-friendly, drag and drop programming, The Cortex is intuitive and fun for the beginner, and sufficiently robust and versatile for the advanced robotics student.

    Based on the Arduino programming language, Cortex software is compatible with Windows, Os X, iOS and Android operating systems. Use the Cortex on your PC, Mac, iPad or Android tablet.

    Color coded functionality, annotated user tips, and logical user interface make The Cortex easy to learn and master. Use Cortex with tablets to take advantage of the virtual controls and virtual sensors.

    When used with Bluetooth enabled devices, programming code created on the Cortex can be communicated wirelessly with The Brain™ controller, through the use of a cloud-based code compiler (internet connectivity required).

    Grades 4+

    Software Download Links

    Download the Cortex™ programming software for free! This software is for controlling the PCS Brain version 5.0 and up.

    Cortex for Android

    Requirements: Android 2.3 or later

    *Connect your dongle through the bluetooth settings on your tablet

    Cortex for iOS

    Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

    *Connect your dongle through the Cortex software. 
    Instructions can be found on the reverse of yellow card 1 of the Discover Robotics and Programming I LABCards

    Download Instructions for Windows, OSX, and Android

    Upon placing an order for the free download, you will receive a download link for which ever software products you have selected.

    Download Instructions for iOS

    The latest version of the free Cortex for iOS app is only available directly from the iTunes App Store. Please visit the provided link using your iOS device to install Cortex 5.0 for iOS.


    Please note:  Cortex for mobile applications is for tablet devices only, not smart phones.

     

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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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    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
    3DIC - Discover Engineering Software Quick shop
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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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    K'Nex

    Kid K'NEX Group Set

    $ 49.99

    Description

    Big, soft, chunky pieces can be used by children with varying manipulative skills. Build 8 models from 1:1 correspondence cards or create your own creatures using the 131 parts, including 10 eyes and 2 ears/wings.

    Ages 3+

    Features:

  • Young hands can build in any direction due to the flexibility of the system
  • Enough pieces for 6-8 children
  • Models are easily assembled, stay together during play, and can be quickly dismantle
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    K'NEX Energy, Motion & Aeronautics Set

    $ 179.99

    Description

    The K'NEX® Education Energy, Motion & Aeronautics allows students to investigate a variety of concepts related to Newton's Laws and aeronautics. These concepts include aeronautics as it applies to force and motion as well as the effects on individuals who work and live in space. Concepts and activities are fashioned around rigorous content and National Standards in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

    The teacher's guide follows a modified version of the 5E instructional model – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. Students will use the Scientific Inquiry and the Engineering Design Processes extensively throughout the lessons as they explore, create, invent, and innovate. Lessons include worksheets, key terms, design briefs, design challenges, research and design logs, and rubrics.

    Grades 5 - 9

    Includes:

  • 1430 K'NEX® parts – enough to build 9 K'NEX® Models, up to three at a time!
  • Supports 6 - 9 students working in teams
  • Building instructions comprehensive teacher's guide aligned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards included
  • Packaged in a strong storage tub with snap-on lid
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    Kid K'NEX Classroom Collection Set

    $ 85.00

    Description

    Big, soft, chunky pieces can be used by children with varying manipulative skills. Children can build big ideas quickly. Young hands can build in any direction due to the flexibility of the system. Vibrant colors and component designs appeal to both girls and boys. Models are easily assembled, stay together during play, and can be quickly dismantled. Developed to be consistent with NAEYC's Developmentally Appropriate Practices. Build 22 models from 1:1 correspondence cards, or create your own creatures using the 267 parts, including 12 eyes, 6 feet, and 6 ears/wings. Enough pieces for 10-12 children.

    Toddler-Grade 2

  • 2003 Instructor Magazine Teacher' Rave Awards
  • 2003 Early Childhood News Judges' Selection Award
  • 2003 Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Awards
  • Early Childhood News Award Winner
  • Kid K'NEX Organisms and Life Cycles Set Quick shop
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    Kid K'NEX Organisms and Life Cycles Set

    $ 90.00

    Description

    Bring the excitement of Kid K’NEX to the classroom with this fun and engaging life science set. Big, bright and colorful Kid K’NEX pieces, lots of eyes, and more provides young learners with the motivation to build, role-play, and learn. Set includes 198 Kid K’NEX pieces including: eyes, fins, tentacles and beaks. Eight two-sided 1:1 correspondence building cards perfect for young learners and a Kid K’NEX Food Web Poster. Build up to 14 of the 18 models shown on the building cards at the same time. The perfect addition to support science, nature, life cycle, or creature unit.

    Grades Pre-K to 2

    Features:

  • 198 Kid K’NEX pieces including: eyes, fins, tentacles and beaks.
  • Eight two-sided 1:1 correspondence building cards and a Kid K’NEX Food Web Poster
  • Build up to 14 of the 18 models at the same time
  • Supports science, nature, life cycle, or creature curricular needs
  • Handy storage container for easy clean-up and portability
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    Kid K'NEX Transportation Set

    $ 95.00

    Description

    229 Kid K'NEX pieces, including 36 wheels, 10 of which are 'super sized' and 6 are truck wheels. Six two-sided, full color, building cards. Build all 9 models simultaneously from building cards. Set comes packed in a large storage tub with snap-on lid.

    Pre-K to 1st Grade Classrooms

    Set Features:

  • 229 Kid K'NEX pieces including 36 wheels
  • Builds 9 models at once; includes instructions for 4 bonus models
  • Supports 8 - 10 children building simultaneously
  • Big, soft chunky pieces can be used by children with varying manipulative skills
  • Packaged in a large compartmentalized storage tray with snap-on lid
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    K'NEX Elementary Math & Geometry Set

    $ 39.99

    Description

    The K'NEX® Education Elementary Math & Geometry set allows students to build, investigate and explore geometry concepts, vocabulary, and structures in a 2-D and 3-D world. The students live in a 3-D world, so it makes sense for them to connect with geometry on a 3-D level. K'NEX® allows them do just that! The teacher's guide, designed as a resource, provides a glossary of key terms and definitions and includes Vocabulary Card masters to support instruction and understanding. The activities are standards based and designed around best practices in mathematics instruction. They build upon one another as they lead students towards a greater understanding of mathematics and geometric concepts.

    Ages 6+

    Includes:

  • 142 K'NEX® parts – enough to build 38 K'NEX® Math models
  • Support 3-4 students working as a team
  • Building instructions and teacher's guide aligned to national standards and Common Core Mathematics included
  • Packaged in a strong storage tray with snap-on lid
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    K'NEX Education Motor Pack

    $ 22.00

    Description

    Motorize your K'NEX models to make them more realistic with these two battery powered motors included. (AA batteries not included). Turn concept models into "Technology at Work".

    Features:

  • Build, investigate, and experiment with motorized models that have constant speeds and continuous operation
  • Build two models of the same device with different gearing systems and operate them side-by-side to observe the effects of the gearing variations
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    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