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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Sets

$ 699.00

Description

Bring bricks to your classroom to engage students with exciting Project-Based Learning activities that make learning fun! BrickLAB Core was developed specifically for grades 1-6 and is aligned with variety of national standards to help strengthen Common Core skills like science, math, social studies and literacy (see Alignments tab for more information). Based on the Madeline Hunter Lesson Model, BrickLAB Classroom reinforces knowledge by teaching concepts repetitively in new ways to develop increased neural pathways in each learner's brain, therefore solidifying new concepts.

With over 6,500 bricks, and a printed curriculum book for the instructor The BrickLAB Core set is a rich resource that brings the Common Core to life in your classroom and enables you to teach up to 30 students simultaneously. Improve student’s retention, engagement and test scores by incorporating bricks into the learning process.

By using bricks to encourage hands-on thinking and creativity, students pursue a variety of exciting and diverse topics from habitats, spatial relationships, map building, storytelling and more. Why teach topics like science, math, social studies and literacy in a 2-Dimensional fashion when you can turn all of them into engaging 3-Dimensional projects? Make the change to experiential Project-Based Learning today with PCS Edventures BrickLAB Core set!

Grades: 1-6 (One grade level per purchase, additional grades sold separately)
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+
  • Supports 30 Students
  • 6,540 Building Bricks: 6 different sizes and 8 different colors
  • 45 Base Plates
  • 2-10 Gallon Sterilite Tubs
  • Curriculum Notebook complete with 12 Madeline Hunter style lesson plans: 3 in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy.
  • Aligned to National and Common Core Standards
  • Non-consumable and Durable
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Alignments

The BrickLAB Classroom set was developed by PCS Edventures to bring Common Core subjects to life for students, and to help teachers improve test scores. It is aligned with standards set by the following education associations: International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The standards laid out by the ITEEA are concerned with technological literacy including how students develop an understanding of what technology is, how it affects the environment, its impact on the human race and the wide array of technologies used in industries today. In a technologically reliant society, the ITEEA stresses 21st Century understanding of the evolution of technology and how it has the ability to shape the future.

The NCTM is a devoted association which developed one of the first rigorous set of standards which emphasizes college and career readiness in the 21st Century. The group realizes the effectiveness of a program is heavily reliant upon careful organization when assessing and teaching students mathematics, and has therefore set forth good practices for teachers, administrators and parents to create a powerful mathematics education.

Focusing on the ten themes of social studies, the NCSS standards have laid out standards to support and teach these themes, which include: 1) culture; 2) time, continuity and change; 3) people, places and environments; 4) individual development and identity; 5) individuals, groups and institutions; 6) power, authority and governance; 7) production, distribution and consumption; 8) science, technology and society; 9) global connections; and 10) civic ideals and practices. The NCSS highlights the importance of what they call “civic competence” and how to instill it in future generations.

Finally, the NCTE has developed a series of Guiding Visions in addition to their list of standards which help all students have the opportunity and resources to develop adequate language skills to be successful in life. The association believes that literacy growth begins before children start school and should be diversified with a mixture of activities beyond reading and writing. Their standards are meant to facilitate innovation and creativity which are essential to teaching and learning Language Arts.

As evident, the standards used to develop BrickLAB Classroom are extensive and subject diverse. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile educational tools which can be utilized at the elementary and middle school levels.

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BrickLAB Tech/ After-School Set

$ 729.00

Description

BrickLAB Tech / After-school  Set

Bricks naturally provide students of all ages a platform for creative and innovative thinking, which is why the BrickLAB Tech set is perfect for extracurricular programs which aim to instill a wide range of STEM skills! Bricks provide opportunities for authentic discovery and collaboration, which PCS Edventures has combined with 12 unique units to develop a variety of topics. Designed to correlate with the national standards from the ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association), which promote technological literacy, this series develops a true understanding of what technology is and how it is useful in society. For more information about the ITEEA technological literacy standards and how BrickLAB aligns, check out the alignment tab!

The BrickLAB Tech set is different from the Classroom version because it allows more variation between grade levels. Choose between grades levels however these levels are more for recommendation and can be used at the discretion of individual insturctors to accommodate different learning environments with a variety of student levels. Additionally, each kit comes with enough manipulatives to instruct up to 30 students at once!

The BrickLAB Tech set is the perfect addition to any program seeking to add diversity! The primarily Project-Based Learning curriculum can be used in multiple ways to encourage student growth and creativity, or the bricks can be used in teacher-devised projects--the possibilities are endless with over 6,500 bricks on hand!

Grades: K-4 (One grade level per purchase, additional grades sold separately) 
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 24+

 

Alignments

In the foreword of their document Standards for Technological Literacy, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) describes the need for up and coming generations to have an understanding and appreciation of technology. The ITEEA wrote “we are a nation increasingly dependent on technology. Yet, in spite of this dependence, U.S. society is largely ignorant of the history and fundamental nature of the technology that sustains it. The result is a public that is disengaged from decisions that are helping share its technological future,” (2007). In response to this apparent need for technological literacy in today’s society, The PCS Edventures BrickLAB After-School set was developed specifically around the standards laid out by the ITEEA.

The ITEEA began with a broad definition of what technology is: “technology is how people modify the natural world to suit their own purposes.” From there, they developed a set of age-appropriate standards, which outline what concepts should be instilled to develop a sense of technological understanding as students progress. Additionally, it is apparent that there is a vast difference between what technology education entails versus educational technology. Many schools utilize technology in education, but fail to dive into the origins of technology and how it developed with the human race and continues to evolve with us into the future.

In response to this publication and its findings, PCS Edventures decided to develop a curriculum series which directly addressed the concerns laid out by the ITEEA. The BrickLAB Tech series starts with the scope of technology which leads to understanding the effects on the environment and the impact on society. From there, the series dives into various industries which utilize a variety of technologies such as engineering, energy, manufacturing, construction and more. With engaging Project-Based Learning activities, BrickLAB Tech instills a deep understanding of the world of technology!

To read the entire ITEEA document about technological literacy:

Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf

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BrickLAB STEM Foundations Set

$ 349.00

Description

BrickLAB STEM Foundations is perfect for any educational environment as it was designed to be suitable for classrooms, after-school programs, home school groups and more. By utilizing hands-on projects to explore the foundations of construction engineering, communications, mathematics and physics, which can be purchased separately or as a bundle. Bricks are the perfect manipulative to inspire students in unimaginable ways, making any learning environment an authentic experience for students in grades 3-6.

The projects in the curriculum were built upon Bloom’s Taxonomy to combine educational efficacy with fun, experiential activities. In each series, activities 1 and 2 build comprehensive knowledge, activity 3 provides analysis application and activity 4 wraps up with an evaluation synthesis coupled with an assessment journaling aspect. This series builds multiple neural pathways, to reinforce new concepts and challenge students to use these concepts in new ways. In addition, these engaging activities were developed with the ITEEA standards for technological literacy, which is growing in importance as a 21st Century Skill.

BrickLAB STEM Foundations has been developed using modern research and 21st Century alignments to create a powerful teaching tool that is easy for instructors to start using immediately. Additionally, the STEM Foundations BrickLAB is the perfect starter kit for an instructor that may not know exactly how they want to integrate hands-on manipulatives into their current curriculum. Start experiential learning in your classroom today with BrickLAB STEM Foundations!

 

Grades: 3-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 52+

 

Engineering

Students become budding architects in this unit as they explore basic architectural elements like the post and lintel and cantilever. Understanding the basics is extremely important when designing structures, and history is also covered to show how long architecture has been used and why it is integral to the success of a society. Greek temples and Egyptian pyramids are studied for their structural finesse and ability to withstand time. Additionally, proper nomenclature is always used in PCS Edventures curriculum, so architectural terminology is introduced as new concepts are covered. Learn about why architecture continues to grow and develop not only as a science but as an art form with this unique construction engineering unit!

Math

By diving into manipulative-based concepts such as geometry and statistics, students are able to use their hands to get more involved with math! They explore cubes, circles, pi, tesselations, measurement and so much more in this interactive math-filled unit. Correct terminology is also reinforced to aid students with memory recall of math concepts. Whether students enjoy math, or struggle with grasping concepts, the STEM foundations math unit helps students of all abilities see math in a whole new light and mathematics becomes more hands-on than ever before with this engaging unit!

Communications

In an increasingly digital world, communication skills are more important than ever and have become a highly sought after 21st Century Skill. In this unit students must put their current communication skills to the test in order to improve them! Activities require students to follow specific instructions, communicate with precision and use technology to communicate with semaphore and braille systems. One can never have too much experience or practice in the communication arena, so this unit is a beneficial addition to any classroom!

Physics

Force and motion are studied in this unit by 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 studied 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!

Alignments

In the foreward of their document Standards for Technological Literacy, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) describes the need for up and coming generations to have an understanding and appreciation of technology. The ITEEA wrote “we are a nation increasingly dependent on technology. Yet, in spite of this dependence, U.S. society is largely ignorant of the history and fundamental nature of the technology that sustains it. The result is a public that is disengaged from decisions that are helping share its technological future,” (2007). In response to this apparent need for technological literacy in today’s society, The PCS Edventures BrickLAB STEM Foundations set was developed specifically around the standards laid out by the ITEEA.

The ITEEA began with a broad definition of what technology is: “technology is how people modify the natural world to suit their own purposes.” From there, they developed a set of age-appropriate standards, which outline what concepts should be instilled to develop a sense of technological understanding as students progress. Additionally, it is apparent that there is a vast difference between what technology education entails versus educational technology. Many schools utilize technology in education, but fail to dive into the origins of technology and how it developed with the human race and continues to evolve with us into the future.

In response to this publication and its findings, PCS Edventures decided to develop a curriculum series which directly addressed the concerns laid out by the ITEEA. The BrickLAB STEM Foundation series focuses on recent research which shows that many students learn best from experiential learning. Bricks are utilized to “provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of technology and its value to them and society,” (2007, 19). With engaging Project-Based Learning activities, BrickLAB STEM Foundations instills a deep understanding of the world of technology!

To read the entire ITEEA document about technological literacy:

Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf

What's Included
  • 6,540 Building Bricks: 6 Sizes and 8 Colors
  • 40 Base Plates
  • 2- 10 Gallon Sterilite Storage Tubs
  • 4 Softbound Activity Books: Math, Physics, Communication, Construction Engineering
  • Instructor's Guide
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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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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum

$ 129.00

Description

Bring bricks to your classroom to engage students with exciting Project-Based Learning activities that make learning fun! BrickLAB Core was developed specifically for grades 1-6 and is aligned with a variety of national standards to help strengthen Common Core skills like science, math, social studies and literacy (see Alignments tab for more information). Based on the Madeline Hunter Lesson Model, BrickLAB Classroom reinforces knowledge by teaching concepts repetitively in new ways to develop increased neural pathways in each learner's brain, therefore solidifying new concepts.

These printed curriculum books for the instructor The BrickLAB Core/Classroom kit are a rich resource that brings the Common Core to life in your classroom and enables you to teach up to 30 students simultaneously. Improve student’s retention, engagement and test scores by incorporating bricks into the learning process. Pair them with BrickLAB Brick Set or perhaps an already existing BrickLAB in your facility!

By using bricks to encourage hands-on thinking and creativity, students pursue a variety of exciting and diverse topics from habitats, spatial relationships, map building, storytelling and more. Why teach topics like science, math, social studies and literacy in a 2-Dimensional fashion when you can turn all of them into engaging 3-Dimensional projects? Make the change to experiential Project-Based Learning today with PCS Edventures BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum!

Grades: 1-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 12+
Alignments

The BrickLAB Classroom set was developed by PCS Edventures to bring Common Core subjects to life for students, and to help teachers improve test scores. It is aligned with standards set by the following education associations: International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The standards laid out by the ITEEA are concerned with technological literacy including how students develop an understanding of what technology is, how it affects the environment, its impact on the human race and the wide array of technologies used in industries today. In a technologically reliant society, the ITEEA stresses 21st Century understanding of the evolution of technology and how it has the ability to shape the future.

The NCTM is a devoted association which developed one of the first rigorous set of standards which emphasizes college and career readiness in the 21st Century. The group realizes the effectiveness of a program is heavily reliant upon careful organization when assessing and teaching students mathematics, and has therefore set forth good practices for teachers, administrators and parents to create a powerful mathematics education.

Focusing on the ten themes of social studies, the NCSS standards have laid out standards to support and teach these themes, which include: 1) culture; 2) time, continuity and change; 3) people, places and environments; 4) individual development and identity; 5) individuals, groups and institutions; 6) power, authority and governance; 7) production, distribution and consumption; 8) science, technology and society; 9) global connections; and 10) civic ideals and practices. The NCSS highlights the importance of what they call “civic competence” and how to instill it in future generations.

Finally, the NCTE has developed a series of Guiding Visions in addition to their list of standards which help all students have the opportunity and resources to develop adequate language skills to be successful in life. The association believes that literacy growth begins before children start school and should be diversified with a mixture of activities beyond reading and writing. Their standards are meant to facilitate innovation and creativity which are essential to teaching and learning Language Arts.

As evident, the standards used to develop BrickLAB Classroom are extensive and subject diverse. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile educational tools which can be utilized at the elementary and middle school levels. For more information on the following standards lists, visit their websites to read their entire list of alignments.

Sources

National Curriculum Standards for the Social Studies. (2010, September 17). Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/standards

NCTE / IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. (2012, November 1). Retrieved from http://www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira

Principals and Standards for School Mathematics. (2000). Retrieved from http://www.nctm.org/Standards-and-Positions/Principles-and-Standards/

Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology, Third Edition. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.iteea.org/TAA/PDFs/xstnd.pdf

 

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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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    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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    Discover Robotics & Programming I

    $ 379.00

    Description

    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).

    By combining a game-like programming interface and real mechanical robotic components, the Discover Robotics & Programming Kit is one of the most versatile and useful teaching tools of today. Projects focus on the integration of STEAM skills by incorporating math, physics and engineering principles. Each project is followed with an optional journaling component to fuse language arts and reflection, in response to extensive research that illustrates the benefits of including reflective elements in STEM classrooms.

    With Discover Robotics & Programming students have the freedom to iterate and design, while gaining tangible benefits from frequent analysis and reflection. Individual Discover Robotics & Programming kits are meant to be used with 1-3 students. Each level within the student-driven series focuses on different concepts and are clearly aligned for specified age ranges, allowing educators to implement the most appropriate activities in their classrooms which are also engaging, fun and educational!

    Classroom Curriculum: 

    Grades: 6-8
    Students: Up to 3 per kit
    Contact Hours: 25+

    LABCard Curriculum: 

    Grades: 4-8
    Students: Up to 3 per kit
    Contact Hours: 25+
    Cortex Programming Software Downloads

    Windows
    MAC OSX for iPad v3 and later
    Android iOS

    Brain Controller Pack

    The Brain robotic controller from PCS Edventures! offers students the opportunity to learn about robotics like never before. With quick processing power, wireless connectivity, and physical sensors, the Brain is used with the Cortex programming environment to create a comprehensive hands-on robotics education experience.

    With physical hooks that are easily adaptable to LEGO and fischertechnik parts, students can build to their imagination’s content. Then, using the Cortex, students program desired movement and watch their creations come to life!

    The advanced sensor pack allows robots to interact with the physical world and respond to received stimuli. New sensors include touch, infrared, optical, LED, and ultrasonic.  

    Classroom Curriculum vs LABCards

    Discover Robotics & Programming is an extremely versatile kit which can be used in a variety of educational environments. When choosing to purchase the kit, there are two options for curriculum which can be paired with the physical building manipulatives.

    The first option was developed specifically for classroom use, and therefore is called the Classroom Curriculum. In this bound book are projects, challenges and design activities suitable for students in grades 6-8. The Classroom version booklet, meant for 1-3 students, progresses through four different levels, each of which includes journaling components and a variety of assessment options for teachers to choose from.

    The second curriculum option for the Discover Robotics & Programming kit is known as LABCards. This curriculum is unique in the fact that is can be utilized with younger students in grades 4-8, and is extremely student-driven. This option also comes with four different levels of cards, and each level includes 5 cards. With a total of 20 cards full of activities, challenges and design activities, the LABCards can be used in after-school programs or other educational settings that require curricular flexibility. Each set of LABCards can be used by individual students, or used in small groups to encourage collaborative skills.

    If you are unsure which option is best for you, please feel free to contact one of our STEM experts for assistance!

     Club Pack

    The Discover Robotics & Programming Club Pack comes with five (5) individual kits, each of which is suitable for 1-3 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 15 students, after-school programs, home school groups and more!

    Classroom Set

    The Discover Robotics & Programming Classroom Pack includes 16 individual kits, which are stored in a high-quality hardwood furniture case with rolling casters. Each kit, is meant to be used with 1-3 students, so the Classroom Pack can be utilized with groups of 16-48 students! In addition, the Classroom Pack comes with a special Robotics Challenge Guide for additional ideas and guidance when attempting local or national robotics competitions.

    Spec Sheet Classroom Curriculum

     

    Spec Sheet LABCards 

     

     

     

     

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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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    $ 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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    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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    $ 1,649.00

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     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.

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      BrickLAB en Espanol

      $ 649.00

      Description

      The BrickLAB is a fun, educational tool that provides opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of subject matter. Through the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math lessons embedded in the 12 units offered with this lab, students use bricks to build models which help define their learning. 

      BrickLAB en Espanol can be utilized in a myriad of educational environments from classrooms to after-school programs and even home school settings! The primarily Project-Based Learning curriculum can be used to reinforce STEM topics through the lens of another language. In addition, the curriculum was built around widely recognized national standards such as ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association), which promotes technological literacy. 

      Grades 3-5

      Includes:

    • 6,545 BrickLAB Bricks: 6 Sizes and 8 Colors
    • 45 Base Plates
    • 16 Gallon Wheeled Storage Tub
    • Curriculum Softbound Book complete with 12 Units that include: 2 step-by-step brick builds, 1 group project, extension activities, key terms, formative assessment and answer key