Build a Better World

  • 925.00 USD
Building to Resist Natural Forces

Take engineering design to the next level with this up-close look at natural disasters. Working to better understand the elements at play in the world around them, Build a Better World has learners collaborate on structural challenges as they model earthquake stability, hurricane winds, system integrity and so much more on their quest to understand how buildings were designed to resist outside forces. Culminating in a final world-building exercise, this camp is a STEAM lava flow at its finest.

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

Subject Targets:

Earth Science, Engineering Design

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer camps
  • After-school programs
  • Classrooms looking for hands-on STEM experiences

Each Activity Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Topic Background Information & Vocabulary
  • Opening & Closing Discussion
  • Optional Extension Activities
  • Materials List

Curriculum Topics:

  1. The Engineering Design Process
  2. Strong Shapes
  3. Natural Disasters
  4. Earthquakes
  5. Landslides
  6. Tsunamis
  7. Flooding
  8. Glitter-nado!
  9. Ashfall Emergency
  10. Winter Disasters
  11. Typhoon Towers
  12. Building a Better World

Reusability:

  • Refill Kit Available. This product offers affordable refill kits. See the materials tab for details.

Training:

  • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase

Complete Program Includes:

  • Instructor Guide: 1
  • Printed Student Pages: 5 sets
  • Curriculum Digital Download: 1
  • Azomite: 4 oz
  • Bag of lava rock: 1
  • Bag of pea gravel: 1
  • Bean bags: 5
  • Binder clips: 12
  • BrickLAB bricks: 650+
  • Brick separator: 1
  • Cardstock: 1 ream
  • Clipboards: 10
  • Copy paper: 1 ream
  • Cotton balls: 100
  • Craft sticks: 100
  • Crayons (24 ct): 5
  • Cups: 10
  • Dish detergent (10 oz): 1
  • Downspout extensions: 5
  • Duct tape: 5 rolls
  • Flour (2 lb): 1
  • Glitter (0.1 oz): 6
  • Index cards (blank 4” x 6”, 100 ct): 6
  • Index cards (colored 4” x 6”, 100 ct): 1
  • Masking tape: 5
  • Measuring cups: 5
  • Mesh bag (for cleaning bricks): 1
  • Mini marshmallows (16 oz bag): 1
  • Modeling clay: 2 lb
  • Paper clips: 100
  • Pencils: 36
  • Pencil sharpeners: 5
  • Ping-pong balls: 20
  • Pipe cleaners: 45
  • Pitchers: 45
  • Plastic bottles: 10
  • Plastic containers (6 qt): 9
  • Plastic containers (41 qt): 5
  • Plastic spoons: 6
  • Plastic stirrers: 1000 ct
  • Rubberbands: ¼ lb bag
  • Rulers: 5
  • Scissors - 5” for students: 10
  • Scissors - adult size for instructor: 1
  • Soda straws: 1000 ct
  • Sponges: 10
  • Spray bottles: 5
  • Storage tub: 1
  • String (450 ft ball): 1
  • Tennis balls: 5
  • Tissue paper: 25 sheets
  • Toothpicks: 800
  • Vortex connector: 1

Curriculum Digital Download includes: Instructor Guide only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

Refill Kit Available:

Looking to use your Build a Better World Program with the next group of natural disaster specialists? This refill kit will get them up and running in no time!

  • Azomite: 4 oz
  • Binder clips: 12
  • Copy paper: 1 ream
  • Cotton balls: 100
  • Craft sticks: 100
  • Cups: 10
  • Dish detergent (10 oz): 1
  • Duct tape: 5 rolls
  • Flour (2 lb): 1
  • Glitter (0.1 oz): 6
  • Index cards (blank 4” x 6”, 100 ct): 6
  • Index cards (colored 4” x 6”, 100 ct): 1
  • Masking tape: 5
  • Mini marshmallows (16 oz bag): 1
  • Modeling clay: 2 lb
  • Plastic stirrers: 1000 ct
  • Rubberbands: ¼ lb bag
  • Soda straws: 1000 ct
  • Sponges: 10
  • String (450 ft ball): 1
  • Tissue paper: 25 sheets
  • Toothpicks: 800 

Habits of Mind:

16 thinking habits developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick to empower students to succeed in a 21st-century learning environment.

  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Creating, Imagining, Innovating
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Managing Impulsivity

21st Century Skills:

A set of widely-applicable abilities essential for success in the information age.

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Productivity and Accountability

© 2018 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), p21.org. All Rights Reserved. P21 was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
  • MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.

NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

Common Core State Standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

© Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

Tyler Downey

Tyler Downey joined PCS in the Spring of 2018, bringing a BA in Philosophy and MA in Education to his position as a STEM Education Specialist and Training Coordinator. Devoting himself to education for the last 20 years, Tyler has worked with students as an elementary classroom teacher, full-time gifted instructor, librarian and computer and information technology teacher, as well as leading students in hands-on science in summer camps and after-school club settings.

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