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At Edventures, our hands-on classroom products and engaging curriculum are designed by our staff of educators, with educators in mind. Being a classroom teacher has never been more demanding. Adapting STEM instruction to Common Core Standards makes teaching more complicated. Perhaps most challenging is the implementation of STEM concepts in a classroom where students have a variety of interests and a disparate capacity to learn. Our curriculum does not replace your current curriculum or add extra work for you. Rather, it is meant to enhance the topics you are already teaching with innovative, fun, and interactive, hands-on activities. 

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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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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+
Spec Sheet

Girls Can Build Spec Sheet

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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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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

 

Curriculum Topics

 

Spec Sheet

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Discover Digital Video LAB

$ 295.00

Description

Students star in their own multimedia production using the Discover Digital Video LAB. Exciting curriculum with digital documentaries, historical recreation, original films, and more. Simple startup and step-by-step activities make it easy to set up in your classroom, student club, or after-school program.

Discover Digital Video LAB Curriculum download for $295.00  


Grades: Grades 1-5 & Grades 6-12 

Students: Up to 30 per LAB              

Contact Hours: 60+

 

Recommended for:

  • Summer camps
  • Classrooms looking for hands-on technology lessons
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments

Price:

  • Discover Digital Video - Full LAB with Curriculum,  Grades 1-5 or 6-12   $2500.00
  • Discover Digital Video - Print Curriculum only Grades 1-5 or 6-12  $500.00
  • Discover Digital Video - Digital Curriculum only Grades 1-5 or 6-12  $295.00


Training Available

  • Purchases of $500 or more come with 30 minutes of free webinar training.
  • Purchases of $1000 or more come with 1 hour of free webinar training.
  • Additional training time can be purchased as well.
Curriculum Topics Grades 1-5

Lesson Titles:  Grades 1-5

  • Unit 1: Interviews
  • Unit 2: Silent Movies
  • Unit 3: Reporting
  • Unit 4: Storytelling
  • Unit 5: Documentaries
  • Unit 6: Game Shows
  • Unit 7: Commercials
  • Unit 8: Music Videos

 

Materials Included

Discover Digital Video LAB: 

  • Acer Iconia Tablets with 5MP rear facing cameras - 5
  • Tablet Covers - 5
  • Tablet Stands - 5
  • Premium tablet-charging tech tub for easy access and secure storage
  • Spiral bound instructor manual
  • Spiral bound user guide
  • Full set of printed student handouts
  • Page Pockets (heavy duty dry erase page protectors) - 5
  • Dry Erase Markers - 5
    Standards & Alignment

    Aligned to International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards, Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind.

       Spec Sheet

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      Discover Digital Video Lab Spec Sheet

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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
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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 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 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