BrickLAB Tech Curriculum
BrickLAB Tech Curriculum (formerly BrickLAB After-School)
Built from the ground up to correlate with National and International technology educational standards from the ITEEA and ISTE, the BrickLAB Tech helps instructors introduce and meet mandated technological literacy standards while simultaneously reinforcing core curriculum topics they are already teaching.
If you already have thousands of bricks, you can purchase our standards-based curriculum that enables students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through exciting, hands-on projects. Our curriculum is broken out by grade for Grades K-4 and can be used once or twice a week for a 45–60 minute session. Meet technological literacy standards and boost test scores, knowledge, and understanding in science, math and other areas.Grades: K-4 Students: Up to 30 Contact Hours: 24+ Curriculum Sample
See second page of spec sheet tab for curriculum topics listing.
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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