BrickLAB STEM Foundations

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1,095 USD
Options:Complete Program (Bricks + Curriculum)
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Pouring the STEM Foundation with
Communication, Engineering, Math & Physics!

BrickLAB STEM Foundations is your STEM library. Inside, you’ll find the four books of STEM focusing on communication, engineering, math and physics.

Employing adaptable curriculum, this turn-key STEM enrichment solution successfully engages a wide variety of age levels and learning environments through social-emotional learning, multi-subject integration and hands-on engineering design exercises. From exploring Newton’s Third Law to studying flying buttresses, this grab bag contains over 48 hours of stimulating, reusable, real-world building adventures. With an assessment to check for understanding at the end of each exercise, guide your students as they discover everything the world of STEM has to offer.

Combined with the PCS Edventures signature BrickLAB Brick, a STEM manipulative designed specifically to provide learners of all ages with a platform for creative and innovative thinking, BrickLAB STEM Foundations comes with four curriculum sets, each boasting 13, one-hour lessons. Turn-key and ready to invigorate, this kit was developed for any environment looking to explore or expand their STEM options. With over 6,540 bricks and adaptable learning modules, BrickLAB STEM Foundations inspires critical thinking, creativity and innovation through engaging, research-based learning experiences. Whether you’re following the easy-to-implement lessons or integrating the materials into existing semester plans, provide your students with everything they need to expand their STEM skills with BrickLAB STEM Foundations.

Grades: 4-6
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 52+

Subject Target:

Physical Science, Technology, Engineering Design, Math Connections, English Language Arts Connections

Reusability and Expansion:

Settings & Tech Requirements

Recommended Settings:

  • Before & After-School Programs
  • Classrooms
Curriculum Topics

Each Activity Includes:

  • Intro Discussion
  • Step-By-Step Build Instructions
  • Engineering Challenge
  • Real World Extension
  • English Language Arts Extension
  • Assessment

Curriculum Topics:

Communication:

  • Tactile Symmetry
  • Descriptive Communication
  • Verbal Dependence
  • Hieroglyph Building
  • Learn to Sign
  • Create Your Own Code
  • Semaphore
  • Assembly Line
  • Modeling
  • Charades
  • Inquiry
  • Tall Towers
  • Telephone

Engineering:

  • Post and Lintel
  • Cantilever
  • Arches and Corbelled Arches
  • Walls and Dams
  • Buttress and Flying Buttress
  • Pagoda
  • Pyramid Construction
  • Castle Construction
  • Post and Lintel Bridge
  • Aqueducts
  • Greek Architecture
  • Floorplans
  • Urban Planning

Math:

  • Volume of Cubes
  • Circles and Circumference
  • Pi
  • Trapezoids and Line Intersections
  • Tessellations
  • Measurement
  • Estimate
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Plots
  • Frequency
  • Make a Table
  • Mean, Median and Mode
  • Probability

Physics:

  • Falling Bodies
  • Center of Gravity
  • Mass, Volume and Density
  • Friction
  • Coefficient of Friction
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • Calculating Potential Energy
  • The Work Formula
  • Newton's First Law
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Third Law
  • Visible Light Spectrum
  • Light and Shadow
Professional Development

Product Orientation:

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

Complete Program Includes:

  • Instructor Guides: 4 (1 each Communication, Engineering, Math and Physics.)
  • BrickLAB Bricks: 6500+
  • Brick Separator: 1
  • Mesh Bag (for cleaning bricks): 1
  • Storage Tubs: 2
  • Access to the Digital Resource Portal

Curriculum Print & Digital Includes:

  • Instructor Guides: 4 (1 each Communication, Engineering, Math and Physics.)
  • Access to the Digital Resource Portal
Standards & Alignment

BrickLAB STEM Foundations was developed and aligned to several systems of science and technology benchmarks, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Benchmarks for Science Literacy Project 2061, the Core Knowledge Sequence (taken from the Colorado State Grade Level Expectations) and the International Technology Education Association's Standards for Technological Literacy.

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).

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.

BrickLAB STEM Foundations 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, hands-on 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 https://www.iteea.org/File.aspx?id=67767

About the Author

PCS Edventures Development Team:

PCS Edventures programs are crafted by educators, for educators. Our development team includes educators, curriculum specialists, writers and artists from all backgrounds. Together, we create programs that close learning gaps, promote equity, meet educational standards, support social-emotional learning, explore real-world careers and instill a life-long love of STEM in learners worldwide!

With decades of combined experience in classrooms, summer camps, after-school programs and so much more, your learning environment is in great hands.

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BrickLAB STEM Foundations

Pricing Options:

  • Complete Program (Bricks + Curriculum): 1,095.00 USD
  • Curriculum Print & Digital: 595.00 USD

Recommended Settings:

  • Before & After-School Programs
  • Classrooms

Each Activity Includes:

  • Intro Discussion
  • Step-By-Step Build Instructions
  • Engineering Challenge
  • Real World Extension
  • English Language Arts Extension
  • Assessment

Curriculum Topics:

Communication:

  • Tactile Symmetry
  • Descriptive Communication
  • Verbal Dependence
  • Hieroglyph Building
  • Learn to Sign
  • Create Your Own Code
  • Semaphore
  • Assembly Line
  • Modeling
  • Charades
  • Inquiry
  • Tall Towers
  • Telephone

Engineering:

  • Post and Lintel
  • Cantilever
  • Arches and Corbelled Arches
  • Walls and Dams
  • Buttress and Flying Buttress
  • Pagoda
  • Pyramid Construction
  • Castle Construction
  • Post and Lintel Bridge
  • Aqueducts
  • Greek Architecture
  • Floorplans
  • Urban Planning

Math:

  • Volume of Cubes
  • Circles and Circumference
  • Pi
  • Trapezoids and Line Intersections
  • Tessellations
  • Measurement
  • Estimate
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Plots
  • Frequency
  • Make a Table
  • Mean, Median and Mode
  • Probability

Physics:

  • Falling Bodies
  • Center of Gravity
  • Mass, Volume and Density
  • Friction
  • Coefficient of Friction
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • Calculating Potential Energy
  • The Work Formula
  • Newton's First Law
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Third Law
  • Visible Light Spectrum
  • Light and Shadow

Product Orientation:

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

Complete Program Includes:

  • Instructor Guides: 4 (1 each Communication, Engineering, Math and Physics.)
  • BrickLAB Bricks: 6500+
  • Brick Separator: 1
  • Mesh Bag (for cleaning bricks): 1
  • Storage Tubs: 2
  • Access to the Digital Resource Portal

Curriculum Print & Digital Includes:

  • Instructor Guides: 4 (1 each Communication, Engineering, Math and Physics.)
  • Access to the Digital Resource Portal

BrickLAB STEM Foundations was developed and aligned to several systems of science and technology benchmarks, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Benchmarks for Science Literacy Project 2061, the Core Knowledge Sequence (taken from the Colorado State Grade Level Expectations) and the International Technology Education Association's Standards for Technological Literacy.

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).

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.

BrickLAB STEM Foundations 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, hands-on 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 https://www.iteea.org/File.aspx?id=67767

PCS Edventures Development Team:

PCS Edventures programs are crafted by educators, for educators. Our development team includes educators, curriculum specialists, writers and artists from all backgrounds. Together, we create programs that close learning gaps, promote equity, meet educational standards, support social-emotional learning, explore real-world careers and instill a life-long love of STEM in learners worldwide!

With decades of combined experience in classrooms, summer camps, after-school programs and so much more, your learning environment is in great hands.

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