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BrickLAB STEM Foundations is your STEM library. Inside, you’ll find the four books of STEM focusing on physics, technical communication, construction engineering and math. 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.
Students: Up to 30
Contact Hours: 52+
Physical Science, Technology, Engineering Design, Math Connections, English Language Arts Connections
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 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 that directly addressed the concerns laid out by the ITEEA. 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 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
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