Build a Better World
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 Camp 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.
The camp comes with an Instructor Guide, a full printed set of student pages, a digital curriculum download and all the supplies needed for 12 days of activities:
- Azomite: 4 oz
- Bag of lava rock: 1
- Bag of pea gravel: 1
- Bean bags: 5
- Binder clips: 12
- BrickPack (box of 650+ building pieces): 1
- 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
*Print curriculum includes 1 Instructor Guide and a full printed set of student pages.
**Digital curriculum comes with Instructor Guide only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.
- The Engineering Design Process
- Strong Shapes
- Natural Disasters
- Ashfall Emergency
- Winter Disasters
- Typhoon Towers
- Building a Better World
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.
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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.
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21st Century Skills
- 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
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Habits of Mind
- 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
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