Girls Can Build
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.
- 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
60 Seconds or Less Camp
In this action-packed camp, Students channel their inner competitive spirit to complete 60 second challenges that reinforce specific STEM principles. From exploring energy conservation by rolling marbles over tape to understanding the power of air pressure by making cups fly, each day, learners utilize household items and micro-challenges to demonstrate the expansive world of STEM.
As the challenges in 60 Seconds or Less Camp become progressively more difficult, students need to think fast, move quickly and apply the real-world principles they’ve learned in order to earn the honor of being called a true STEM champion!
Digital Download for 60 Seconds or Less Camp only $129!
- Summer camps
- Elementary classrooms
- After-school programs
- Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
- One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
- Additional training available for purchase
- Sterilite tub (25 gal) - 1
- #2 pencils (pack of 12) - 4
- Ziploc bags (1 gal) - 8
- Balloons - 75
- Bath mats - 8
- Standard playing cards - 26
- Wooden clothes pins - 25
- Craft sticks - 300
- Plastic cups 16 pack (16 oz) - 11
- Wooden dowels (24" x 5/16") - 5
- Dry erase markers - 11
- Dry erase pockets - 10
- Feathers - 16
- Headbands - 5
- Plastic horseshoes - 30
- Marbles (20 pack) - 8
- Metal washers - 80
- Nerf Vortex Discs - 15
- Raw penne noodles (1 lb) - 1
- Raw spaghetti noodles (1 lb) - 1
- Pencil sharpeners - 5
- Ping pong balls - 125
- Plastic eggs - 20
- Popcorn tubs - 5
- Rubber bands - 250
- Plastic ruler (12")
- Scissors - 1
- Plastic spoons - 50
- Stopwatches - 10
- String (450 ft) - 1
- Double-sided tape - 1
- Masking tape (60 yds) - 5
- Plastic trash cans - 5
- 60 Seconds or Less Camp Instructor guide
- 60 Seconds or Less Camp Challenge Guide and KWL - 30
- Full set of student pages- 130
- Curriculum for 12 activities. Each activity can accommodate a 1 hour segment, or can be adjusted for different time blocks
- 60 Seconds or Less Instructor Manual
- Camp background information
- Collaboration and discussion tips
- Lesson extensions for differentiation
- Activity and assessment materials
- Materials list to complete camp
Each Activity Guide Includes:
- Materials List
- Schedule of Activities
- Topic Background Information & Vocabulary
- Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
- Opening & Closing Discussion Questions
- Extension Activities
- Start Your Timers
- The Wind Blows
- Rolling Along
- Forks and Spoons
- In and Over
- Ready, Aim, Fire!
- How Fast Can You Move?
- Can You Fly?
- Blowing In The Wind
- Which Way Will It Go?
- It Makes Sense
- You Up For A Challenge?
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BrickLAB Core/Classroom Curriculum
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!
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.
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
BrickLAB Tech/After-School Curriculum
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.
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