BrickLab STEM Foundations
- Grades: 3-6
- Number of Students: Up to 30
- Math Lesson Plan PDF
- Physics Lesson Plan PDF
- Communications Lesson Plan PDF
- Construction Engineering Lesson Plan PDF
BrickLAB STEM Foundations is perfect for any educational environment as it was designed to be suitable for classrooms, after-school programs, home school groups and more. By utilizing hands-on projects to explore the foundations of construction engineering, communications, mathematics and physics, bricks are the perfect manipulative to inspire students in unimaginable ways, making any learning environment an authentic experience for students in grades 3-6.
The projects in the curriculum were built upon Bloom’s Taxonomy to combine educational efficacy with fun, experiential activities. In each series, activities 1 and 2 build comprehensive knowledge, activity 3 provides analysis application and activity 4 wraps up with an evaluation synthesis coupled with an assessment journaling aspect. This series builds multiple neural pathways, to reinforce new concepts and challenge students to use these concepts in new ways. In addition, these engaging activities were developed with the ITEEA standards for technological literacy, which is growing in importance as a 21st Century Skill.
BrickLAB STEM Foundations has been developed using modern research and 21st Century alignments to create a powerful teaching tool that is easy for instructors to start using immediately. Additionally, the BrickLAB STEM Foundations is the perfect starter kit for an instructor that may not know exactly how they want to integrate hands-on manipulatives into their current curriculum. Start experiential learning in your classroom today with BrickLAB STEM Foundations!
Math: By diving into manipulative-based concepts such as geometry and statistics, students are able to use their hands to get more involved with math! They explore cubes, circles, pi, tesselations, measurement and so much more in this interactive math-filled unit. Correct terminology is also reinforced to aid students with memory recall of math concepts. Whether students enjoy math, or struggle with grasping concepts, the STEM foundations math unit helps students of all abilities see math in a whole new light and mathematics becomes more hands-on than ever before with this engaging unit!
Physics: Force and motion are studied in this unit by giving students the opportunity to experiment with the different types. Newton’s laws of motion, the work formula and the effects of friction are also studied with engaging, experiential activities that would make anyone want to become a physicist! Students are also challenged to examine and relate scientific topics to the world around them using scientific vocabulary, specific to the physical sciences. Get moving and shaking with this exciting unit!
Communications: In an increasingly digital world, communication skills are more important than ever and have become a highly sought after 21st Century Skill. In this unit students must put their current communication skills to the test in order to improve them! Activities require students to follow specific instructions, communicate with precision and use technology to communicate with semaphore and braille systems. One can never have too much experience or practice in the communication arena, so this unit is a beneficial addition to any classroom!
Construction Engineering: Students become budding architects in this unit as they explore basic architectural elements like the post and lintel and cantilever. Understanding the basics is extremely important when designing structures, so some history is also covered to show how long architecture has been used and why it is integral to the success of a society. Greek temples and Egyptian pyramids are studied for their structural finesse and ability to withstand time. Architectural terminology is introduced as new concepts are covered. Learn about why architecture continues to grow and develop not only as a science but as an art form with this unique construction engineering unit!
- 6,545 Building Bricks: 6 Sizes and 8 Colors
- 45 Base Plates
- 2 10-Gallon Tubs
- 4 Activity Books (digital downloads): Math, Physics, Communication, Construction Engineering
- Instructor's Guide
BrickLab Survey Topics:
|Tactile Symmetry||Post & Lintel||Volume of Cubes||Falling Bodies|
|Descriptive Communication||Cantilever||Circle & Circumference||Center of Gravity|
|Verbal Dependence||Arches & Corbelled Arches||Pi||Mass, Volume, & Density|
|Hieroglyph Building||Walls & Dams||Trapezoids & Line Intersections||Friction|
|Learn to Sign||Buttress & Flying Buttress||Tessellations||Coefficient of Friction|
|Create Your Own Code||Pagoda||Measurement||Potential & Kinetic Energy|
|Semaphore||Pyramid Construction||Estimation||Calculating Potential Energy|
|Assembly Line||Castle Construction||Bar Graphs||The Work Formula|
|Modeling||Post & Lintel Bridge||Line Plots||Newton's First Law|
|Charades||Aqueducts||Frequency||Newton's Second Law|
|Inquiry||Greek Architecture||Make a Table||Newton's Third Law|
|Tall Towers||Floor Plans||Mean, Median, Mode||Visible Light Spectrum|
|Telephone||Urban Planning||Probability||Light & Shadow|
Note: Due to production time, this item typically ships 2-3 weeks after receipt of the order.