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Building Literacy: Create a Short Story
Students will develop a short story using their knowledge of literary elements.
Building Literacy: Design a Comic Book
Students will create their own comics including stories, dialogue, images, and page designs.
Building Literacy: Develop a Play
Students will write, cast, and produce an original one-act play and host a performance.
Students will research different types of class pets and use that information to design their own robotic class pet.
Clean Water and Sanitation
Students will engineer their own filtration system.
Coding a Classification System
Students will develop a coding application to organize data.
Create a Video Game
Students will create their own video game from start to finish.
Design a Specialty Truck
Students will research different types of trucks and use the information to design their own truck.
Design Your Own Escape Room
Students will plan, design, and execute their own escape room game.
Designing a Board Game
Students will create a board game including game mechanics, play pieces, and story.
Engineering 3D Printed Instruments
Students will learn about sound and design their own 3D printed instrument.
Engineering an Assistive Game Controller
Students will research disabilities and design an assistive controller.
Engineering for Hazardous Weather: Taking Flood Control to New Heights
Students will engineer a lifted house to prepare for severe flooding.
Exploring Native American Culture
Students will explore how geography influenced the lives of different Native American communities.
Fashion for Function: Smart Wearables
Students will design a unique piece of wearable technology.
Students will explore economic concepts which they will use to build a personal financial plan.
Geometric Self-Watering Planter
Students will design and construct a planter.
Growing a Hydroponic Garden
Students will cultivate a technologically-enhanced botanical space.
Jurassic Kids: Design a Dinosaur
Students will research different types of dinosaurs and use that information to design their own species and habitat.
Mars Colony: Engineering Expedition
Students will create a Mars colony including solutions for habitat, communication, and transportation.
No Poverty and Zero Hunger
Students will research world hunger and poverty, then use that information to design a planter to produce low-cost, high-yield crops.
Students will design and develop a prosthetic device.
Reimagining Public Transportation
Students will build a model that reimagines mass transportation.
River Management: Assessing Health
Students will engineer a device that samples an environmental parameter that indicates water health.
Robotics: Robotic Amusement Park
Students will design, build, and test their own amusement park ride.
Robotics: Robotic Assembly Line
Students will build a robot for an assembly line.
Robotics: Robotic Field Day
Students will code robots to compete in specific athletic games.
Rube Goldberg Machines
Students will engineer their own Rube Goldberg Machine.
Space Systems: Create a Model of an Eclipse
Design, print, and test a model of the Earth-Sun-Moon system that can be used to illustrate solar and lunar eclipses.
Space Systems: Engineer a Telescope
Students will design, print, and test a telescope that can be used to make celestial observations.
Space Systems: Light and Shadows
Students will design a device to track time.
Storytelling Through the Ages
Students will create stories and then program a robot to perform/tell their story using both audio and visual elements.
Students will explore energy consumption and engineer a tiny house model.
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STEM learning with Rube Goldberg Machines
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Our Rube Goldberg Machine iBlocks scaffold the creation of your Rube Goldberg Machine in the classroom by providing the learning content, materials, training — and even the opportunity for schools to enter their inventions in the official Rube Goldberg Machine Contest!
As students build their contraption, they’ll learn about teamwork, push through failures, and practice STEM hands-on.