Learn through the senses of your students by engaging in the fundamental building blocks of code. This Blue Box engages students in hands-on computational thinking and coding activities that develop essential critical thinking and academic skills, such as planning a sequence of events, decomposing a problem into a series of steps, and collaborating with others. Throughout the lessons of this Blue Box students will practice the skills of predicting, observing, and collaborating, which scientists and engineers do on a daily basis to solve problems and make discoveries.
The lessons from this Blue Box were developed from our CSATS workshop, Engaging with the Building Blocks of Code: A Hands-on Approach to Coding, and are intended for students at the lower elementary level. But, the lessons can be adapted for learners of any age.
The Molecular Mechanism of Diabetes
Want to learn more about Diabetes mellitus? The activities in this box use the practice of modeling to explore how diabetes results from impaired insulin and insulin-related proteins in the body and how insulin is manufactured and engineered for medical purposes.View Details Availability
Are you looking for engaging activities that gets your students hands and minds on the practice of measurement, critical thinking and creating charts with meaningful data? This Blue Box provides your students with skull and bone replicas of primate species that will inspire wonder and discussion in your classroom as students compare, contemplate size differences and begin to research where these primates live, how they move and what we can learn from them.
Building Blocks of Code
This Blue Box engages students in hands-on computational thinking, spatial awareness, and coding using Fisher Price© Code-a-Pillars™. Included in this Blue Box are lessons that integrate academic content areas, such as language arts, science, and computer science.View Details Availability
Inspired by Insects
Get ready to take a deep dive into a topic that supports standards from across the curriculum with this Blue Box! The contents of this box invites you and your students to explore insects in numerous ways. Dozens of preserved specimens are inside this Blue Box, which allows students to discover the world of insects and their relatives. They can also conduct nonfiction research as well as discovering the life cycles of particular insects by using the nonfiction texts included in this educational kit. The stories will engage learners of multiple grades and encourage the crafting of students’ own insects from educational resources that can bring out the creativity in each child.View Details Availability