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Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab
The Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab supports Kid Spark Elementary School (3-5) and Middle School (6-8) programs by focusing on mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and remote robotics.
The Young Engineers Lab supports continued, deep exploration of engineering and robotics without requiring a computer or any programming. Lessons introduce students to the design and engineering cycle, the six simple machines, mechanisms, mechanical structural engineering, applied mathematics, CAD and 3D printing, and robotic movement. These lessons build students the confidence to practice engineering concepts while preparing them for future studies of programmable robotic systems.
Resources for this lab include access to the Kid Spark curriculum library, online teacher lessons plans, student curriculum packets and workbooks, instructional videos, teacher tutorials, and a digital 3D parts library.
Curriculum Units SupportedSTEM Fundamentals (Grades 3-5)
STEM concepts are all around us
Why do we roll a heavy load up a ramp instead of climbing stairs? How does a fragile looking construction crane lift heavy loads to build a skyscraper? How can we lift a car with a tiny screw jack to change a tire? The lessons and design projects give students deep insight into how the manufactured world works.
Remote control robotics and compound machines
How do you get kids excited about robotics and computer science? Start with a remote. The Engineering Pathways Lab contains an easy-to-use remote-controlled robot that makes it fun to study motorized mechanisms and machines. The programmable ROKduino introduces students to coding, sensors, and autonomous robotic design.
The ROK Reactor challenge
This fast-paced challenge puts students' design and engineering skills to the test. Using their knowledge of simple machines, they work in small teams to race against the clock to create custom compound machines. The challenge promotes creative thinking, problem-solving, innovation and invention, and an applied learning experience for all STEM students.
Kid Spark Education / Rokenbok Video