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STEM Solutions

We offer two unique kits - Building Better Bridges and Programming & Robotics that are designed around particular engineering and programming skills. Additionally, we have four cross cutting Modules that integrate the four components of STEM through an engineering design challenge in the life or physical sciences with a tangible product or process as the outcome.

Building Better Bridges Kit

An integrated approach to teaching students the fundamentals of engineering design and bridge construction. Included lab activities take students from basic concepts of tension and compression on beams to assembling structures that behave just as real world trusses and bridges do. This kit is great to use in conjunction with a traditional toothpick or balsa wood bridge building contest as students can learn the fundamentals of bridge engineering and then use what they've learned to build stronger trusses and bridges.

The included Wireless Load Cell (PS-3216) is designed to be placed anywhere in a structures to measure forces at that location. 

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Programming & Robotics with the ErgoBot

Hardware and software work together to create an incredibly engaging, yet easy-to-use programming course. 23 lessons and projects covering beginning and intermediate programming, sensors, robotics, logic structures, optimization and performance testing and more.

Everything works right out of the box. Students can write easy code that gets the ErgoBot moving in less than 20 minutes and eventually build up to C-level programming language using logic and sensors.

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Ergobot and Programming

PASCO STEM Modules

Each of these discreet modules challenges students to combine Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts in pursuit of a solution to a particular challenge.

Each module:

  • Is guided by the national standards
  • Incorporates a problem-based learning approach, emphasizing inquiry
  • Incorporates both independent and collaborative work
  • Includes both formative and summative assessments
  • Features an engineering design challenge as the culminating project

Each module is centered on an open-ended Challenge in which students are given the task of designing, constructing, and implementing the solution to an engineering problem. The Challenge is based on fundamental science concepts in one or more of the science and simulates a real world problem that a modern engineer might encounter, with similar design constraints. 

The 4 STEM Modules are:

  • Air Bag
  • Biosphere
  • Egg Drop
  • Collisions

A breakdown of the Biosphere module and how it requires Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to develop and design a solution.

View the individual modules

STEM Module: Air Bag

(PS-2983)

Air Bag Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students construct an air bag.

STEM Module: Biosphere

(PS-2980)

Biosphere Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students create a model ecosystem.

STEM Module: Egg Drop

(PS-2989)

Egg Drop Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students construct an apparatus designed to protect a raw egg.

STEM Module: Collisions

(PS-2986)

Collisions Module incorporating the 4 components of STEM through an engineering challenge in which students construct a mock automobile bumper.