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Grow big ideas with this open-ended, 3D building system. Brackitz building pieces connect at any point and any angle, enabling students to design anything they can imagine. As kids build, they develop design thinking and spatial reasoning skills.

  • Grades: K - 3

Build any structure with Strawbees reusable connectors and straws. The modification state never ends - just keep adding, updating or removing pieces. Experiment by adding different building materials or maker tools.

  • Grades: K - 12

Create impressive stop-motion animations with this all-in-one kit. Stop-motion animation is a great team-building activity that encourages problem-solving, collaboration and creativity for kids at all experience levels. Software included.

  • Grades: K - 12

Inspire kids to produce polished broadcasts, short movies, presentations and more. All the green screen technology a media lab or makerspace could need comes in this powerful kit. Easy-to-use editing software included.

  • Grades: 1 - 12

Teach the basics of computer programming - no screen required! Cubetto is a friendly, wooden robot that teaches the basics of coding through hands-on play. Each block is a command, creating a programming language that kids can touch and manipulate.

  • Grades: Pre-K - 1

Learn, play and explore with the first app-enabled robotic ball. Sphero pairs to your smartphone or tablet, allowing kids to program simple commands. As their coding skills improve, they can move on to more complex instructions.

  • Grades: 1 - 12

There's no wrong way to build with Cubelets Robot Blocks. Inspire budding innovators to play, build and become better thinkers with this groundbreaking, magnetic robot construction system. There are thousands of combinations - no coding required.

  • Grades: 1 - 12

These smart little robots teach higher-level coding concepts and help kids develop logical reasoning skills. Ozobots are preprogrammed to read hand-drawn lines of color, moving along the lines using sensors to read the codes and act.

  • Grades: K - 12

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In this lesson, students reconsider the figure from the first lesson by exploring the third dimension and using Brackitz planks to measure height, length and depth.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: K - 1
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

This lesson introduces students to the design and engineering process. Students will listen to a story, then practice problem-solving skills by using Strawbees to build and test a bridge.

  • Product: Strawbees
  • Grades: K - 2
  • Duration: 0 - 120 mins

This guide for educators is filled with ideas for integrating stop-motion animation across curriculum and subjects. Video links to sample projects are included.

  • Product: Animation Studio Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: 3 - 10
  • Duration: 0 - 45 mins

This guide introduces the key concepts of media literacy and illustrates the need for us to become better informed about mass media. Students will view and discuss examples of advertising and critically analyze an animated film.

  • Product: Animation Studio Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: K - 12
  • Duration: 60 - 90 mins

This guide explores the history and types of animation and introduces the many forms of stop-motion animation. Students will watch examples of stop-motion and direct-on-film animation and discuss the differences between them.

  • Product: Animation Studio Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: K - 12
  • Duration: 60 - 90 mins

This guide provides an overview of the basic equipment required for stop-motion animation. Students will learn about timing and the Three Main Principles of Animation. They will also make a flipbook and discover the Twelve Principles of Animation.

  • Product: Animation Studio Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: K - 12
  • Duration: 60 - 90 mins

This guide outlines the important stage of "planning" and introduces the process of storyboarding and storytelling. Students will view examples of each other's work and learn the process of creating a collaborative storyboard.

  • Product: Animation Studio Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: K - 12
  • Duration: 60 - 90 mins

This guide introduces the process of creating clay characters. Students will learn about armatures and view examples of animated films that employ them. They will then create and build characters for their own stop-motion animation videos.

  • Product: Animation Studio Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: K - 12
  • Duration: 60 - 90 mins

This guide offers ideas to help students make 2D or 3D sets or backgrounds for their animated videos. Students will also learn about lighting techniques and critique a scene from an animated film using the elements and principles of design.

  • Product: Animation Studio Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: K - 12
  • Duration: 60 - 90 mins

This guide provides the tools you need to introduce students to media literacy. Students will view examples of advertising and discuss the messages conveyed, examine the Key Concepts of Media Literacy and critically analyze an animated film.

  • Product: Green Screen Production Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: 1 - 12
  • Duration: 0 - 60 mins

This guide introduces students to the process of storyboarding. Students will work collaboratively to identify a topic for their group video production and create a storyboard, as well as learn about camera angles and point of view.

  • Product: Green Screen Production Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: 1 - 12
  • Duration: 0 - 60 mins

This guide will help you introduce students to the technique of chroma keying using a green screen. Students will analyze video clips, then do their own portrait study using chroma key techniques.

  • Product: Green Screen Production Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: 1 - 12
  • Duration: 0 - 60 mins

In this guide, students will learn the terms and jargon utilized in the broadcast/video production industry, as well as the value of group work and collaboration.

  • Product: Green Screen Production Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: 1 - 12
  • Duration: 0 - 60 mins

This guide will help students develop strong interview skills. Students will learn how news develops from people's natural curiosity about the people, places, events and situations of daily life and generate news story ideas from their own lives.

  • Product: Green Screen Production Kit (HamiltonBuhl)
  • Grades: 1 - 12
  • Duration: 0 - 60 mins

This collection of eight activities introduces the programming concepts of testing and debugging through shapes, space, measurement, days of the week and more.

  • Product: Cubetto
  • Grades: Pre-K - 1
  • Duration: 0 - 45 mins

In this activity, students learn about an advanced programming technique called recursion. At the same time, Sphero will visualize why the ocean appears blue by showing the connection between ocean depth and color wavelength.

  • Product: Sphero
  • Grades: 7 - 12
  • Duration: 60 - 120 mins

Students practice turning the Battery on and off and talk about what humans and robots have in common, and what makes humans and robots different. Students play Red Light, Green Light to practice SENSING and ACTING.

  • Product: Cubelets
  • Grades: 1 - 3
  • Duration: 0 - 30 mins

Students investigate the unique properties of each SENSE and ACT Cubelet. They create robots and name them, practice counting how many Cubelets are in their robot, and try to use SENSE, ACT and Battery accurately when they are talking to peers.

  • Product: Cubelets
  • Grades: 1 - 3
  • Duration: 0 - 30 mins

Students build robots and create a story that includes their robot as a character. This lesson is designed for written storytelling, so you will need to adapt it if you'd like your students to tell their stories verbally.

  • Product: Cubelets
  • Grades: 4 - 6
  • Duration: 0 - 45 mins

In this two-part lesson, students connect coding with literature after reading a not well-known fairytale and programming Ozobot to act as the main character. This lesson includes a guided activity and an independent activity, each taking 55 minutes.

  • Product: Ozobot
  • Grades: 2 - 11
  • Duration: 0 - 110 mins

Students write their own fairytale and program Ozobot to become the main character in this two-part lesson. This activity has two parts, the first taking 30-55 minutes and the second taking 55-90.

  • Product: Ozobot
  • Grades: 2 - 11
  • Duration: 0 - 85 mins

Students will explore the ideas of work, effort, and enhancing transportation with wheels (mechanical advantage). At the close of this lesson, students will be able to describe how wheels help do work.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students will explore the idea of work, effort, and moving items. This lesson will lead them to ask, “How can we do this work faster/easier?”

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students explore two dimensions, compare a figure to common objects to understand height and width dimensions, measure and record data and estimate in units. “I can” statements that students should be able to do after completing this lesson include: “I can describe how big something is by using height and width.” “I can compare size by thinking about everyday objects.” “I can use measurement data to estimate in another unit size.”

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students continue practicing spatial thinking and vocabulary as they reconsider the figure from Lesson 1, now understanding the third dimension and using Brackitz unit planks to measure height, width, and depth.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students continue with the gingerbread character as their building and engineering inspiration. Given an immediate problem to help solve, students have a play-based introduction to solving problems by designing and building devices.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

Students continue their play-based introduction to solving problems by designing and building to the Gingerbread character’s special needs. Students continue to consider dimensions as they design health, safety, comfort, and recreation items for a creature that’s much smaller than them.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 45 - 45 mins

Students will continue to collaborate as they design and consider what they make relates to more than one need. “I can design with competing factors in mind.” and “I know a design will not be perfect the first time.” and “I can count simple combination options given a small number of items and ways to arrange them.”

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 45 - 45 mins

This lesson leads students to add a fourth wheel as they continue to experiment with mechanical advantage, transportation, and designing with constraints and criteria.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 30 - 45 mins

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Students practice spatial thinking and vocabulary by comparing a small character to known objects and measuring with Brackitz planks.

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This unit of six lessons introduces the concepts and basic process for creating animated features. Age-appropriate content options are presented, making this unit scalable for grades K-12.

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  • Grades: K - 12
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This unit of 5 lessons introduces the concepts and basic process for media production. Age-appropriate content analysis options are presented, making this unit scalable for grades K-12.

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  • Grades: 1 - 12
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Introduce children to a screen-free programming language that they can touch. These lessons foster learning in key areas, including STEM, creative thinking, social-emotional and communication.

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  • Grades: Pre-K - 1
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This unit connects writing and coding. The Ozobot becomes the main character as students program it to act out a key task or behavior related to a fairytale.

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  • Grades: 2 - 11
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Students practice comparison, measurement, and estimation as they’re introduced to a small character and begin to comprehend 2 dimensions - height and width.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 225 mins

Students are introduced to a need for mechanical advantage and efficient transportation by encountering the problem of moving items without wheels.

  • Product: Brackitz
  • Grades: 2 - 3
  • Duration: 360 mins

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