Can you use your iBlock in a remote / hybrid / blended learning classroom?
iBlocks are organized by phases that correspond to the Engineering Design Process.
Here’s how each phase can be taken from an in-person experience to a remote or virtual one.
The Research & Planning Phase is all about students gaining background knowledge and brainstorming new and innovative ideas for their projects.
- Conduct web and scholarly research from devices at home
- Brainstorm ideas independently or through shared collaborative spaces, such as virtual breakout sessions
In the Design & Construction Phase, students put their ideas into practice and bring their designs to life.
- Blueprinting and CAD designs can be done at home
- Depending on the objectives, construction can occur remotely with consumables, or in the classroom with additional technologies
During the Testing & Learning Phase, students investigate the functionality or effectiveness of their projects and make improvements as necessary.
While testing procedures depend on designs and desired outcomes, students can analyze data and feedback anywhere — on a group call, in a shared doc, and more!
After all their hard work, it’s time for students to present and display their final product during the Share & Showcase Phase.
In lieu of an in-person event, record a speech, create a virtual exhibit, or even film a commercial to post online. The possibilities are endless!
In addition to leading with STEM, iBlocks encompass many other components to further support students and prepare them for the future.
Want to see what it’s all about?
In our sample Rube Goldberg iBlock, students dive into STEM content as they experience the engineering design process first-hand. Their work culminates in the creation of their own chain reaction machine that pulls together their research, guides them through the design process, and fosters important skills like critical thinking and problem-solving.