Here’s some great ideas to get you started.
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Discover the iBlocks we’ve imagined and see how they align to relevant state standards. Have a specific standard, subject, or project in mind? Let us know! An iBlock can be customized for your interests, goals, and needs.
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Assessing and Monitoring the Hudson River’s Health
Let’s take some pictures of the Hudson River. Have your camera ready? What about your secchi disk and litmus paper? Taking pictures can mean a lot more than snapping an image, especially if you’re a scientist. In this iBlock, students will conduct and engineer multiple analyses of the Hudson River’s health to understand the relationships between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere over time.
Focus of the iBlock:
An iBlock provides a cross-curricular, holistic learning approach by structuring your learning content with a primary and secondary subject focus (see this in action below). But because iBlocks are also customizable and expandable, these foci can change to suit your school’s needs, should you choose to tailor your iBlock.
Grade Band: Elementary
- Primary Focus: Earth Systems
- Secondary Focus: Engineering
- Additional Foci: Advanced Literacy, Transferable Skills
An iBlock matches skills to standards (like Common Core or NGSS).
Here is a sample content standard for this iBlock:
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect Earth’s resources and environment. (5-ESS3-1)
Out-of-the-box STEM learning with Rube Goldberg Machines
We’ve teamed up with Rube Goldberg Inc. to create a series of special iBlocks!
Our Rube Goldberg Machine iBlocks scaffold the creation of your Rube Goldberg Machine in the classroom by providing the learning content, materials, training — and even the opportunity for schools to enter their inventions in the official Rube Goldberg Machine Contest!
As students build their contraption, they’ll learn about teamwork, push through failures, and practice STEM hands-on.
Want to see what it’s all about?
In our sample Prosthetic Hand iBlock, students dive into STEM content as they experience the Engineering Design Process first-hand. Their work culminates in the creation of their own prosthetic hand that pulls together their research, guides them through the design process, and fosters important skills like critical thinking and problem-solving.