STEM Sense Student Activities
STEM Sense Kits offer educators full flexibility with customizable activity sheets, an interactive flipbook, and engaging video lessons that make it easy to support student learning whether they’re in the classroom or at home.
Support science and data literacy with live sensor data, interactive displays, and intuitive analysis tools that bring investigations to life. Kick-start your STEM experience with the //code.Node, then add additional sensors for unlimited possibilities.
The Blockly integration within PASCO’s data software helps familiarize students with the basics of programming, while providing them with customizable blocks and robust data features that enable them to apply their knowledge in a variety of real-world investigations.
Each complete kit arrives ‘classroom-ready’ with a Student Activities Booklet and editable, digital teacher resources. The booklets include engaging hands-on activities with step-by-step instructions, sample programs, and student questions that align with state and national science standards, as well as computer science standards. The accompanying digital resources include editable versions of the student activities, teacher answer keys, and an Interactive Flipbook with embedded student video lessons.
STEM Sense Activities skillfully scaffold concepts to ensure students are consistently engaged and developing their skillsets. Each booklet begins by introducing students to foundational coding blocks, concepts, and skills to help them build confidence using Blockly and the //code.Node. As they progress further into the investigations, students are challenged to apply their new knowledge to code-driven investigations that explore the science and sensors behind real-world technology.
Science and STEM topics include:
- Automotive engineering
- Probability and random numbers
- Properties of sound and light
- Magnetism and magnetic poles
- Position, acceleration, and rotation
- Properties of colour and colour mixing
- And more!
Computer Science Topics Include:
- Boolean logic
- Input and output functions
- Array indexing
- And more!
PASCO’s STEM Sense solutions promote early excellence in science and STEM education with cross-curricular investigations that help young learners build strong foundations in science, programming and data literacy. Each complete kit includes a hands-on coding device, an editable Teacher Manual, video support, and additional resources to support the seamless integration of real-world STEM investigations into middle school science courses, STEM programs, and makerspaces.
A Future Driven by STEM
Engaging Students in Technology for Experiential Learning and STEM Education
Building Better Bridges
Forget the toothpicks and engage students with design-based learning as they create realistic bridges, manipulate weight loads, and learn about tension with the included Wireless Load Cell. These real-world designs encourage creativity, collaboration, and problem solving, while reinforcing engineering and physics concepts.
Programming with Blockly
Included in SPARKvue 4 and Capstone 2, Blockly offers students a new world of experimental opportunities that focus on computational thinking, data visualization, and sensor inquiry. As they execute their code, students can visualize their data using real-time graphical displays that assist with data visualization.
Quiet the chaos of circuit lessons with the addition of a wireless kit that reconciles variations between textbook circuit models and real-life circuits. To electrically connect two modules, students insert a jumper clip, which emphasizes that an electrical connection has been made. These hands-on circuit tools bridge learning gaps and reduce the structural complexity of traditional circuit kits to improve learning outcomes.
PASCO’s EcoZone System is designed to help students model and understand the complex interactions within, and among, different ecosystems. The three clear acrylic EcoChambers are specially designed to accommodate PASCO sensors, making qualitative and quantitative measurements as easy as observing.
Engineering with Structures
Awaken your students’ inner engineers with these design-based Structure Systems. PASCO’s realistic structures range in complexity from single trusses to dynamic kits, enabling educators to tailor the activity’s difficulty as needed. Create a simple design challenge, such as creating a stable bridge, or challenge students with structural requirements they can test using Load Cells.