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PCS Edventures - Discover Robotics & Programming I (Grades 4-8)

PCS Edventures - Discover Robotics & Programming I (Grades 4-8)

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Versatility At Its Finest!

Discover Robotics & Programming combines an application-based curriculum with high-quality mechanical building pieces to create the ultimate learning experience. This scaffolded series teaches basic programming logic through mechanical and engineering challenges, enabling learners to gain 21st century skills like problem-solving and computational thinking. By combining a game-like programming interface and sophisticated mechanical components, this program is a versatile and useful teaching tool that gives learners the freedom to experiment, iterate and design. With LABCard curriculum for student-driven environments and classroom programs designed for instructor-driven environments, Discover Robotics & Programming is flexible, empowering educators to integrate hands-on STEM into virtually any educational environment.

Note: Our LABCard Curriculum is intended for grades 4-8 and is appropriate for a student-driven environment. The Classroom Curriculum is intended for grades 6-8 in an instructor-driven environment.

Grades: 4-8
Students: Up to 3 per kit
Contact Hours: 20+

Subject Targets:

Technology, Robotics & Coding

Recommended Settings:

  • Classrooms
  • Homeschools

Tech Requirements:

  • One device per kit with Windows, macOS, iOS or Android operating system. Cortex is currently not compatible with Google Chromebooks.
  • All tablets require internet connection to enable wireless communication via Bluetooth.

Available For The Following Platforms:

  • Classic: For all computers and Android-based tablets
  • BLE: For iPads

LABCard Curriculum:

With the use of the PCS LABCards, educators can take advantage of a differentiated instruction model where challenging concepts are broken down so that learners can quickly master skills and move at their own pace towards a final performance task design project.

How to Use Your LABCards:

Each LABCard includes two step-by-step projects, two challenges and one design project. Each project introduces new programming skills by guiding learners through step-by-step activities. Two engaging challenges allow learners to apply this knowledge before testing their understanding in a design project. Key terms are listed at the end of each card for reference. Along the bottom are three questions to check for understanding. Use them in discussion, written reflection or informal conversation to probe and deepen learners’ understanding. At the end of every level, a final end design project challenges learners to synthesize their learning with creativity and critical thinking.

Why We LOVE Them:

The LABCard approach is intended to provide educators with a tool that enables a student-directed experience. Educators are empowered to provide facilitation, coaching and mentoring as learners work independently, in their own fashion. Almost all learning environments including after-school programs, clubs and a wide variety of classroom models, can be supported using the LABCard curriculum. Each LABCard is assigned a point value for quick and easy assessment of progress through each level and to provide learners with immediate recognition of their accomplishments. Learners earn points for each card they successfully complete. Each level includes four 5-point cards and culminates with a 5-point end design project, for a total of 25 points per level. By completing all four levels, learners can earn up to 100 points!

Product Orientation:

  • Half-hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $500+
  • One-hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase
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