Elementary STEAM Project

A complete, reusable program designed for schools to deliver STEAM challenges for students in Grades 1 to 4, year-round.

The Elementary STEAM Project (ESP) has been professionally designed and tested for teachers in Ontario to challenge their students’ curriculum learnings. Our easy to follow lesson plans include pictures, leveling-up challenges, and questions for discussion. Challenges are completed using a reusable LEGO kit (one per student) that can easily be stored in a zip-lock bag for storage between challenges.

Each challenge can be completed in in approximately 60 minutes. With very little prep time involved, beyond delivering your normal lessons, teachers can pull out a challenge on short notice and see how well students are grasping the practical nature of the learning.

What is included and what does it cost?

The ESP is built on three areas:

  1. Electronic Lesson Plans (25) – $500 (one set per school or organization);
  2. Two Hour Virtual Educators’ Workshop (optional add-on) led by Brick Labs Director John Neretlis – $500 (Maximum 12 educators per workshop); and
  3. ESP Student LEGO kits – $9/kit (less than 100), $8/kit (100 plus).

Sample Pricing for 200 students and educators workshop:

$500 (lesson plans) + $500 (work shop) + (200 x $8) = $2600 or $13/student.

Cost Efficient: In this example, just about Fifty Cents per challenge per student for the first use! Use them again and its just Twenty Five cents. All prices plus HST.

Learning Through Play

Learning through play is a proven method of getting more engagement out of students. The ESP also works at iterative learning and helps to develop students’ curiosity and confidence. Over the numerous programs we’ve conducted, we have found that the last thing students want to do is stop these exercises!

Using LEGO bricks is effective: they are familiar, easy to use and allow for extensive creativity in problem solving. The kits we have chosen allow for maximum learning opportunities, but without the distraction of “familiar” characters or pieces.

Learn More

You can reach us by phone, 416 901-1390 or email us at info@bricklabs.ca. Happy to answer your questions or arrange for a demo of an ESP challenge for your team.

Sample Exercise Excerpts

Sample Exercise 1
Grades: 1 and 2 Subject: Math Focus:  Measuring

Additional Items: Ruler, Pencil, Paper, other instrument for improvised measurements (string, toothpick, etc)

Instructions:

  1. Using the LEGO bricks in your bag, connect your bricks end to end (with at least one stud) to make the longest LEGO chain you can. 
  2. Once all bricks are connected, count how many studs long your creation is and record it. 
  3. Measure how long your creation is using the ruler and record in centimetres.
  4. Use another measuring device to see how long it is. 
  5. See if you can make it longer using different connection techniques, counting the studs each time. 
  6. Compare results with your classmates. 

Sample Exercise 2

Grades: 2 and 3 Subject: Math Focus:  Measuring

Additional Items: Ruler, String, Pencil, Paper, other instrument for improvised measurements

Instructions – Part One:

  1. Using the LEGO bricks in your bag, build a stable structure, as tall as you can with all the bricks in the bag. 
  2. Once complete measure how tall your structure is in centimetres. 
  3. Share what techniques you used to make your tower stable and tall.
  4. Compare results and techniques with your classmates.

Instructions- Part Two:

  1. Using the same goals as part one, now try and complete your structure with the least number of exposed studs on top.
  2. Compare results and techniques with your classmates. 

Sample Exercise 3
Grades:
2 to 4 Subject: Math Focus: Coding

Additional Items: Ruler, String, Pencil, Paper, other instrument for improvised measurements

Instructions – Part One:

  1. Examine the bricks in your bag. 
  2. Create a code for what 12 of your bricks can do. For example, the narrow tan brick moves your mini-figure forward 10cm or the clear yellow round brick makes your mini-figure spin around. 
  3. Write down your code of what each brick does.
  4. Once you have written down what each brick does, arrange your bricks in a row, then have your mini-figure complete all stages of the code. 
  5. Challenge a classmate to complete your code. 


Instructions – Part Two: Try to create a repetitive loop in your code using another few bricks to indicate a loop. 


Instructions – Part Three: Create an if/then problem for your mini-figure using an additional few bricks for your mini-figure to be challenged with.