Kids Love Tech Workshops

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Are you an educator in the Toronto, York Region, or Mississauga area? Invite us into your classroom for curriculum based workshops. Your classroom will have access to the full Rokenbok Education Mobile STEM Lab and our experienced instructors will lead the class through engaging project building and challenges.

Workshop List

Mentored Construction Play 
Teachers will select from a list of themes and building plans for their classroom. We will be using snap in Rock Blocks and simple step by step building plans and discuss the builds using grade appropriate curriculum connections  Themes: On the Farm, Cars and Trucks, Flight, Dinosaurs.                                                   Curriculum connection: Play based learning and inquiry (K), Materials, objects and everyday structures (1), Movement (2)
Recommended for SK-Grade 2

Gears and Gear Trains
Build gears of different sizes and use axles and a crank to create a gear train and learn how gears are being used in machines to change the direction of movement and to create mechanical advantage. We will then use the gear train and our imagination to design a machine that does a function in everyday life. 
Curriculum connection: Movement (2), Forces causing Movement (3), Strong and Stable Structures (3), Pulleys and Gears (4) 
Recommended for Grades 2-4

Pulleys and Simple Machines  
Students will build a fixed and movable pulley system and a ramp that can be used together with a pulley system in order to pull up loads benefiting from the mechanical advantage created by the simple machines.
Curriculum connection: Forces causing Movement (3), Strong and Stable Structures (3), Pulleys and Gears (4), Forces acting on structures and mechanisms (5) 
Recommended for Grades 3-5

Build a Crane  
Experiment with forces, pulleys and gears while building a crane lift. We will be using gears, pulleys, cogs, spools, a motor and bearing module. 
Curriculum connection: Forces causing Movement (3), Strong and Stable Structures (3), Pulleys and Gears (4), Forces acting on structures and mechanisms (5) 
Recommended for Grades 3-5

Bridges and Structures 
Learn about structures and forces acting on bridges and explore how different shapes play a role in engineering design. Students will follow a building plan to construct an arch bridge, truss bridge, beam bridge, cable stay bridge and suspension bridge.                                                                                                 Curriculum connection: Strong and Stable Structures (3), Forces acting on structures (5)
Recommended for Grades 3-6

Lighting Up a Neighbourhood
Build parallel and series circuits, experiment with switches, wires and loads while constructing and lighting up houses in a neighbourhood. 
Curriculum connection: Conservation of Energy (5), Electricity (6)
Recommended for Grades 5-6

Electricity and Energy
Discover how chemical energy is transformed into electrical energy; build an electronic circuit to power up
a useful device and explore conductors and insulators.
Curriculum connection: Conservation of Energy (5), Electricity (6)
Recommended for Grades 5-6

Systems in Action with Motors 
Students will  follow a construction plans to build a mechanical chair moving up and down. This building plan includes motors and gears. Optional: add robotics using Arduino visual programming. Ask us for details. 
Curriculum connection: Forces acting on structures and mechanisms.(5), Form and Function (7), Systems in Action (8)
Recommended for Grades 5-8

Team Building with Engineering : Mechanical Arm
Build a mechanical arm that can be used to grab various objects. After building the arm, students will participate in group competitions and games.
Curriculum connection: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms (5-8)
Recommended for Grades 5-8

Team Building with Engineering: Airplane Factory
In this exciting Airplane Factory students develop problem solving and communication skills while using creative thinking to plan, test, retest and modify the airplane assembly line.
Curriculum connection: The Technological Problem-Solving Skills Continuum.
Recommended for Grades 5-8