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Grade 4 Core
Engagements

Learning Made Fun

The POPCS Smartlab has six islands in each rotation. It takes a POPCS student five days to complete an island. Each island begins with a Challenge and is followed by "What You Need To Know" which leads to a "Do It!" and concludes with an Extend Yourself. Students work with a partner learning collaboration and teamwork skills. Each rotation lasts  30 school days, and every student has the opportunity to experience each island. Listed below are the rotations for the year.   Our goal at POPCS is to make sure each student has the ability to learn new and interesting things, creating life-long learners who are passionate and excited about their educational journey.

Rotation One 

August - October

Software Engineering

Island 1:

Vex-VR

Mechanics and Structures

Island 2:

K'nex Motors

Logic and Problem Solving

Island 3: 
Genius Square

Circuitry

Island 4: 

Snap Circuits

Digital Communication

Island 5: 
Photoshop Editing

Robotics & Control Technology

Island 6:
LEGO EV3

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Rotation Two 

October - December

Computer Graphics

Island 1:

Tinkercad

Mechanics and Structures

Island 2:

IQ Key Gears

Robotics & Control Technology

Island 3:
Gizmos: Ingenious Machines

Mechanics & Structures

Island 4:

Zometools

Circuitry

Island 5
Code Rover

Circuitry

Island 6:

Makey-Makey

Rotation Three 

January - March

Digital Communication

Island 1:
Animation-ish Advanced-ish

Mechanics and Structures

Scientific Data and Analysis

Island 3: 
Garageband: Remixing-Designing a Ringtone

Scientific Data & Anaylsis

Island 4: 

Stellarium

Circuitry

Island 5:
LEGO Pneumatics

Circuitry

Island 6:
Snap Circuits Bric

Robotics & Control Technology

Island 7:
Meeper Bot

Rotation Four 

 March - May

Mechanics & Structures

Island 1:
Bridge Designer

Mechanics and Structures

Island 2:
Fischertechnik Static Level 2 Gears

Robotics & Control Technology

Island 3:
Meeper BOT

Digital Communication

Island 4:
Garageband-Creating Your Own Ringtones

Robotics & Control Technology

Island 5:

LEGO EV3 Sensors

Circuitry

Island 6: 
Snap Circuit Designing Alarm Systems

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