CORE IDEAS USING LUX BLOX
Mechanics and Structures
POP students create structures that move, bend, and flex. Build biological and chemical structures. This promotes mathematical concepts and problem solving while engaging in creative thinking.
POP students are challenged to build 3D shapes and measure its surface area using Lux Blox building blocks.
Their other challenge is to build a track that allows a marble or small ball to travel from top of the run to bottom in the shortest amount of time. Your ball must stay on the track. Your marble run must have at least two towers and a bridge that connects the two towers.
CORE CONCEPTS FOR ELECTRONIC BLOCKS:
Short Circuit- An electrical circuit that allows current too much current to flow which can be dangerous to the parts or people using the circuit.
Closed/Complete Circuit- A circuit without interruption that allows current to flow on a continuous path.
Open/Broken Circuit- A circuit in which the continuity is broken so that the current does not flow.
Picasso STEM Building Kit
Core Concepts in Picasso STEM Building Kits:
Mechanics & Structures
POP students are presented with a challenge to learn how simple machines work by building levers with Picasso building kit.
What do seesaws, wheelbarrows, and scissors have in common? They are all simple machines that use levers to make work easier.