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Strawbees Engineering: Innovative Constructs

Strawbees Engineering: Innovative Constructs

Strawbees Engineering combines physics, earth science, and biomechanics into a dynamic learning experience.

Students explore Newton's laws and simple machines, build wind and hydropower models, and design complex machines to solve real-world problems. They'll also delve into sustainable urban planning, understanding how engineering intersects with environmental stewardship. Each module fosters teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity, empowering students to innovate and develop solutions that impact the world around them.

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  • About Strawbees Engineering: Innovative Constructs

    Strawbees Engineering: Innovative Constructs is designed in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), ensuring a comprehensive and balanced approach to STEM education. This course invites young learners to explore engineering principles through engaging, hands-on activities that combine creativity and critical thinking.

    Our curriculum seamlessly integrates STEM principles with English Language Arts (ELA) crossovers, fostering both scientific inquiry and literacy skills. By exploring engineering concepts through Strawbees kits, students enhance their technical abilities while developing problem-solving and communication skills. Each lesson is thoughtfully structured to include a mix of engineering exercises and creative projects, promoting a balance between theoretical learning and practical application.

  • Focus Areas

    Building with Biomes: Students will create animal and biome-themed projects, enhancing their understanding of biomechanics and environmental adaptations. This focus area fosters design thinking, teamwork, and creativity through hands-on engineering challenges.

    Exploring Physics: Students learn Newton's laws and the mechanics of simple machines. By building and testing complex devices, students enhance their problem-solving skills and creativity, applying physics principles to real-world challenges.

    Earth’s Power: Students will build models demonstrating wind and hydropower, and learn urban planning concepts. This focus area emphasizes sustainability, engineering principles, and teamwork, inspiring innovative solutions for a greener future.

  • Principles of Motion

    Students will grasp the core concepts of Newton's laws and simple machines, understanding how forces interact and influence motion in everyday life.

  • Harnessing Natural Power

    Students will learn to construct and analyze models that utilize wind and hydropower, gaining practical knowledge on how these renewable energy sources can be effectively implemented.

  • Eco-Friendly Infrastructure

    Students will explore the principles of sustainable urban planning, developing skills to design solutions that balance human needs with environmental conservation, preparing them for future challenges in urban development.

Sample Lessons

These lessons offer a glimpse into the dynamic and creative world of Strawbees Engineering: Innovative Constructs, showcasing how students can transform their ideas into functional and imaginative projects. Through hands-on activities, students explore engineering principles, enhance their problem-solving skills, and foster creativity and teamwork. Each lesson provides an enriching educational journey, inspiring young innovators to build, explore, and invent.

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Biome Builders - Crafting Nature’s Marvels

Become a Biome Builder and create intricate models inspired by nature! Students will explore different biomes and build projects that mimic the unique adaptations of animals and plants, enhancing their understanding of environmental engineering and design.

Physics Funhouse - Mastering Motion and Force

Enter the Physics Funhouse and unravel the mysteries of motion and force! Students will learn about Newton's laws and simple machines, then apply these principles to build and test their own devices, fostering a deeper understanding of physics in a fun, hands-on way.

Renewable Energy Explorers - Harnessing Earth’s Power

Join the Renewable Energy Explorers and discover the power of wind and water! Students will construct models that demonstrate how renewable energies work, learning vital concepts of sustainability and urban planning while developing innovative engineering solutions.

Animal Architects - Designing with Nature

Step into the role of an Animal Architect and design structures inspired by wildlife! This lesson focuses on biomechanics and environmental adaptations, allowing students to build models that reflect the ingenious designs found in nature.

Engineering Extravaganza - Ultimate Build-Off Challenge

Participate in the Engineering Extravaganza and compete in the ultimate build-off! Students will combine their knowledge of physics, biomechanics, and renewable energy to create complex and innovative projects, showcasing their engineering skills in a thrilling competition.

Course Format

Our curriculum is designed to blend the dynamic structure of afterschool programs with the proven 5E instructional model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.

Each phase is crafted to captivate and retain student interest, fostering a seamless and enriched learning experience.

Engage Phase: We spark curiosity with captivating STEM visuals and thought-provoking prompts to draw students into the subject matter.

Explore Phase: Students embark on their educational journey with clear STEM objectives, supported by an environment that encourages experimentation and learning from mistakes.

Explain Phase: Foundational STEM knowledge is delivered, often integrating concepts from various disciplines to provide a holistic understanding.

Elaborate Phase: Students participate in hands-on STEM projects and activities, reinforcing their learning through practical application and critical thinking exercises.

Evaluate Phase: The journey culminates in reflection, where students assess their achievements and connect their learning to real-world STEM applications.

This structured yet flexible approach ensures every student benefits from a comprehensive, engaging, and reflective STEM educational experience.

Our Instructors Are Our Top Asset

At BAM!, our vision for innovative K-8 education extends beyond just curriculum; it encompasses the educators who bring that curriculum to life. Selecting & training our educators is a continuous and meticulous process, ensuring they are not just equipped with subject matter expertise but also the skills to inspire and connect with students on a personal level.

  • 100% adult educators recruited from prestigious universities ( No CITs at BAM!)
  • Highly refined interview and background check process 
  • Extensive training that goes well beyond curriculum & classroom management
  • Ongoing year-round opportunities to teach in our summer camp. After-school, and structured recess programs.

We celebrate your success!

Upon the conclusion of your child's program, they will be presented with an official Brains & Motion Education certification.