STEM PBL Units enable students to make STEM connections locally and regionally by completing STEM projects and corresponding STEM PBL Activators. The framework of our STEM PBL Units includes a meaningful STEM challenge, authentic inquiry, student choice, applied development, and public engagement. Additionally, all STEM PBL Units contain 3-D printing connections, career connections, and alignment to the national career clusters.
In the Air-Powered Rocketry STEM PBL Unit, students are challenged to complete any of the three Activators chosen by them or the teacher. PBL Activators available include Straw Games, where students design a fun game for all ages; Bird Brigade, where students create an automatic bird scatterer for their community; and Straw Wars, where students participate in a simulated war using straw projectiles.
The unit comes with materials and equipment needed for a class of 24 students, a teacher’s guide containing activity details and instructions, and a guide with three STEM PBL Activators containing starter ideas, cross-curricular connections, a concept map, and career cluster alignment. A Getting Started with STEM PBL e-learning course comes with the purchase of a unit.
Click here to take a look at how Pitsco’s STEM PBL compares to PBLWorks Gold Standard, HQPBL, and the Legacy Cycle.
Click here to download a blank STEM PBL Planning Form.
Note: E-learning course access will be provided via email upon shipping confirmation.
What You’ll Get
- Air-Powered Rocketry STEM PBL Activators guide
- Straw Rockets Teacher’s Guide
- Straw Rocket Refill Packs
- 6 Straw Rocket Launchers
- Storage bin
Air-Powered Rocketry STEM PBL Unit:
Length of Unit: 19-42 days
Tools and Materials Required: Scissors, ruler, and transparent tape
Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses