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1.1 Light and Shadow

7-9
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how light and shadows affect our everyday life. They will experiment with light brightness to understand how shadows are formed. Students will consider how the human eye perceives color, measuring the shadows created by different colored lights and presenting their results.

1.2 Compose a Song

7-9
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain an understanding of music therapy and that music is composed of notes. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by performing a song which uses the Do-Re-Mi scale.

1.3 Design a Habitat

7-9
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how living things require certain elements in order to thrive in an interdependent ecosystem. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by designing a sea turtle habitat which requires sunshine and seawater in order to function.

1.4 Smart Lighting Systems

7-9
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain an understanding of what ‘Smart Technology’ is and how to identify a device that is ‘Smart’ and link it to ‘Smart’ lighting systems. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by replicating components of a smart lighting system.

1.5 Time's Up

7-9
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating an addition/subtraction game that enables them to practice.

1.6 Build It Up, Break It Down

7-9
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will investigate how a house can be built, disassembled and rebuilt using a small set of pieces and a variety of materials. They will create a SAM Earthquake Simulator to test the effectiveness of their structure.

1.7 Seed Dispersal

7-9
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of seed dispersal as the movement or transport of seeds away from the parent plant​. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by ​designing a SAM Robo Squirrel that mimics seed dispersion.

1.8 Earthquake Alert

7-9
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how technology can be used to reduce the impact of a weather-related hazard. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by designing a SAM Earthquake Alert that will warn people when an earthquake is starting.

1.9 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

7-9
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will learn to recycle, working collaboratively to estimate, measure and sort recyclable and non-recyclable objects. They will integrate and exhibit learning by building a SAM Recycling Machine. Students will create a pictograph of their results.

1.10 Interactive Storybook

7-9
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will write a creative story and work collaboratively to create an interactive element of their story. Their storybook can be used to encourage reluctant or younger readers to explore literature.

1.11 SAM Safe

7-9
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will learn about algorithms and boolean (if/then) statements. Students will work collaboratively to design and test an alarm system for a SAM safe using a variety of sensors which produce different kinds of alerts.

2.1 Night Light

8-10
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how a product has a purpose when it is designed and built. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by designing a night light that changes color and creates a moving pattern.

 

2.2 Music Box

8-10
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how systems and devices for storing and streaming music have evolved. This technology enables people to listen to music. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by designing a 21st century SAM Music Box that stores and streams a melody.

2.3 Sow and Grow

8-10
Beginner
English

This lesson requires two instructional sessions, with 1 week (7 days) between sessions. During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how change occurs in plant life over time. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by identifying and recording perceptible changes in plant growth.

2.4 Resistance and Friction

8-10
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students learn the concept of friction and the difference between helpful and unhelpful friction. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a car and testing it on different surfaces to investigate how friction affects movement.

2.5 Smart Doorbell

8-10
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students learn about concept of friction and the difference between helpful and unhelpful friction. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a car and testing it on different surfaces to investigate how friction affects movement.

2.6 Magnetic Forces

8-10
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will work collaboratively to investigate cause and effect of magnetic interactions. They will build a SAM Magnetic Car in order to measure the effect magnets have on the car’s movement.

2.7 Drum Simulator

8-10
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how the speed of an object is related to the energy of that object. Students will design their own SAM Drum Simulator that will be able to hit a drum at varying degrees of force depending on the set speed.

2.8 Erosion

8-10
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of water erosion and the effects on landscape. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a system to generate waves, demonstrating the effect erosion has on sand.

2.9 Paired Up Numbers

8-10
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will investigate the factors of numbers with the goal of discovering factor pairs. Students will build a SAM Factoring Machine to identify factors of a number and its factor pair.

2.10 There Can Be Only, Two

8-10
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will use their knowledge of prime numbers, between 2 and 10, to determine if a number more than 10 but less than 100 is a prime or composite number. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by building a SAM system which verifies if a number is prime and or composite.

3.1 Properties of Matter

9-11
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how an object is described by its properties as well as how physical properties can change. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a SAM system to capture physical changes to an ice cube.

3.2 Morse Code

9-11
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will learn how Morse Code enabled efficient, fast communication before voice transmission was possible. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by programming a functioning Morse Code transmission system and use it to send messages.

3.3 Guitar

9-11
Beginner
English

During this lesson students will gain understanding of how stringed instruments are designed to produce different kinds of music. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by programming and playing a SAM guitar.

3.4 Earthquake Simulator

9-11
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of what an earthquake is and how they are caused. Students explore how buildings are constructed to be earthquake-proof. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by programming a SAM Earthquake Simulator to test the fidelity of their straw structures.

3.5 Mars Rover

9-11
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will identify two possible solutions for designing the steering mechanism for Mars Rover. Students will compare and contrast the capabilities of each design in order to determine which design allows the Rover to fulfil its main objective. Students will test and improve their design through a timed task.

3.6 The Lighthouse

9-11
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will investigate how light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen. Students will build and program a SAM Lighthouse to test how light is reflected.

3.7 SAM Insect

9-11
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will work collaboratively to investigate how information is transferred throughout the body. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a SAM insect that responds to different information and mimics information transfer.

3.8 Lava Lamp

9-11
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how two substances can be mixed together to create new substances. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by combining two substances, creating a SAM lava lamp.

3.9 Describing Expressions

9-11
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will write and physically model mathematical expressions. Using SAM Blockly to further their understanding, students will learn multiple ways to write a mathematical expression. Please note, students should have basic familiarity with the Blockly application before this lesson.

3.10 Comparing Expressions

9-11
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will explore the result of expressions that make use of numerical values and parentheses. Students will write expressions in SAM Blockly and comparing the results of expressions. Lesson 3.9 Describing Expressions is a useful prerequisite to this lesson.

3.11 Apostrophe

9-11
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will learn how an apostrophe is used. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by building a game to investigate apostrophes for possession and contraction.

4.1 Exploring Circuits

10-12
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how electricity is used to run common appliances, parts that make up a simple circuit and the difference between open and closed circuits. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating an electrical circuit.

4.2 Earth and Orbit

10-12
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of what an orbit is and how it varies for different planets. Students will develop a mnemonic to remember the order of planets. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a SAM system to demonstrate planets orbiting the sun.

4.3 Night and Day

10-12
Beginner
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of how the Earth spins on its axis around the sun, creating day, night and different seasons across the world. Students will demonstrate and exhibit learning by modelling Earth on its axis and programming a sunrise.

4.4 Morse Code Alert

10-12
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will extend their knowledge of Morse Code, its use during wartime and how it supported communication. Students will demonstrate and exhibit learning by creating an a Morse alert system utilizing light and sound. This lesson builds on 3.2 Morse Code. 

4.5 Patterns and Passwords

10-12
Intermediate
English

This lesson requires two instructional sessions (approximately 90 minutes). In the first session, students will gain understanding of the importance of secure passwords and keeping their digital information safe. They will also develop fluency with AND logic gates. In the second session, students will learn about chaining AND gates and be introduced to the NOR logic gate. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating systems which are activated after pressing a series of keys or dots (as on a smartphone).

4.6 Every Action...

10-12
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of Newton’s Third Law of Motion; every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by building a SAM car and programming a system to study the third law in action.

4.7 Exploring Heredity

10-12
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will work collaboratively to investigate heredity and how our parents genes combine to create our own unique genetic signature. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by designing a system that demonstrates how allele combinations produce certain physical traits.

4.8 Grey or Ginger Kittens

10-12
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will investigate how genetic variation of traits increase chance of survival. They will build a system using SAM Blocklyto show the randomization of gene selection and investigate which traits are advantageous to an animal’s survival.

4.9 Water Dispenser

10-12
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will gain understanding of the positive and negative ways that humans can impact on the environment. Students will design and create their own self monitoring water dispensing machine, as one possible solution to the issue of water scarcity.

4.10 Ratio

10-12
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will work with collections of physical objects, stating the ratios between groups. Students will explore what happens to the ratio when items are added or removed. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by programming a SAM system to keep track of ratios: totals and components.