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SAM STEAM complete level 01

7-9
English

Download Lesson Plans, Teacher Slides and Student Workbooks for SAM STEAM level 1.

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 a melody 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 conditional, ‘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.

1.12 Round and Round

7-9
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will explore the requirements for rounding numbers; when do I round up to the next 10, when do I round down ? Students will build a system to alert them which direction to round: up or down.

Level 1 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.S.)

The Level 1 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.S. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Common Core State Standards for ELA
  • CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • NAfME Core Music Standards

Level 1 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.K.)

The Level 1 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.K. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • U.K. National Curriculum for:
    • Computing (+ CAS progression pathways)
    • Science
    • English
    • Design and Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Geography
    • Music

SAM STEAM complete level 02

8-10
English

Download Lesson Plans, Teacher Slides and Student Workbooks for SAM STEAM level 2.

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 will look at the use of sensors within “smart” technology and how sensors can optimize everyday objects and tasks. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by designing a smart doorbell that features light, image capture and sound.

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 Energy in Motion

8-10
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will work collaboratively to investigate how the speed of an object relates to its energy and how energy can be transferred resulting in motion of a stationary object.

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 non-prime (composite) number. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by building a SAM system which verifies if a number is prime or non-prime (composite).

Level 2 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.S.)

The Level 2 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.S. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Common Core State Standards for ELA
  • CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • NAfME Core Music Standards

Level 2 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.K)

The Level 2 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.K. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • U.K. National Curriculum for:
    • Computing (+ CAS progression pathways)
    • Science
    • English
    • Design and Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Music

SAM STEAM complete level 03

9-11
English

Download Lesson Plans, Teacher Slides and Student Workbooks for SAM STEAM level 3.

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 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 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 better fulfill 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 reflects from objects and enters the eye allowing objects to be seen. Students will build and program a SAM Lighthouse to test how light is reflected.

3.7 SAM Spider

9-11
Intermediate
English

During this lesson, students will learn about the 5 senses and how these are received and ultimately determine how we react. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a SAM Spider that reacts based on 2 senses; touch and sight.

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.

3.12 Rocks and Wind

9-11
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will learn about the four spheres that make up the Earth and how they can interact with each other; focusing on the interaction of the atmosphere on the geosphere. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a system to simulate the speed and sound of the wind and the impact of the wind on a model rock formation.

Level 3 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.S.)

The Level 3 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.S. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Common Core State Standards for ELA
  • CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • NAfME Core Music Standards

Level 3 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.K.)

The Level 3 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.K. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • U.K. National Curriculum for:
    • Computing (+ CAS progression pathways)
    • Science
    • English
    • Design and Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Geography

SAM STEAM complete level 04

10-12
English

Download Lesson Plans, Teacher Slides and Student Workbooks for SAM STEAM level 4.

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

During this lesson, students will learn what a strong, secure password is and how to create a password. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by programming two systems; one that requires a range of passwords and one that requires just one.

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 different eye colors.

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 Solar Energy

10-12
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will learn about energy from renewable and nonrenewable sources. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a solar powered fan and vehicle which enables renewable energy.

4.10 Random Numbers

10-12
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will analyze the results of rolling a die a number of times. They will explore number distribution and measures of center (mean, median, mode and midrange). Students will integrate and exhibit learning by programming a system that allows them to enter random numbers, generated by 2 dice, into SAM Blockly. Then, students will use SAM Blockly to generate random numbers.

4.11 Kinetic Energy and Mass

10-12
Advanced
English

During this lesson, students will learn about kinetic energy and how molecular structures, related to the mass of the object, can directly affect the amount kinetic energy. It is advised that students have a basic understanding of simple and complex molecular structures prior to this lesson. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by demonstrating that mass affects the kinetic energy. Students will capture and interrogate data through their experiment.

Level 4 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.S.)

The Level 4 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.S. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Common Core State Standards for ELA
  • CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards
  • NAfME Core Music Standards

Level 4 - Curriculum Alignment Map (U.K)

The Level 4 - Curriculum Alignment Map for U.K. educators provides detailed information as to how our STEAM curriculum aligns to learning outcomes. Organised by level, each map identifies specific education standards that each lesson satisfies. Currently, our curriculum is mapped to the following standards:

  • U.K. National Curriculum for:
    • Computing (+ CAS progression pathways)
    • Science
    • English
    • Design and Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Geography

5.2 Lunar Phases

11-13
Beginner
English

This is a SAMPLE lesson from our grades 6-8, ages 11-14 module. 

During this lesson, students will learn about the Moon, its position in the solar system and the 8 lunar phases created through its orbit. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by creating a working model and programming aSAM Blocklysystem to demonstrate the Moon’s orbit and lunar phases.

6.3 Binary Patterns

12-14
Beginner
English

This is a SAMPLE lesson from our grades 6-8, ages 11-14 module. 

During this lesson, students will make use of hex codes to define color. It is therefore recommended that students have an understanding of binary, denary and hex conversion methods. Students will integrate and exhibit learning by programming a system utilizing SAM Blocklyto define a hex color and visualize the color on the RGB LED block.

1.1 Licht und Schatten

7-9
Beginner
German

In dieser Lektion erhalten die Schüler ein Verständnis dafür, wie sich Licht und Schatten auf unser alltägliches Leben auswirken. Sie werden mit verschiedenen Helligkeiten experimentieren, um zu verstehen, wie Schatten gebildet werden. Die Schüler werden überlegen, wie das menschliche Auge Farben wahrnimmt, Schatten messen, die durch verschiedene Lichtfarben entstehen, und ihre Ergebnisse präsentieren.