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My STEM Kits: K-12 Curriculum and Kits

Affordable, engaging, and instructional 3D-manipulatives backed with vetted, interdisciplinary curriculum. Keywords: school, education

My STEM Kits: K-12 Curriculum and Kits

Affordable, engaging, and instructional 3D-manipulatives backed with vetted, interdisciplinary curriculum. Keywords: school, education

$10,668
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 1 2015 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

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UPDATE: NOW OFFERING INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!

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UPDATE: NOW INCLUDING A NEW KIT AS A DIGITAL FILE WITH EVERY PLEDGE OF $20 OR MORE! CHECK THE UPDATES PAGE FOR EXACT DETAILS, BUT HERE'S A SNEAK PEAK:

Here's a sample of the moths and quadrat models in use together! Check out our Updates Page for exact details and more images of this kit!
Here's a sample of the moths and quadrat models in use together! Check out our Updates Page for exact details and more images of this kit!

 Who We Are

We are a group of educators, artists, technology specialists, and businessmen committed to bringing affordable, engaging, and instructional 3D manipulatives to K-12 education. We feel that learning is best accomplished when it can be felt and interacted with, but that manipulatives by themselves are not enough. This is why all of our STEM kits come backed with vetted, interdisciplinary curriculum written by teachers and content-area experts.

Our Partners

We’ve partnered with the brilliant minds at Florida State University’s CPALMS to bring you solid curriculum written and developed by their team of teachers and content-area experts.

We’ve also joined up with HipScience to integrate their Mantis Sensors into our kits for a technological and modern approach to classic scientific teaching.

How We Work

We work on a daily basis with the CPALMS team to ensure that all of our kits exceed teacher expectations. The kits and curriculum are designed concurrently and so they enhance each other and ensure that both products are as effective and engaging as possible. Through an iterative design process, we determine not only the best design from a pedagogical standpoint, we also ensure that the kit is as economical as possible.

What We Offer

Currently we offer our kits in two different formats, the Basic Kit and the Kit Plus. The Basic Kit comes with just the plastic parts and the lesson plan. The Kit Plus includes all additional materials required to assemble and use the kit.

These comprehensive lesson plans include not only teacher instructions, but also additional resources such as video explanations, worksheets, and guiding questions.


Kit Information
The kits are being offered in two different methods (All prices include shipping):

The Kit BASIC includes just the plastic parts and the lesson plans that accompany them.

The Kit PLUS includes additional lab supplies necessary to use the product, such as meter sticks, pencils, ball-bearings, lenses, etc. In the case of the Rocket Kit, it includes the parts and instructions for building our specially-designed Rocket Launcher.

Note, the Kit PLUS *DOES NOT* include the sensors. Those will be available for purchase through http://www.hip-sci.com/ . Visit there for more information on what each sensor can do.

If the description does not specify the kit as either the Kit BASIC or Kit PLUS, then there are no outside materials needed and we will send you all the plastic parts required to run the lesson plan.

If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them!

Kit Descriptions

SOLD INDIVIDUALLY

Rocket Launch Kit

This exciting kit includes a variety of ready-to-fly rocket components, an adjustable-angle launcher (Kit plus only), and a pressure gauge (Kit plus only). Bringing a focus on consistency, this kit provides an interactive and engaging way to examine experimental design and variables related to rocket flight forces and motion.

Rocket Launch Kit
Rocket Launch Kit

Density Cube Kit

Featuring nine cubes representing three different volumes and three different densities, this kit of visually-identical cubes demonstrates the relationship of mass and density. When dropped into water, one cube of each volume will sink, one will float, and the third will be able to attain neutral buoyancy with minor adjustments to water temperature and salinity.

Density Cube Kit in action
Density Cube Kit in action
Density Cube Kit
Density Cube Kit

 DNA Kit

This interactive kit brings the structure and composition of DNA, RNA, and proteins to the classroom in manipulative form. Built out of interlocking ball-joints, flexible nucleic acid and polypeptide models can be disassembled and reassembled with ease. Integrating RNA and amino acid components, this kit allows for hands-on exploration of DNA replication, DNA transcription, and mRNA translation.

DNA Kit
DNA Kit
DNA Sampler

Made up of 3 base pairs, this small model is enough to give you a sense of what we can do, as well as a fun thing to place on your desk. Utilizing the same ball-joint system as the full DNA kit, it is flexible and rearrangeable. 

DNA Sampler
DNA Sampler

Catapult

Designed with the classroom in mind, this catapult accounts for a great degree of scientific accuracy within a framework designed for flexibility. Featuring easily adjustable yet designated angles, variable-mass projectiles, and a backstop (to ensure consistency in launch energy), this kit ensures consistent data. Providing an engaging look at projectile motion, data generation, and statistical analysis, this kit can be used in a multitude of ways in the classroom or out of it.

Catapult Kit
Catapult Kit

LAB IN A BOX

A comprehensive science kit, this modular system features 6 physics lesson plans, 4 earth/space science lesson plans, 1 biology lesson plan, and 1 nature of science lesson plan designed to engage students and facilitate hands-on learning.

Complete Lab in a Box Kit
Complete Lab in a Box Kit
Optics Bench

This kit provides all the pieces needed to examine the refraction and reflection of light through a variety of experiments. Utilizing a modular design, it adds an element of accuracy by precisely indicating the distances between the objects in play.

Optics Bench
Optics Bench

Pulley System

This kit offers an exploratory look into simple machines and the effect pulleys have on the amount of Force needed to lift an object.

Pulleys
Pulleys

New York Balance

This hands-on kit allows for an exploratory look at the effectiveness of lever arms and creates an interactive environment for students to casually learn and understand complex interactions within simple machines. Additionally, because the hooks have the same mass as the weights, it offers an integrated approach to proportional reasoning.

New York Balance Standalone
New York Balance Standalone
New York Balance integrated with Lab in a Box Setup
New York Balance integrated with Lab in a Box Setup

Ramp

Available with numerous attachments and add-ons, it creates the perfect base for a variety of studies on forces in motion.

Car – Featuring a modular design, this car can be utilized to explore the change in motion based on varying mass and angle of incline. It is also designed to work with a motion sensor to generate graphs of motion data.

Ramp Car Add Ons
Ramp Car Add Ons

Ping-Pong Ball – Featuring a lesson plan about accuracy of measurement, this simple kit will demonstrate clearly a fundamental principle in science.

Ping Pong Ball Ramp Set
Ping Pong Ball Ramp Set

Inertia Shapes – By creating two cylinders that are identical in mass, volume, and shape, while adjusting where the weight is relative to the object, this kit provides an exploration of the concepts of angular momentum.

Inertia Shapes Ramp Set
Inertia Shapes Ramp Set

Coriolis Effect

This free-spinning kit allows for interactive investigation of a mathematical model that can be used to understand the underlying phenomenon that generates the Coriolis Effect. Students completing an investigation with this model will be poised to better understand and explain physical wind and ocean phenomena related to Earth’s rotation.

Coriolis Effect
Coriolis Effect

Angular Momentum

This model allows for a visual- spatial exploration of torque and the relationship of mass distribution and rotational motion.  Featuring a quick-release pushing mechanism, students can easily generate consistent data across repeated trials. Designed to work with or without the Force and Motion Sensor.

Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum

Albedo Effect

By combining a subset of components from the Lab-in-a-Box kit and the Weather Station sensor, students will be able to explore reflection and absorption of solar radiation by a variety of objects under variable lighting conditions.

Albedo Effect with Weather Station Sensor
Albedo Effect with Weather Station Sensor

Temperature Tower

This sensor-enabled kit allows students to explore principles related to conduction of heat and how a variety of natural surfaces absorb and re-radiate heat to warm the atmosphere.

Temperature Tower
Temperature Tower

Gravity, Mass, and Distance

This out-of-this-world kit features a modular design that allows students to model mass and gravity relationships between two or more celestial bodies. With a sliding design that incorporates a meter stick, a large number of problems are able to be constructed.

Gravity, Mass, and Distance
Gravity, Mass, and Distance

Quadrat

A perfect tool for biological sampling, this straightforward kit provides a one-meter square with attachments to subdivide it further using the values indicated on the meter stick.

NEW AND IMPROVED DESIGN! - Quadrat
NEW AND IMPROVED DESIGN! - Quadrat
New design close-up of the Quadrat
New design close-up of the Quadrat

MATH STARTER KIT

Providing an interdisciplinary backdrop, this hands-on math kit provides novel ways for students to engage with math principles. Featuring 9 geometry lesson plans, as well as 2 statistics and 1 algebra lesson plan, this kit provides a tangible and interactive learning environment.

Complete Math Starter Kit
Complete Math Starter Kit

Windfarm

Through experimenting with the different turbine blades provides in this kit, students will develop an understanding of the complex relationship between surface area, mass, and turbine efficiency within the context of a socially relevant setting.

Windfarm
Windfarm

Sliced Geometric Primitives

These pre-sliced three-dimensional cube and cone models can be used to explore the two-dimensional faces formed when a plane intersects a geometric primitive. Multiple intersections allow students to explore a multitude of resulting two-dimensional faces.

Sliced Geometric Primitives
Sliced Geometric Primitives

Hypercube

A build-it-yourself kit, the students will interactively explore the extrapolation from a point, to a line, to a square and so forth until they create the hypercube, a three-dimensional representation of a four-dimensional object.

Hypercube
Hypercube

Catapult

Designed with the classroom in mind, this catapult accounts for a great degree of scientific accuracy within a framework designed for flexibility. Featuring easily adjustable yet designated angles, variable-mass projectiles, and a backstop (to ensure consistency in launch energy), this kit ensures consistent data. Providing an engaging look at projectile motion, data generation, and statistical analysis, this kit can be used in a multitude of ways in the classroom or out of it.

Catapult Kit (again)
Catapult Kit (again)

Scaling Monuments

This kit develops an understanding of volume, area, and scale, while integrating a social studies element by utilizing the landmarks of Washington, D.C. USA.

Scaling Monuments
Scaling Monuments

Volume Geometry

This simple kit of manipulatives beautifully illustrates the interconnectedness between dimension and volume while seeking to remedy the misconception that edge length and volume scale equally.The kit includes two sets of geometric primitives. One set includes 4 cones and 4 cubes with each model doubling in volume. The other set includes 3 cones and 3 cubes which progressively double the edge-length. Students will be able to easily measure dimensions and calculate volume for each object.

Volume Geometry
Volume Geometry

Loaded Dice

Leveraging the unique capabilities of 3D printing, two out of three included dice have been cleverly weighted to roll non-randomly, but look nearly identical from the outside. Incorporation of a hidden design element allows the teacher to distinguish between the loaded and normal dice. This engaging model will be sure to get your students rolling.

Note- this kit only includes the enclosed dice. The open dice pictured are simply so you can see what they look like on the interior.

Loaded dice set with interior view
Loaded dice set with interior view

Shipping Packages

Set within a real-world scenario, this kit discusses geometry, area, and volume through shipping constraints.

Shipping Packages
Shipping Packages
Pythagorean Proof

A visually-intuitive kit, this simple set up provides a clear illustration of the Pythagorean Proof. Students can move the triangles around and come to realize on their own that the base shape’s visible area stays the same and that therefore, a squared +b squared = c squared.

Pythagoras Proof A squared + B squared
Pythagoras Proof A squared + B squared
Pythagoras Proof C squared
Pythagoras Proof C squared

Human Allometry

An integrated math and science lesson, this kit explores the ratios of different body parts within the whole as a human grows from birth to adulthood.

Human Allometry
Human Allometry

Load-Bearing Test

By examining the way differently-shaped and differently dense prisms handle a load being placed on them, students can gain a real-world understanding of geometry uses in structural design work.

Load Bearing Test
Load Bearing Test

Pantograph

Integrating art, technology, and engineering, this pantograph provides a visually-stimulating understanding of ratios and proportions. By drawing with the pencil nearest the fulcrum, students will see the pantograph draw a replica at twice that size.

Pantograph - Upgraded!
Pantograph - Upgraded!

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Comments:

* These two kits are still under development. If we find we cannot get them up to our high level of satisfaction, we may trade them out for a kit in the same field of study. We do not anticipate needing to do this, but we do not want to send out any kits which are not going to work well, every time.

On a similar note, all kits pictured here are likely to be identical (except for color) to what you receive. We do, however, believe in a constant state of improvement, so some of the kits may be slightly altered prior to shipping if we find it increases usability. Thank you for your understanding.

Risks and challenges

Generally, there are very few risks. We've finalized almost all of our kits, and are prepared to trade out the last couple that we haven't if we are unable to make them the best they can possibly be. We promise we won't send out anything that isn't going to exceed your expectations, but we also won't let this stand in the way of an on-time delivery.

The curriculum is still being written, but the concept development behind the ideas is already solid, and so we foresee no hold-ups on that end.

The only other potential difficulty comes with a few parts we are intending to injection mold. This process is notorious on Kickstarter for delays, but we have worked with our mold-making company before, and they have remarkably fast turnaround time, often sending finished parts within a week or two. We're also only injection molding a few parts, and will be either 3D printing or silicon molding the rest of the pieces, and we've personally tested these mediums in-depth to ensure the process will work flawlessly every time.

If you have any concerns, we are happy to answer any questions you might have.

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