About the Curriculum
The Techbridge curriculum is designed to interest kids in STEM, promote inquiry, and highlight real-world applications so kids can see how STEM careers make the world a better place. It can be used with girls and boys in a variety of out-of-school time settings, including afterschool programs, summer programs, and youth groups. All units are appropriate for middle school students; many activities can be simplified for use with younger grades, while others can be made more in-depth and complex for high school students. The units can be led by afterschool line staff, teachers of all backgrounds, by troop leaders, and others.
They may seem like simple games, but icebreakers are an important way for kids to have fun, get energized, and make new friends. Each icebreaker activity helps kids problem solve, work together as a team, overcome challenges, practice public speaking, and exercise leadership.
From working on goal-setting icebreakers to creating advertisements for college majors to designing board games about their roads to careers, kids explore a future in science and technology in ways that fuel their inspiration and excitement.
The field of structural engineering is brought to life as kids build structures from everyday materials. Just like the professionals, kids plan for safety, performance, and cost of materials. They also test important parameters of each structure, such as how fast a marble can roll through their foam roller coaster.
Kids analyze existing designs by taking apart hair dryers and other household appliances, and research, design, and prototype their own toy inventions. They get hands-on experience with the engineering design process and learn how to be creative within a structured format.
The activities in this unit introduce kids to chemical manipulation and chemical processes, letting them use their knowledge of chemistry and problem solving to explore the world of chemical engineering.
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