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Prepare to get your wheels turning with the AP Dragster Maker Project. Students use the provided tools and their imaginations to create AP dragsters and test them with the AP Dragster Launcher. The project includes AP Dragster Pack, AP Dragster Launcher, and a hand pump. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.

$555.00

Design for Speed challenges students to apply STEM knowledge and design skills. Students engage in competitive engineering with the goal of creating the fastest and most eye-pleasing balsa wood or basswood dragster. They first develop a car concept and then build it. After a battery of tests and a speed test of their prototypes, they head back to the drawing board. Students analyze their cars for drag, mass, lift, and conformity to specifications, all with the aim of making the fastest car in the room for the culminating Day at the Races event. An aesthetics competition provides an added dimension and entices students who have an artistic flair.

Extensive web support is included such as online data tracking and exclusive access to instructional videos for each phase of the activity. Teacher familiarity with tool use and woodworking methods is required. The units include 25 Balsa Wood or Basswood Metric Dragster Kits, 24 Metric Dragster Go/No Go Gauges, a Science of Speed Design for Speed Teacher Guide, 24 student logbooks, 100 multiview drawing sheets, and more. The dragster launcher is sold separately.

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The principles of the science of speed – aerodynamics, thrust, friction, Newton’s laws of motion, and so on – are at the heart of many of the most exciting applied physics and engineering projects. Let’s Get Moving, the three-week introductory unit for the Science of Speed 2 program, teaches these concepts through several projects: a pop can engine, a balloon rocket, and air-powered bottle racers. Students not only build their vehicles, they also test them and interpret data for the purposes of reengineering. Each project successively builds on the others, and at the end of the unit, students are ready to move on to the next phase in the Science of Speed process.

The unit can stand alone and comes with everything you need to successfully complete the activities, including 24 AP Bottle Racer Kits, an AP Bottle Racer Launcher, a Science of Speed Let's Get Moving Teacher Guide, 24 student logbooks, and more. The Science of Speed 2 program comes with extensive web support such as exclusive access to instructional videos for each phase of the activity.

$865.00

Combining the quick prototyping capabilities of the TETRIX® PRIME parts with the strength and ruggedness of the MAX parts, this unit focuses on activities and builds that might be used in manufacturing plants. Using an Arduino board and Arduino with ArduBlock software along with various sensors, students program the computer to accomplish tasks that might normally be found in a manufacturing environment. By combining parts from the two products, students build quick prototypes with the strength to accomplish automated activities that address STEM standards.

This three-week unit comes with 12 starter sets. During the unit, students will:

  • Work in teams of two or three students.
  • Utilize parts from both the PRIME and MAX product lines to build robots to complete various tasks that might occur in an automated factory.
  • Complete activities to build necessary skills for each task.
  • Receive a real-world challenge to complete using the skills learned after each set of activities.
  • Complete guided activities and a data sheet included in a logbook that has them gather data for evaluation and improvement of their robot.

Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and Language Arts Standards, and ITEEA technology standards are included. This unit serves 24 students, and add-ons are available for classes larger than 24.

$9,195.00

Using the TETRIX® PRIME R/C Starter Set and adding sensors and an Arduino UNO controller, this unit focuses on creating a robot to complete tasks without operator input. Using an Arduino board and ArduBlock software along with Ultrasonic and Line Finder sensors, students write programs to complete various tasks that increase in complexity. Students use PRIME parts to quickly prototype and test different configurations and overcome additional obstacles. STEM standards are addressed with the engaging activities provided in this unit.

This three-week unit comes with 12 starter sets. During the unit, students will:

  • Work in teams of two to three students.
  • Begin using R/C control and progress to autonomous operation.
  • Use the PRIME R/C Starter Set, additional controller, and sensors set to program a robot to complete tasks.
  • Learn the science behind how each of the sensors functions and how to program them to complete various tasks.
  • Learn to program the robot using ArduBlock and Arduino software.
  • Complete activities to build programming skills to control the robot and interact with sensors.
  • Complete a challenge to finish using the skills learned from the activities after each set of activities.
  • Complete guided activities and data sheets in the logbook that have students gather data for evaluation and improvement of their robot.

Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and Language Arts Standards, and ITEEA technology standards are included. This unit serves 24 students, and add-ons are available for classes larger than 24.

$6,995.00

The principles of building a remote-controlled robot and using this robot to complete various engaging challenges are the focus of this STEM Unit. The TETRIX® PRIME R/C Starter Set is used for the basic building parts for students to construct various robots and complete challenges while addressing science, technology, engineering, math, and language arts standards. The PRIME building system enables students to quickly prototype a variety of robots, test them, and engineer them for improved performance.

This three-week unit comes with 12 starter sets. During the unit, students will:

  • Work in teams of two students.
  • Use the PRIME R/C Starter Set with additional parts to assemble robots that will be used to demonstrate gear ratios, levers, and mechanical advantage.
  • Complete activities to build skills in using gears to perform specific tasks such as speed up the movement of the robot, slow down the movement of the robot, make control easier, lift a heavier load, or raise an object higher.
  • Receive a challenge to complete using the skills learned after each of the three activities. Each challenge culminates with a competition among students with their robots.
  • Complete guided activities and a data sheet included in a logbook that has them gather data for evaluation and improvement of their robot.

Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and Language Arts Standards, and ITEEA technology standards are included. This unit serves 24 students, and add-ons are available for classes larger than 24.

$4,895.00

Want three robotics curriculum units? This package provides everything necessary to incrementally implement TETRIX® PRIME Robotics: Remote Control, TETRIX PRIME Robotics: Autonomous, and TETRIX Robotics: Automation Manufacturing. This package includes 12 TETRIX PRIME Starter Sets and all curriculum, materials, and activities from the other three packages, which combine for nine weeks of robotics.

In the unit TETRIX PRIME Robotics: Remote Control, students will:

  • Work in teams of two students.
  • Use the PRIME Starter Set with additional parts to assemble robots that will be used to demonstrate gear ratios, levers, and mechanical advantage.
  • Complete activities to build skill in using gears to perform specific tasks such as speed up the movement of the robot, slow down the movement of the robot, make control easier, lift a heavier load, or raise an object higher.
  • Receive a challenge to complete using the skills learned after each of the three activities. Each challenge culminates with a competition among students with their robots.
  • Complete guided activities and complete a data sheet included in a logbook that has them gather data for evaluation and improvement of their robot.

In the unit TETRIX PRIME Robotics: Autonomous, students will:

  • Work in teams of two to three students.
  • Begin using R/C control and progress to autonomous operation.
  • Use the PRIME Starter Set and an additional controller and sensors set to program a robot to complete tasks.
  • Learn the science behind how each of the sensors functions and how to program them to complete various tasks.
  • Learn to program the robot using ArduBlock and Arduino software.
  • Complete activities to build programming skills to control the robot and interact with sensors.
  • Receive a challenge to complete using the skills learned from the activities after each set of activities.
  • Complete guided activities and complete data sheets in the logbook that have them gather data for evaluation and improvement of their robot.

In the unit TETRIX PRIME: Automation Manufacturing, students will:

  • Work in teams of two or three students.
  • Utilize parts from both the PRIME and MAX product lines to build robots to complete various tasks that might occur in an automated factory.
  • Complete activities to build necessary skills for each task.
  • Receive a real-world challenge to complete using the skills learned after each set of activities.
  • Complete guided activities and complete a data sheet included in a logbook that has them gather data for evaluation and improvement of their robot.

Correlations to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and Language Arts Standards, and ITEEA Technology Standards are included for each unit.

$10,995.00

Pitsco’s 3-D Printing: Vehicle Engineering Package enables students to create prototype components and other parts, which is rapidly becoming a normal part of the engineering process.

This package includes:

  • 3-D printer, Afinia H800 model
  • 3-D software for PC and Mac
  • 3-D Printing: Vehicle Engineering Curriculum
  • Handling tools
  • ABS filament
  • Competition catalog (5)
  • 3-D Printing: Vehicle Engineering Class Pack (axles, wheels, motors, and so on)
  • 3-D Printing: Vehicle Engineering Notebooks (250)

No assembly is needed for the printer, but it does require the use of a wall outlet and a computer. System Requirements: PC – Windows XP/Vista/7; Mac – OSX.

$4,225.00

Ailerons, elevators, empennage, rudder – all are terms pertaining to aircraft, but could you or your students explain their functions? Students will gain insight into aircraft flight as they design and test their own airfoils. The construction of their own control-line flying model airplanes will further enhance their understanding of airplane structures. This pack is truly hands on, and each student will have a real flying model airplane upon completion of the activity.

Top-grade balsa wood, adhesives, and all other materials needed for the wing design and flying model airplane activities are included. To pilot the student through the processes (pun intended), a copy of Steve Bachmeyer’s book, Aircraft Structures, is included. Includes enough materials for 25 students. Requires hobby knife, sold separately.

$205.00

This is everything you need to start an introductory dragster activity in your classroom. Features the AP Dragster Designer, which enables students to explore design, aerodynamics, friction, and other concepts.

Includes the following items that can be purchased individually:

  • AP Dragster Designer 30-Pack (36300)
  • AP Dragster Launcher (36020)
  • Hand Pump (34417)

Requires shaping tools such as a coping saw, wood shaver, and sanding stick or sandpaper, sold separately.

$525.00

How do you show young students the basic concepts of force and motion? Try this activity using a plastic bottle to create a racer that flies down the track and is powered by air pressure. These are fun to build, and students personalize their racers with paint, decals, or other items.

Pack includes the kits, launcher, tire pump, and other items needed to lead the activity. Track length is 35' to 40'.

$375.00

Design your bottle and get to racing with the AP Bottle Racer Maker Project. Students decide how to design their bottle and launch it down the track to see whose bottle is the fastest. The project comes with the AP Bottle Racer Class Pack, AP Bottle Racer Launcher, AP Racer Nozzles, and a Deluxe Port Pump. For convenience, the project also comes with labels, a bin, and a bin prep sheet for storage and organization.

$395.00
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