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Magnetic Transportation STEM PBL Unit

SKU: W46482
A Pitsco Exclusive
$500.00 (USD)
Availability: In Stock


STEM PBL Units enable students to make STEM connections locally and regionally by completing STEM projects and corresponding STEM PBL Activators. The framework of our STEM PBL Units includes a meaningful STEM challenge, authentic inquiry, student choice, applied development, and public engagement. Additionally, all STEM PBL Units contain 3-D printing connections, career connections, and alignment to the national career clusters.

In the Magnetic Transportation STEM PBL Unit, students are challenged to complete any of the three Activators chosen by them or the teacher. PBL Activators available include Floating Freeways, where students design a maglev transportation system for their community; Magnetic Ramps, where students design a magnetic ramp system to assist individuals to exit a building without electricity; and Helpful Magnets, where students research magnetic levitation to design novel uses in their community.

The unit comes with materials and equipment needed for a class of 24 students, a teacher’s guide containing activity details and instructions, and a guide with three STEM PBL Activators containing starter ideas, cross-curricular connections, a concept map, and career cluster alignment. A Getting Started with STEM PBL e-learning course comes with the purchase of a unit.

Click here to take a look at how Pitsco’s STEM PBL compares to PBLWorks Gold Standard, HQPBL, and the Legacy Cycle.

Click here to download a blank STEM PBL Planning Form.

Note: E-learning course access will be provided via email upon shipping confirmation.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 6-8


What You'll Get

  • Magnetic Transportation STEM PBL Activators guide
  • Maglev Vehicles Teacher’s Guide
  • Getting Started with STEM PBL e-learning course
  • 30 Levitator Maglev Vehicles
  • Maglev II Track
  • Storage bin
  • Labels

Learning Values

  • Aerodynamic drag
  • Magnetism
  • Center of mass
  • Design processes
  • Social perspectives
  • Friction reduction
  • Modeling
  • Technological design
  • Problem-solving
  • Measuring time
  • Using formulas
  • Proportions


  • Length of Unit: 19-29
  • Tools and Materials Required: Scissors and double-stick tape
  • Note: Magnet shape may vary.