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fischertechnik Introduction to STEM I
fischertechnik Introduction to STEM I introduces your students to everyday technology and exhibits how these simple machines actually work. It is the ideal solution for bringing STEM curriculum to elementary school classrooms. Assist your students in understanding the world of technology around them, while simultaneously creating a solid foundation in STEM concepts that will prepare them for future success. This education set is recommended for grades 2-4, and includes standards-based curriculum.
Learn more about topics covered in this kit in the product description below.
Features of fischertechnik Introduction to STEM I
The fischertechnik Introduction to STEM I set provides an ideal pathway for introducing students to everyday technology, and allowing them to understand how these simple machines actually work.
This set contains 500 pieces along with a detailed, full-color 170 page pictorial assembly manual with instructions for building 40 different models in all. Students can build a centrifugal governor, manual transmission, block and tackle, wind turbine, a beam balance, and more.
Recommended for Grades: 2, 3 and 4
Explore essential STEM concepts, including:
- Simple machines
- Cause and effect
- Energy and matter
- Structure and function
- Stability and change
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
- Energy and motion
- How is energy transferred?
- Systems and system models
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Constructing explanations
- Designing solutions
Resources & Learning Material
- fischertechnik Introduction to STEM I & II
- fischertechnik Videos
- fischertechnik Workshop Program
- Teaching with fischertechnik
- Teaching with fischertechnik Education
- fischertechnik Education Intro STEM Kits
- How to Build a Simple Model with fischertechnik
- How to Use fischertechnik Systems
- fischertechnik Education C-Clamp Sample Curriculum
How the fischertechnik System Works
While at first glance the parts used in the fischertechnik building system might look like those found in other construction sets you have seen or used in the past, don’t be fooled. fischertechnik is in fact a very sophisticated building system constructed around a core building block that allows for attachment from all six sides. While other systems simply stack, fischertechnik uses pins and grooves. Parts are designed to slide together and lock. This video will provide an overview of how the parts fit together, how girders and gears are assembled and used, and much more.
There is also a section included in the curriculum for both Introduction to STEM sets that also features an overview of the material covered in this video.
Build a Simple Model
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with some of the types of parts found in the fischertechnik system, here is a video showing the step-by-step construction of a simple, but functional, two-gear model. The parts used for this model are found in many fischertechnik kits, including the fischertechnik Education Introduction to STEM I set. If you have access to a set, please follow along. You can also download a PDF showing the steps for building this same model.
Customer Reviews and Ratings
5 out of 5 stars 1 Reviews
Great Introduction to Technology Aspects of STEM
by Paul Wing on July 09, 2016
I bought this kit as a trial balloon for an after school STEM enrichment program for kids in grades 2 to 5. It looks ideal for introducing kids to the basics of construction with fischertechnik, with a variety of increasingly complex projects. I like that : - the projects introduce many basic concepts of structural integrity, motion, and energy translation; - many of the projects can be motorized with optional add-ons; - this kit leads seamlessly into the STEM 2 kit which adds sensors and computers to a variety of new projects; - the kit includes basic curricula, learning objectives, and questions for students; - the website has many supporting documents and videos. I think most kids (especially those older than 9 or 10) will want to move on to the STEM 2 projects, which are more complex and interesting. The price point seems very reasonable for what is included in the package.
Location: Upstate NY