Fox Blocks iBuild

iBuild STEM class
The Thinkers, Tinkers and Makers class

Term 4, 2020
Unit: Powered Lego Mechanisms

A class for thinkers, tinkers, and makers (Grades 2 to 4). Our iBuild class is a fun group lesson, with the kids working together to construct, design and engineer lots of different projects.

How is an iBuild class structured? A typical iBuild class will see the students working on a project in pairs or small groups over the 60 minute class. During the class there is a short lesson explanation time and a build time. At the end of the lesson the adults are invited into the classroom to explore what the kids have constructed during class, and hear a short summery from the teacher.

How many kids are in a class? There are 8 to 10 children and one educator in an iBuild class.

What materials do you use? As with all our Fox Blocks courses, iBuild uses a mix of resources throughout the 3 year curriculum. Each term has a core resource (usually Lego, K'Nex, or Fischertechnik) and then adds complimentary resources such as LittleBits, Quadrilla, Snap Circuits, Light Stax, Plus Plus, IQ Key, or Magformers.

In Fox Blocks we teach kids that all resources, big or small, simple or complex, are simply a tool to learn how something works. Often the more simple a resource, the more scope there is for design, invention, creativity, and original ideas. In this way we mix and max our resources to suit our projects. This enables kids to use their 'tools' in ways they may not have used before, and to discover new resources they have not seen before.

How long does a class run for? Each class runs for 60 minutes, and each unit is 9 weeks long.

What do the kids take home each week? Each week a photograph is taken of each child with their completed model. Over the term this builds into a portfolio of work that is collected in the final week of each unit. 

What topics are covered in iBuild? iBuild is a 3 year  curriculum, offering 4 different units each year (one for each school term), and covering a range of topics from junior robotics, town planning, space, structures, and lots more fun and creative concepts.

Coming up in 2020 our units will be as follows:

  • Term 1 - World Wonders - Historical and Civil Engineering
  • Term 2 - Junior Robotics: Animal Antics - Computer Systems & Mechanical Engineering
  • Term 3 - Simple & Powered Lego Mechanisms - Mechanical Engineering
  • Term 4 - Race into Space - Aeronautical Engineering

Where did the Fox Blocks program come from? The Fox Blocks program has been designed and developed by our team of Flying Fox Studios teachers, right here in Brisbane. We have been running the program for over 8 years from our Everton Park studio, and have seen thousands of children attend our classes over the years.

We are passionate about creating a curriculum that focus on all branches of the STEM tree, and not just one part. So throughout our entire Fox Block curriculum you will see all the elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at play.



Term 4, 2020

Powered Lego Mechanisms
Come along and gain a mechanical advantage in this Lego Machines unit that will will stretch our junior engineers in a new direction. Each week, we will construct a new mechanism, learn how it works through scientific experimentation, calculate our results, and investigate how changes to the model affect the performance.

We'll use combinations of gears, pulleys, wheels, axles, magnets, and levers to help us understand forces, motion, equilibrium, surface area, speed, and energy.

To finish each lesson, the students will be invited to apply their knowledge to design and Engineer the best solution to the problem. Are you up for the challenge?


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Term 1 2020 Term 3 2020 Term 4 2020 Term 1 2021
Town Planners ibuild engineering marvels ibuild lego Technical Revolutions
World Wonders Junior Robotics:
Animal Antics
Powered
Lego Machines
Race into Space
FOX BLOCKS

Students must meet the correct age / grade requirements for enrolling in a class at Flying Fox Studios. Students enrolling in iBuild during 2020 must be attending Grades 2, 3 and 4 in 2020. This is our standard policy across all classes, programs, and age groups. Students that are Grade 2 age, but attending Grade 1 in 2020 will be able to enrol into this age group in 2021. This is a firm policy, and out of age enrolments will not be accepted.

Fox Blocks is a program unique to Flying Fox Studios. Written by educators and engineers, it combines play based learning for the littlies, instructional learning for the older kids, and lots of teamwork! You wont' find Fox Blocks in any other studio in Australia as it has been especially designed for Brisbane kids by our Flying Fox Studios educational team.

 Studio Address: 749-753 Southpine Rd Everton Park
(Crn Barton St & South Pine Rd)
Phone: 07 3855 1528
Email: info@flyingfoxstudios.com.au
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