Unit of Instruction

Integrated Engineering Challenges

Middle School
Targeted Grade Level
6th - 8th

Throughout this unit, students are required to apply the knowledge they have gained from previous Kid Spark learning experiences as they develop creative solutions to integrated STEM challenges. As students progress through the unit, they will become confident in their ability to creatively author with technology to solve real-world problems and design new solutions.

Included Lessons
  1. Unit Overview
  2. Automated Gate Challenge
  3. Roadway Redirect Challenge
  4. Retractable Field Challenge
  5. Movable Bridge Challenge
  6. Smart Vault Challenge
Mobile STEM Lab Requirement
Engineering Pathways Mobile STEM Lab
NGSS Learning Dimensions

Scientific & Engineering Practices

  • Developing and using models

  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

  • Planning and carrying out investigations

  • Asking questions and defining problems

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Scale, proportion, and quantity

  • Structure and function

  • Patterns

  • Cause and effect; mechanism and explanation

  • Systems and system models

  • Stability and change

Access Curriculum