Kid Spark Education (formally Rokenbok Education) is a nonprofit organization working with educators to provide fun, hands-on engineering education programs that help all children, especially children from underrepresented communities, develop STEM identity and technology fluency.

Kid Spark Education programs make it possible for any caring educator to teach STEM, even with their youngest students. The elementary and middle school programs are especially effective at helping children to see themselves as critical thinkers and problem solvers.

 

All Kid Spark Education programs include curriculum, educational media (called Mobile STEM Labs), and online professional learning.

Which program are you interested in?

Kid Spark Education also offers supplemental labs:

Visit our Kid Spark Education YouTube channel.

Please visit Kid Spark Education's website, use the links above, or contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

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Elementary School Program - incl. ROK Blocks Mobile STEM Lab

Everything you need to teach young students the fundamentals of STEM is right here, including curriculum, educational media, and professional learning modules. You can build STEM confidence and skills in even the youngest students.

CURRICULUM

 

Phase 1 - Foundational Fluencies


Educators mentor students to develop foundational capacities prerequisite to all STEM learning, like spatial reasoning, problem-solving, and symbolization. While many students learn these fluencies at home, this phase helps fill in critical gaps that may exist, especially for underserved students.

Phase 2 - STEM Fundamentals


Students begin exploring applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, and robotics. Students focus on intuitive concepts like how to make things strong and how to make things move. As a result, they gain confidence in their ability to use technology to design solutions to problems.

Register for free to access the entire Kid Spark curriculum & professional development library

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Good news for anyone who's feeling a little nervous about teaching STEM: any caring teacher can be an elementary STEM mentor with the help of Kid Spark Education.

With a little training and hands-on practice, teaching STEM through Kid Spark isn't just easy - it's fun, too.

MOBILE STEM LABS

The entire Kid Spark Elementary School curriculum can be taught using the same two labs year after year, across grade levels and topics. Simply roll your lab where you need it and distribute a single lab to each team of four students.

ROK Blocks Mobile STEM Lab

The ROK Blocks Lab supports the Kid Spark Elementary Program (PK-5) and is perfect for children without any previous STEM experience. The carefully curated materials in the lab are organized and unintimidating; the large scale elements allow for collaborative learning. As your students progress through the lessons, they engage in key engineering practices that include gathering information, explaining how things work, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

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The ROK Blocks Mobile STEM Lab supports 16-32 students
 
Middle School Program - incl. Engineering Pathways
Mobile STEM Lab

Everything you need to teach your students to author with technology to solve problems and create new solutions is right here, including curriculum, educational media, and professional learning modules.

CURRICULUM

Phase 1 - Applications in Design & Engineering


Students build on what they’ve learned in the Elementary School program to explore STEM concepts from their everyday world, authoring with technology to solve problems and create new solutions. Projects focus on structural & mechanical engineering as well as remote control robotics.

Phase 2 - Systems of Technology


Students learn to use multiple technologies to create system solutions. Explorations include mechanical and structural engineering, computer-aided design and 3D printing, programmable robotics, and integrated design challenges. These experiences help students increase their curiosity and confidence in STEM concepts.

Register for free to access the entire Kid Spark curriculum & professional development library

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Good news for anyone who's feeling a little nervous about teaching STEM: any caring teacher can be an elementary STEM mentor with the help of Kid Spark Education.

With a little training and hands-on practice, teaching STEM through Kid Spark isn't just easy - it's fun, too.

MOBILE STEM LABS

The entire Kid Spark Middle School curriculum can be taught using the same lab year-after-year, across grade levels and topics. Simply roll your lab where you need it and distribute a single lab to each team of four students.

Engineering Pathways Mobile STEM Lab

The Engineering Pathways Lab supports the Elementary (3-5) and Middle School (6-8) programs and supports a broad range of technologies and curriculum. Students learn about mechanisms and movement, applied mathematics, programmable robotics and computational thinking, simple and compound machines, and rapid prototyping and 3D printing. Students drive their own learning through hands-on design and engineering challenges by defining problems, asking questions, and challenging their own thinking to learn through iteration.

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

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The Engineering Pathways Mobile STEM Lab supports 16-32 students
Advanced Projects Mobile STEM Lab

The Advanced Projects Lab is used as a supplemental lab to the core Mobile STEM Labs (ROK Blocks and Engineering Pathways) and is often found in Maker Spaces and Technology Labs. This lab includes useful engineering elements not found in other Mobile STEM Labs such as large curved beams, S beams, and the dual motor drive.

  • Ideal for supplementing the inventory of other Mobile STEM Labs

  • A great resource for sustained projects and STEM Challenges

 

Please visit Kid Spark Education's Advanced Projects Mobile STEM webpage, or contact your Regional Manager for more information.

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SnapStack Mobile STEM Lab

 

The economical SnapStack Lab allows students to explore challenging STEM concepts that they see in their daily life and supports some of Kid Spark’s most popular and widely used curriculum. Students get a solid foundation in more challenging, non-intuitive scientific concepts like mechanical advantage and compound machines.

Each lesson associated with the SnapStack Lab includes a design and engineering challenge where students must apply what they have learned in a fun and creative way. The SnapStack Lab also supports the ROK Reactor compound machine design competition. With the SnapStack Lab, students practice creative problem solving using the design and engineering cycle, allowing them to learn from their mistakes to create future innovations.

Please visit Kid Spark Education's SnapStack Mobile STEM webpage, or contact your Regional Manager for more information.

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Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab

The Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab can be paired with the ROK Blocks Lab for the Elementary School (PK-5) Program. This combo supports additional mechanical and structural engineering while deferring programmable robotics coding to middle school.

The Young Engineers Lab supports continued, deep exploration of engineering and robotics without requiring a computer or any programming. Lessons introduce students to the design and engineering cycle, the six simple machines, mechanisms, mechanical structural engineering, applied mathematics, CAD and 3D printing, and robotic movement. These lessons build students’ confidence to practice engineering concepts while preparing them for future studies of programmable robotic systems.

 

Please visit Kid Spark Education's Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab webpage, or contact your Regional Manager for more information.

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