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ActionLABS® STEM Education grades 6-9

Our ActionLABS program takes STEM education to the next level, as students learn to use and manage technology through our interactive, multimedia program, while engaging in authentic problem-based learning.


 

 


  • Available in 22 Curriculum Areas
  • Customizable Content
  • Flexible 10 Day Schedule
  • Hands-on Projects
  • Available on Any Device, Any Time
  • Two Person Teams
  • Career Exploration
  • Design Briefs
 

"The students that have gone through our ActionLABS, come to the high schools with the ability to think quicker, to solve problems, and to engage in conversations about the content."

  - Dr. Carter Davidson
    Director of STEM Research and Development
    Alhambra ESD

 

"The program really lends itself to explain, with hands-on and innovation, integrity and creativity, things that students would not necessarily have had any kind of experience with in a traditional classroom."

  - Lisa Ogan
    Principal
    Cerro Villa Middle School

 

"My son loved the class so much and talked about it every day he came home from school. He's now at the University of Pittsburgh, in an engineering program, and I think it's really the result of how much he enjoyed the experiments in this lab, in middle school."

  - Jen Schwartz


STEM Lab Curriculum Options




students using technology


Alternative Energy

Wind turbines • mathematics • calculating voltage output • solar panels • photovoltaic processes • hydrogen fuel cell cars • alternative energy sources • solar cookers

Stock No. 72-5070

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students using technology

Audio Communications

Sound waves • sound transmission • analog vs. digital • radio broadcasting • news broadcasting • commercials • digital editing • sound effects • recording • production • podcasts

Stock No. 72-3538

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students using TurboCAD

Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD)

CAD systems • coordinates • drawing & editing lines • drawing circles & arcs • isometric drawings • multiview drawings • scale drawings • symbols • hand sketches • floor plans • project planning

Stock No. 72-3542

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students using technology

Computer Graphics & Animation

Computer graphic systems • stop motion animation • the design process • adding titles & credits • adding audio • logos, icons & symbols • technical drawings • Moviestorm • multimedia • virtual reality • production

Stock No. 72-3548

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students using technology

Digital Manufacturing

3D printing • numbering systems • CNC • FDM Technology • 3D coordinate programming • the design process • prototyping • 3D printing application & exploration

Stock No. 72-3595

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students using technology

Digital Music

History of sound & recorded music • analog vs. digital • MIDI controllers • Mixcraft • virtual instruments • recording multiple tracks • loop mode • sound effects • sampling in digital music

Stock No. 72-3550

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students using technology

Electricity & Electronics

Electrical systems & components • resistance & continuity • magnetism • electromagnetism • potentiometers • DC series circuits • DC parallel circuits • Ohm’s Law • motors, generators & switches

Stock No. 72-3552

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students using technology

Energy & Power

Stirling Engines • forms of energy & conversions • engine systems • ignition systems • distance calculations • Mousetrap Racers • alternative power sources • mass, force & friction

Stock No. 72-3554

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students using technology

Environment & Ecology

Observing plant growth • energy systems • environmental impact • composition & characteristics of soil • soil nutrient cycles • pH testing • water & soil sample testing • packaging materials • the three Rs

Stock No. 72-3556

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students using technology

Flight Technology

History & future of rocketry/ flight systems • space exploration • aerodynamics • rocket design, construction & launching • center of gravity • flight technologies • principles of flight

Stock No. 72-3558

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students using technology

Forensic Science

Investigating crimes • digital microscopes • fiber types • investigating fibers & soil samples • trace evidence • ink chromatography • lift latent fingerprints • chain of custody • composite drawings • DNA evidence

Stock No. 72-5068

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students using technology

Health & Fitness

Body systems • recording personal health data • testing fitness levels • dietary guidelines & nutritional content • evaluating eating habits • anabolic steroids • heart rate & blood pressure • goal setting • fitness & medical technologies

Stock No. 72-3540

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students using technology

Information Technology

History of computing • spreadsheets • PowerPoint presentations • web page design • communication tools • reference materials • digital mapping • fiber optic technology

Stock No. 72-3560

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students using technology

Laser Technology

Laser light distribution • laser applications in industry & communication operations • refraction • laser innovations • laser sound transmission • internal reflection • mirrors • reflecting light & beam divergence • fiber optics

Stock No. 72-3562

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students using technology

Materials Processing

Safety procedures • manufacturing processes • injection molding • the design process • personal tool design • natural vs. manufactured materials • mold, cut & finish product designs • design & crafting using metal, wood & plastics

Stock No. 72-3564

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students using technology

Mechanisms

Mechanical systems • mechanical advantage • simple machines • classes of levers • gear trains & speed change • changing the direction of force • gear ratios • multiple speed reduction • sprocket & chains • friction reduction • impact of mechanical systems on technology

Stock No. 72-3566

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students using technology

Pneumatics

Principles of pneumatics • pressure & fluid power • Pascal’s Law • pneumatic graphic symbols • measuring & controlling airflow • cylinders • force, pressure & area • pneumatic applications in industrial environments • pros & cons of pneumatic systems

Stock No. 72-3568

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students using technology

Research & Development

Sketch, design & construct CO2 powered racers • specifications • force, mass, drag, turbulence & friction • thumbnail sketches & rough sketches • final designs & prototyping • the design process • weight, aerodynamics & alignment • vehicle safety & testing • digitally timed raceways

Stock No. 72-3570

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students using technology

Robotics

Lego Mindstorm • EV3 robot • robotic systems • programming robots • calculating wheel circumference • measuring distances • robot components • sensors • coordinate mapping • time vs. power • programming fields

Stock No. 72-3572

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students using technology

Structural Engineering

Structural systems • beam design, construction & testing • truss design, construction & testing • the design process • tension, compression, torsion, & shear • bridge designs • structural testing

Stock No. 72-3574

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students using technology

Video Production

History & future of video production • the design process • advertising research • green screen technology • storyboards & scripts • video production • assembling • editing • transitions • titles • sound effects • commercials

Stock No. 72-3576

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students using technology

Virtual Architecture

Architectural history • scale drawings • CAD program • floor plans • interior & exterior designs • landscape designs • sketching furniture • blueprints • virtual space • symbols • color schemes

Stock No. 72-3578

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