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BrickLAB Pirate Camp

Free Curriculum Sample

It’s a Pirate’s Life For Me!

As students transform into pirates, they work together to navigate the high seas.  Through STEM-focused science experiments, hands-on engineering design activities, and engaging group discussions, students experience just how much science and engineering it takes to be a pirate.

Each day begins with a story that sets the scene and engages the students’ senses, curiosity, and critical thinking. Just like “real” pirates, students must work together with their crew to accomplish challenging tasks such as building catapult, tying knots, making maps, and following them to hidden treasure! Adventure and treasure awaits your students – by the end of Pirate Camp, they’ll be singing, Yo ho ho, it’s a pirate’s life for me!

What’s Included:

  • Sterilite tub with lid (18 gal) – 1
  • Brick Separator – 1
  • 1/2 PCS Edventures BrickLAB – 3272 Bricks
  • Colored pencils (box of 12) – 5
  • Dry erase markers (pack of 12) – 3
  • Pirate Pockets (heavy duty dry erase page protectors) – 31
  • Roll of yellow Duct Tape – 1
  • Mesh bag (for brick cleaning) – 1
  • Metal washers – 50
  • Modeling clay (1 lb box) – 2
  • Muslin bags – 31
  • Name tags (box of 50) – 1
  • Pencil sharpeners – 5
  • Rope (50 ft, 3/8″ nylon) – 1
  • Plastic bins (6 qt) – 5
  • Roll of clear tape – 1
  • Expanding plastic file folder – 1
  • Pirate Camp Instructor Manual – 1
  • Full set of printed student handouts – 74
Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

Curriculum Topics:

Lesson Titles:

  1. Becoming a Pirate
  2. Pirate Ship Build
  3. Buoyancy
  4. Tippy Raft Design Challenge
  5. Treasure Maps
  6. Maps and Pacing
  7. Treasure Hunt
  8. Catapults
  9. Under Siege Design Challenge
  10. Knots
  11. Sea Shanties
  12. Fun & Games!

Each Activity Guide Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
  • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
  • Topic Background & Vocabulary
  • Materials List

Recommended Settings:

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool co-ops

Alignments & Standards

Habits of Mind

15 “thinking habits” developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick to empower students to succeed in a 21st century learning environment
  1. Applying past knowledge to new situations
  2. Creating, imagining, innovating
  3. Finding humor
  4. Gathering data through all senses
  5. Listening and understanding with empathy
  6. Managing impulsivity
  7. Metacognition
  8. Persisting
  9. Questioning and posing problems
  10. Responding with wonderment and awe
  11. Striving for accuracy
  12. Taking responsible risks
  13. Thinking and communicating with clarity precision
  14. Thinking flexibly
  15. Thinking independently

21st Century Skills

A set of widely- applicable abilities essential for success in the information age
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Information, media, and technology literacy
  • Initiative and self- direction
  • Leadership and responsibility
  • Productivity and accountability
  • Social and cross- cultural skills

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