Engineering and Computer Science Essentials™ Grade 1

Cover Image: Engineering Essentials. Designing Lighting Systems. Light. Teacher Guide


Engineering Unit: Designing Lighting Systems

Optical engineers design technologies that use light to do something useful—from lasers and telescopes to fiber-optic communication systems. In the storybook Omar’s Time to Shine, an Egyptian boy uses what he learns from optical engineers working inside an ancient tomb to develop a system for lighting the dancers in a school performance. Students think like optical engineers as they explore how light interacts with different materials. Using what they’ve learned, students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve systems to illuminate hieroglyphs inside model tombs.

Cover Image: Engineering Essentials. Programing Robots. Teacher Guide


Computer Science Unit: Programming Robots

Computer scientists program robots to complete tasks that are difficult for humans to do. In the story Omar’s Robotic Reach, when Omar loses a gem from his costume for a school performance, he programs a robot to retrieve it from under the stage. Students explore how to write an algorithm to tell a robot how to move, then investigate how to program a robot such as the Code & Go® Robot Mouse. They then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve a program to make a robot navigate a maze. Students extend their computational thinking skills to mathematical concepts as they practice strategies for addition and subtraction.


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Unit Core Program Components 

  • Digital Teacher Guide
  • Easy-to-Print Classroom Resources 
  • Resources for Diverse Learners
  • Interactive Digital Storybooks
  • Math Extension Lesson  (Computer Science) 
  • Materials Kits 
tablet, phone and computer screens with resources


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Integrated Essentials: Lighting Systems/Programming Robots - 1yr Digital
Engineering Essentials: Designing Lighting Systems - 1yr Digital
Computer Science Essentials: Programming Robots - 1yr Digital
Engineering Essentials: Designing Lighting Systems - Materials Kit
Computer Science Essentials: Programming Robots Materials Kit

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Engineering Essentials™ Unit

Computer Science Essentials™ Unit

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Designing Lighting Systems​

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Designing Lighting Systems Materials Kit

Programming Robots

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Programming Robots Materials Kit

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