Engineering and Computer Science Essentials™ Grade 2

Unit Overview


Engineering Unit: Designing Hand Pollinators

Insects pollinate many kinds of plants. What if the right insects aren’t around to do the work? As an agricultural engineer, what would you do? The storybook Mariana Becomes a Butterfly shows how one girl solves a pollination problem. Learning along with Mariana, students become agricultural engineers who have to solve a real-world challenge. They’ll apply their knowledge of insects, insect life cycles, pollination, and natural systems as they test a variety of materials, then engineer their own technologies for pollinating plants by hand.


Computer Science Unit: Creating Animations

Because much agricultural engineering work deals with understanding the intricate relationships between living systems and technologies, in the Computer Science unit, students learn about computer animations through activities, discussions, and readings designed to make the computer science concepts relevant for elementary students. Students use the Engineering Design Process to create an animation to communicate an idea about animals.

Unit Core Program Components 

  • Digital Teacher Guide
  • Digital Storybook (Engineering)
  • Digital Storybook Epilogue
    (Computer Science)
  • Materials Kits 
tablet, phone and computer screens with resources


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Product Name Qty
Integrated Essentials: Hand Pollinator/Animations - 1yr Digital
Integrated Essentials: Hand Pollinator/Animations - 3yr Digital
Engineering Essentials: Designing Hand Pollinators - 1yr Digital
Engineering Essentials: Designing Hand Pollinators - 3yr Digital
Designing Hand Pollinators Materials Kit
Computer Science Essentials: Creating Animations - 1yr Digital
Computer Science Essentials: Creating Animations - 3yr Digital

Grade level

Engineering Essentials™ Unit

Computer Science Essentials™ Unit

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Computer Science


Designing Hand Pollinators

Available Kit: 
Designing Hand Pollinators Materials Kit

Creating Animations

Available Kit:
Creating Animations Materials Kit

Tablet or Chromebook with ScratchJr app

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