Engineering and Computer Science Essentials™ Grade 3


Engineering Unit: Designing Maglev Systems

Transportation engineering comes alive in this unit! Students begin engineering as they learn how “maglev” or magnetic levitation trains move by using magnets instead of wheels. The storybook Hikaru’s Toy Troubles tells how a boy uses maglev technology to help his family’s toy store in Japan. The technological innovation behind maglev trains makes relevant, real-world connections for students as they send magnets sailing, help magnets hover, and poke around magnetic fields. With their new insights into the science of magnets, students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve their own tabletop maglev transportation systems.


Computer Science Unit: Building Automated Systems

Automation helps get things done. Devices that do tasks without direct control from humans offer enormous savings in time and energy. In the story Hikaru’s Signal System, Hikaru uses a system of inputs and outputs to help his family’s toy store run more efficiently. Students engage in hands-on learning about computer-controlled automated systems using the BBC micro:bit hardware and Microsoft MakeCode software. They then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve an automated system that makes a home safer or more efficient. Students extend their computational thinking skills to mathematical concepts as they practice strategies for multiplication and division.


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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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Product Name Qty
Integrated Essentials: Maglev/Automated Systems - 1yr Digital
Designing Maglev System Materials Kit
Computer Science Essentials: Building Automated Systems Materials Kit
Engineering Essentials: Designing Maglev Systems - 1yr Digital
Computer Science Essentials: Building Automated Systems - 1yr Digital

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Engineering Essentials™ Unit

Computer Science Essentials™ Unit

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Designing Maglev Systems

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Designing Maglev Systems Materials Kit

Building Automated Systems

Available Kit:
Building Automated Systems Materials Kit

Computer with Microsoft MakeCode website

micro:bit with USB cable and battery pack

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