Engineering and Computer Science Essentials™ Grade 3

Unit Overview


Engineering Unit: Designing Maglev Systems

Transportation engineering comes alive. Introduce students to engineering as they learn how “maglev” or magnetic levitation trains move by using magnets instead of wheels. The technological innovation behind these 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 will use the engineering design process to design, test, and improve their own tabletop maglev transportation systems—just like the character in the storybook, Hikaru’s Toy Troubles.


Computer Science Unit: Building Automated Systems

Automation helps get things done. Across industries, including transportation, automated systems are valued for the improvements they offer in safety and efficiency. If a human had to be involved in completing every task, much of our time would be consumed with menial labor. Devices that do tasks without direct control from humans offer enormous savings in time and energy. Students learn about computer-controlled automated systems through activities, discussions, and readings designed to make the computer science concepts relevant through real world examples. Students use the Engineering Design Process to create an automated system of inputs and outputs to increase safety and/or efficiency, this time, in a home.

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: Maglev/Automated Systems - 1yr Digital
Integrated Essentials: Maglev/Automated Systems - 3yr Digital
Engineering Essentials: Designing Maglev Systems - 1yr Digital
Engineering Essentials: Designing Maglev Systems - 3yr Digital
Designing Maglev System Materials Kit
Computer Science Essentials: Building Automated Systems - 1yr Digital
Computer Science Essentials: Building Automated Systems - 3yr Digital
Computer Science Essentials: Building Automated Systems Materials Kit

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Engineering Essentials™ Unit

Computer Science Essentials™ Unit

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Computer Science


Designing Maglev Systems

Available Kit: 
Designing Maglev Systems Materials Kit

Building Automated Systems

Available Kit:
Building Automated Systems Materials Kit

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