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  • Cost Category: More than $100
  • Price Details: Club Invention includes six modules. An afterschool program may choose to complete all or some of them. The program's developers estimate that an afterschool program will typically choose to complete four in a year. The kits include all that is needed plus a video for instructors, lesson guides, and are priced at $69 per student. The modules are designed to be used with 15 to 22 students (at a cost of $1,035 to $1,518). Manuals, background information, and videos must be returned after the kit is used. If an organization or school district implements the program on a large scale (6 or more instructors), the developer suggests working with a trainer who offers onsite training and support to the instructors. Typically, a large-scale implementation is funded by a foundation or sponsoring school district.
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  • Duration: A series of sessions that lasts at least one semester
  • Format: Kit or Materials, Programs Delivered in Cumulative Sessions
  • Grades: grades 1 to 6
  • Suitable for Multiple Uses?: once
  • Subject(s): physical science
  • Part of Series?: yes
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This research-based kit/instructor guide with all necessary to immerse kids in realistic problem-solving scenarios including design, building, testing, and redesign of tents, bridges, etc.  Fun science is repeatable with replacement of consumables.

This research-based curriculum immerses groups of students in a series of realistic problem-solving scenarios in which they must design, construct, test, and redesign structures such as tents and bridges. The self-contained kit includes everything a group leader needs, although some materials are consumable. The guide includes interesting background information for teachers, but reviewers did voice concern about the logistical guidance it provides. Typically, afterschool programs using this material do so as part of a district or foundation funded initiative that provides a program trainer who supplements written and video guidance with a workshop and individual support for instructors.

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