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STEM Labs are designed to be supplemental education experiences that are flexible and can be implemented in many different ways. Use the Pacing Guide to help make the M.A.D. Box STEM Lab fit into your schedule. This STEM Lab can be adapted for a 45-, 60-, and 85-minute implementation instead of the full 145 minutes included in the materials.

Options for implementing this STEM Lab include:

  • If you have a limited amount of time, only complete the Seek and Play sections. The total time for both sections is 85 minutes. The students will finish with experiences in both building and calculating gear ratios.

  • Another option for 85 minutes is to have a M.A.D. Box (or two) ready before class and have your students complete the Play and Rethink sections. This option compromises building but maximizes gaining experience calculating multiple gear ratios and connecting them to their resulting mechanical advantage(s).

  • An option for 60 minutes is to have at least one M.A.D. Box ready and have your students complete the Play and Apply sections. Students will gain experience calculating gear ratios, while also having a sense of the context and value in learning how gears are used in other aspects of daily life and how they are used within competition robots.

  • If you have only 45 minutes and can have at least one M.A.D. Box ready before class, have your students complete the Play section. Students will gain experience calculating gear ratios and how they are related to torque and speed.

STEM Lab pacing guides preview the concepts that are taught in each section (Seek, Play, Apply, Rethink, Know) of the STEM Lab, relate the resources that teachers can use to teach those concepts and identify all the materials that are needed. The STEM Lab Pacing Guide is an editable Google doc that you can save to your device and modify based on your classroom constraints, and the needs of your students.

M.A.D. Box Pacing Guide

Google Doc .docx .pdf