“Out of the Box” Complete Kits
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About NuMinds Complete Kits
Since NuMinds was established in 2013, one of our characteristic calling cards has been the development of unique, passion-driven curriculum with the flexibility to adapt to student needs and the robustness to provide depth and rigor. Since all our courses are mixed- and multi-age, we NEEDED that special blend of versatility and complexity. We just couldn’t find the perfect curriculum model out there, so what did we do? With some metaphorical inspiration from nature’s fastest-growing, most flexible, and versatile plant, we developed our own research-based curriculum model called Bamboo Curriculum™. It’s a systematic and organic model that incorporates project-based learning, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, objective-based curriculum, formative assessment, and divergent thinking. It’s become the platform for all our courses.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
– Bruce Lee
When word spreads about how much FUN students are having in our courses accomplishing and discovering things which, on the surface, are “way above grade level”, we often get asked, “How do you do that? Can we use your curriculum for our program?” Well…
Now you can take NuMinds courses right “out-of-the-box” and use them in your own programs and camps. Super-charge your own students with project-based learning, higher-order thinking, creativity and problem-solving. Experience the freedom of a differentiated curriculum that bends—but doesn’t break—according to the diverse needs of your students.
Our Out-of-the-Box curriculum kits are designed to be a full-service, easy-to-implement option for teachers, schools and organizations to deliver a NuMinds course with all the heavy-lifting and materials preparation done!
Each complete kit includes:
- A detailed lesson plan set for a 5+1 sessions (5 sessions + 1 additional bonus)
- All required copies (along with masters) and supporting documents
- All materials and supplies needed to deliver the unit
- A 2-hour training session once you receive the unit
- Customer support throughout delivery of the unit
- Optional add-on services for those hosting a program or camp: online registration and marketing.
Ordering and Cost:
- Base price of each curriculum kit includes complete unit plus materials and supplies for 10 students
- Order materials and supplies for more students in increments of 10
- Please allow 3 weeks for delivery from time of order.
- Your kit will be delivered via mail, and include return postage. When you finish teaching the unit, simply drop the box back in the mail with all non-consumables.
Delivered directly to you, our "Out of the Box" Curriculum Kits includes everything you need to put on a 5+1 session course (5 one-hour sessions + 1 extension/bonus session).
What's in the box? Teacher lesson plans, handouts, and all materials...if the lesson asks for scissors, we put scissors in the box.
What's not in the box? 2 hours of training (phone/Skype) are included, plus phone/email support as you host your program. Contact us with questions or for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Course Title||Summary||Recommended Brain Age*|
|Codes and Ciphers||Since humans began communicating, there has always been an urge to keep certain information underground: intended for certain eyes only and unreadable to all others. In this course, you’ll study, crack (decipher) and create (encipher) messages in a variety of cipher systems and historical contexts. Although you’ll time-hop throughout history and make stops with Julius Caesar, Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, among many others, you’ll end with an exploration of how cryptography--the study of codes and ciphers--has kept up with, and even created, the modern digital age.||2nd-6th Grade Brain Age|
|Fascination with Flight||With mythology, history, invention, physics, engineering as your playground, this has got to be the most intense STEAM course ever created! Throughout each lesson, you’ll slowly reveal and explore the concepts behind determining terminal velocity while looking at the legend of Icarus, the inventions of DaVinci, the landing of the Mars Rover, and much more. If you live near an iFLY indoor sky-diving tunnel, this course synchronizes beautifully with a class trip to skydive in the iFLY 30 foot high wind tunnel. This unit is officially endorsed by iFLY.||2nd-8th|
|Rock-n-Roll Rocketry||It’s science! It’s math! It’s history...and quite literally, it’s a BLAST! In our rock’n rocketry course, students will explore some of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the aerodynamics of flight as they construct and fly their own model rockets. We’ll discuss the critical issues of safety, collaboration, and design as we work to tackle the rocket challenge--culminating in a spectacular end-of-course launch party!||3rd-8th|
|Programming with Python||Many believe coding and programming skills are the "ABCs" of the 21st century. Without mastery of this new core competency, students are at a disadvantage moving into a working world permeated by technology. In this course, you’ll begin to tackle the programming language "Python," touted by professionals as an excellent entry point into the world of coding. As you move beyond basic commands and students gain confidence and fluency, the desire to create and innovate will naturally drive students to build new skills and knowledge in an organic "project based learning" situation. In the process, you’ll lay a foundation of vocabulary and programming literacy that will enable them to push on to more complicated projects after this course. Student computers with internet access are required for this course.||3rd-8th|
|Leggo' My LEGO||"Play well." That is what the words "leg godt" mean in Danish, and indeed we've been playing with LEGO for over 80 years since their origination in Denmark in 1932! Imagine this: an interdisciplinary exploration of LEGO that takes us through the history (it's still a family company), science (what breakthrough in plastics gave the founder the idea for "bricks"?), technology (from wheels to robots), and possibilities for creative expression that this two-time "toy of the century" provides.||1st-5th|
|Racing with the Sun: Solar Power||Join us as we blend aerodynamics, propulsion, velocity, and the principles of solar power in this intensive, hands-on engineering challenge designed to push your creative juices to the limit. Design and engineer a lightweight car, attach a photovoltaic cell (PVC) to a motor, and race it across the finish line. Do you have what it takes to harness the sun’s energy to start your engines?||3rd-8th|
|City of the Future||Cities are amazingly complex, interconnected systems that are constantly evolving with new technology and changing populations. Have you ever wondered what the city you live in will look like deep into the future? Imagine how systems like transportation, sanitation, energy and entertainment will look, sound, and feel. In this course, we are looking for creative minds to engineer and build a city of the future- -one that will provide benefit to all of its citizens! Join us for this thought-provoking exploration into the what-ifs and hows of the future in human civilization.||1st-8th|
|Guitar Math Monster||This course is for those who love music, math, science and Pokémon! A sensory exploration of the math in music and the music of math. From fractions, to Fibonacci, to sound waves, sonar, diabolical tri-tones and Pokémon hit points, you’ll explore songwriting with the birds and paint the frequency of the earth with colorful corn starch. This course is for musicians, music-lovers, and anyone of all ages with a song in their heart just waiting to beat out its rhythm on re-purposed instruments!||1st-8th|
|Mathacadabra: The Magic of Math||Throughout history, great minds have been fascinated with mathematical puzzles, paradoxes and wonderments for the sheer joy of it. In this course, you’ll kindle (or re-kindle) that spark of curiosity and passion for Math beyond the "drudgery" of formalized step-by-step curriculum. You’ll jump throughout history and around the globe, from Ben Franklin's magic squares (USA) to Blaise Pascal's Triangle (France) to Ramanujan's algebra puzzles (India) to Lo Shu puzzles (China), and much more. You’ll also put the "magic" in the Math, literally, as you learn, practice and perform Math-based magic tricks.||1st-6th|
|Mathematical Arts||Both mathematicians and artists are problem-solvers who improvise and view the world in new and innovative ways. In this course, the right brain will meet the left as we create optical illusions, fractals, original tessellations, Penrose tiles, and parabolic line drawings (to name a few). Join us as we explore the beautiful fusion of math and art.||3rd-8th|
|iRock: A History of Invention||From the chiseled spear to the steam engine and into a future of photo-voltaic glass, “iRock” looks at the way humanity’s necessities have led to invention. In this course, you’ll cover the eras of invention, focusing on the march of human progress. You’ll study notable inventors, and the effect their inventions had on the world. Included in the course are methods for spurring inventive thinking and hands-on project builds. Finally, you’ll finish by inferencing and speculating about the future of inventions.||2nd-8th|
|Stop-Motion Moving Making (provide your own smart phones/iPods/tablet)||From Gumby to The Box Trolls, stop motion is the illusion of making everyday objects come to life. The fascinating history of stop-motion is full of tools early animators used to create this illusion of movement. A 19th century toy called the thaumatrope, for example, seems crude to us, but it inspired Thomas Edison to keep inventing ways to set pictures in motion. This simple tool led to the kinetoscope, which led to the next device, and so on...right up to technology on your phone and tablet! In this course, we'll study and create with various tools, from the "ancient" to the hightech, learning the science behind “persistence of vision" and how it allows the illusion of motion that makes "motion pictures" possible.||1st-8th|
|TED Club: The Power of Public Speaking||In recent years, the "TED Talk" format has exploded across the globe as a medium for people to share their expertise, promote their passions, and to propose radical new ideas and solutions to the world's problems. Do YOU have an idea or concept you'd like to share with the world? TED Ed Club is your chance to work under the guidance of a teacher and with a cohort of fellow revolutionaries to develop, polish and present your own TED Talk! You’ll learn the art and science of presentation, public speaking and persuasion. Your grand finale will be the presentation of each talk. Recorded talks can be featured on your school or organization’s YouTube channel and/or website (with parent/student permission)! This course is NOT officially sponsored or endorsed by the TED organization.||2nd-8th|
|The Real Essay||The essay is one of the most respected, yet misunderstood, forms of writing. Over the centuries, the essay has declined from a vehicle of philosophical and scientific thought into a menial 5-paragraph assignment. This is not an SAT prep course, but instead, a discovery of the power and beauty of the essay form. There are essays that captivate their readers, even bringing them to tears. In this course, you will peruse some of the most powerful essays in history, studying their message and impact. You’ll learn about the essay form, and how choosing the right structure takes your writing to the next level. Be prepared to read, appreciate, and write amazing papers!||4th-8th|
|Writer Refuge: Creative Writing||True writers are a rare find--they see with unyielding eyes, interpret with metaphor and melancholy, and write the truth as they define it. It can be difficult, even intimidating, for a young writer to branch out and trust others with what is their reality. This writing course is for creative writers looking to hone their craft in a safe environment. Excerpts will be shared, challenges will be given, and a whole slew of tools for taking your writing to the next level will be given. This is not a grammar course, not a spelling course, not a STAAR or SAT writing composition class. This is an art studio for the young artists who use words to paint their world.||4th-8th|
|Modern Mind Warrior||The code of the Jedi knights is so awesome that its lesson extend light years beyond a galaxy far-far-away--guiding us on the path to personal fulfillment. Do Jedis exist in our world today? If so, what would be their code and their principles? How would they train? What would be their mission? In this course, students will learn real methods for success and maximize their human performance. From focus and discipline to honor and athleticism, be prepared to transform yourself into a Modern Mind Warrior.||1st-8th|
|Mind Matters: How the Brain Works||It's 75% water, has 100,000 miles of blood vessels, weighs 3 pounds, and feels no pain. The brain sits right inside our skull and yet remains a complete mystery to most of us. The human brain is an amazing organ! In this course, we will discover how the brain grows, recognize the effects the environment has on the brain, examine the different types of memory, bust some brain myths, and explore how different areas of the brain work together to help us make sense of our world! Most importantly, we'll learn how WE can directly improve and tone our brain health, stay calm and focused, an accomplish more with our own brain power.||2nd-8th|
|Epic Fail||We all know that Thomas Edison failed at the light bulb a bajillion times before he hired GE to build it, but what about armies attacking the wrong country (or even their own country?) There are Titanics and Hindenburgs and all the mistakes made along the march of human progress. Students will guffaw at humanity’s slip ups, and then turn a reflective eye on the lessons learned from failure. How do we grow from our own shortcomings? What lessons can we learn from those who face-planted before us?||4th-8th|
|Mystery Creatures: Adventures in Cryptozology||Do you ever wonder what lies deep in the glacial lakes of Scotland? Are you convinced that there's truth behind the legend of Sasquatch? Explore the science and purported evidence behind the field of cryptozoology through a week-long adventure into the deep. Our young scientists will learn about various categories of cryptids and develop an understanding of all different forms, while evaluating the credibility of available evidence. Finally, scientists will become experts in one special creature, from Chupacabras to unicorns, and present their research to an audience of peers. Explore the myth; reveal the mystery.||3rd-8th|
|Mummies, Myths, & Mosaics||How did an ancient society, nestled by the Nile, grow to become a world leader and the envy of its surrounding countries? In this course, we’ll study the government, art, architecture, religion and science of the Ancient Egyptian culture—including a look at some of the myths surrounding their fascinating origins. Create your own artifacts as you explore the explosion of creativity, wealth, and power that made Ancient Egypt the envy of the world. You’ll soon see how the mysterious ways to the Ancient Egyptians compare to our own lives today.||1st-8th|
|Curious Conundrums||What do chromatography, chemistry, and forensics have in common? They are all used to uncover mysteries, investigate crime scene evidence, and develop super-sleuth hypotheses to solve “crimes.” Come investigate curious conundrums and be inspired! Students will develop their problem-solving skills using critical and creative thinking, as well as their communication skills. These skills easily transfer to other content areas, as well as their personal lives. Students have a natural curiosity that is especially activated when presented with a discrepant event or a mystery. Forensic Science and criminology are currently very popular areas of interest for many students, and a popular choice of college majors. Students will work in small groups as they examine mystery powders (made from common household substances), make invisible ink, set up chromatography experiments, formulate conclusions, and examine a box of mystery contents to infer how these clues help to solve a crime scene. Drawing a visual interpretation of an imaginary crime scene based on deductive reasoning will prove challenging for a variety of learning styles and interests. On the last day, students create a keepsake chromatography sample that they personally design and draw.||3rd-8th|
|Red Planet||The red wanderer, Mars, has been beckoning humans to come visit since 1659 when Christian Huygens first noticed the landscape of mountain passes and vast wastelands covering its surface. Now, after the success of the Mars Rovers and the upcoming Mars One human mission, Mars is once again back in the spotlight and the forefront of our imaginations! In this course, we'll explore Mars through nearly every discipline to answer questions like, what is the evidence for past/current life on Mars? How do rovers land in the thin atmosphere? How will humans get to Mars via the Mars One mission? Plus, we'll express the place of Mars in our cultural and personal imaginations through the Arts.||1st-8th|
|Endangered Art||Elephants, and tigers, and gorillas, oh my! Some of our most loved animals on the planet are also endangered. Get to know some of the animals on the endangered species list by examining their unique characteristics and habitat needs through a variety of art activities in a range of media. Students will become more familiar with some of their favorite animals and discover some new ones they may not have heard of before. In this course, we’ll explore the beauty and art of these animals while raising awareness for the need for their conservation.||1st-8th|
|Behold! The Throne Room of Olympus Revealed.||The Greeks reasoned that their gods feasted, reclined, and otherwise resided in an opulent palace that was guarded from mortal view atop the cloud-covered Mt. Olympus. What did the throne room look like? What materials were used in its construction? How were the gods positioned in relation to Zeus and why? With the help of the historical analyses and speculations of Robert Graves, Edith Hamilton, and Rick Riordan, students will examine the details of the mythical Palace and create a layered version of their favorite throne. Students with a strong interest in the stories and nuances of Greek will be challenged by the content and the hands-on design work. Lesser-known stories will be shared that are sure to spark the interest of any mythology buff.||3rd-8th|