Unit 1: Computer Science

Lights! Coding! Action!

The Invention Engine Unit 1 Lesson Plans set includes a complete curriculum for teaching computational thinking and computer science.

The Student guide and accompanying Teacher’s Guide, progressively work towards a tangible ‘invention’ while having a meaningful experience that will also introduce the CS concept. 

In Unit 1 students will learn about the input-process-output cycle, sequence, loops conditional statements, using data and variables. As students make things that represent their current knowledge, they build their expertise with the topic and solidify their learning.  

Invention Engine Rapid Reaction game
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Unit 1 Lesson Activities – Student Set

The Invention Engine Unit 1 lesson activities contains worksheets and activity sheets designed for independent use by students aged 12+ who are learning computer science foundations.

Unit 1 features 3 key sections which include 15 activities, including an introduction to the Invention Engine bits and the Invention Blocks coding language.

The student lessons include clear instructions, colourful illustrations, activity sheets for testing program solutions and challenges for students to work through as they learn computational thinking and computer science fundamentals.

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Unit 1 Teacher’s Guide

The Unit 1 teacher’s guide offers teachers and instructors overviews, delivery recommendations and other supporting information for the Invention Engine Unit 1 lesson activities to help make teaching Invention Engine easy and fun. Designed to be used in partnership with the Unit 1 student set, the teaching guide provides:

  • an overview of each activity and the key learning objectives,
  • key vocabulary used throughout the activities,
  • the activity’s purpose and objectives,
  • guided student questions with answer key for recommendations on assessing student work,
  • cross curricular ideas.

Getting started with this unit…

To take the pain out of purchases, all the bits you need to complete this unit have been bundled together, with each bundle catering for up to 10 students.

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Is this your first time using Invention Engine?

If this is your first time using Invention Engine there are a few extra things you need to know.

This Getting started with Invention Engine guide will help you get the most out of Invention Engine and this activity set. Inside you will find:

  • step-by-step help for setting up Invention Engine
  • information on the different Invention Engine bits and construction tools

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