STEM Academy
Block Programming

Primary (Grade 1-4)

We provide programming classes using Lego® WeDo 2.0. This includes 17 projects focusing on engineering, life-, physical-, earth-, and space sciences. Students will learn how to identify problems, think of solutions, test their ideas, and analyze the results.

Course One-year course Basic course Advanced course
Number of students 10 students *Minimum: 3 students
Lesson time 120 minutes
※90 minutes at Nishimagome
Language English
Materials -STEM Lesson: LEGO® WeDo 2.0, iPad
-English Lesson: Online text and Original print text
Things to bring Stationary, indoor shoes, and water bottle
Lesson contents -STEM Lesson: Programming lesson using LEGO® WeDo 2.0 (1 hour)
-English Lesson:
ESL After School Advanced class (1 hour)
*Topic related with STEM lesson
Fee Entrance Fee ¥20,000
Annual fee ¥18,000/year
Material fee 【New member】30,200yen / year,【Member】4,000yen / year
Rental device ¥500/month
Tuition ¥23,000/month
※Nishimagome: 17,250 yen / year
Location Takanawa, Aoyama, Shirokanedai, Den-en-chofu, Musashi-Shinjo, Musashi-Kosugi, and Nishimagome

 Projects

Guided Projects

Open Projects

Pulling, speed, robust structures, etc.
●8 Projects
Predator and prey, animal expression, etc.
●8 Projects

How to work on the projects

On these projects, students will work in three stages: Explore, Create, and Share

(1)Explore

After watching short videos students will have a discussion and understand more about the topic.

(2)Create

In the Guided Projects students will follow the instruction as they build their model and program it. Then they will modify it as they like. In the Open Projects students will think about their model and its program by themselves.

(3)Share

Depending on the students' level, they will make reports with pictures and movies using the App or give a presentation in front of the class.

Computational Thinking
Guided Projects

Computational Thinking
Open Projects

●What is Computational Thinking?
Computational thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions so that the solutions are represented in a form that can effectively be carried out by an information-processing agent. (Jeannette Wing, 2011)
Moon Base, Grabbing Objects, Send Messages etc.
●4 Projects
Inspection, Emotional Design, City Safety etc.
●4 Projects

How to work on the projects

In these projects students will work on the following stages.

(1)Defining the Problem

They will think about the given topic and define the problems which need to be solved.

(2)Planning

They will think about different solutions and choose one which they are going to plan executing.

(3)Trying

They will use iconic programming language in order to activate their model and they will try and see if their solution will work out.

(4)Modifying

They will evaluate their own model and its program and decide if they need to modify it.

(5)Communicating

Each student will explain and showcase their final model.

 Lesson contents of each course

One-Year Basic Advanced
・Getting Started ×2 Lessons
・Guided Projects ×4 Projects
・Computational Thinking
-Guided Projects ×4 Projects
・Open Projects ×3 Projects
・Computational Thinking
-Open Projects ×3 Projects
・Getting Started ×2 lessons
・Guided Projects ×8 Projects
・Computational Thinking
-Guided Projects ×4 Projects
・Open Projects ×2 Projects
・Open Projects ×8 Projects
・Computational Thinking
-Open Projects ×4 Projects

 Timetable

Time Activities Details
:00-:05 (5 min) English Review / Homework check Homework check and review of the previous week.
:05-:15 (10 min) Speaking & Listening They are going to discuss this week's topic using online materials.
:15-:35 (20 min) Experiment Now it's time for experiments!
:35-:55 (20 min) Activity & Discussion They will work on an activity with their classmates. Homework notice.
:55-1:00 (5 min) Break Drink and bathroom break
1:00-1:05 (5 min) STEM
(Create)
Review/Introduction Review of the previous week and introduction to today's lesson.
1:05-1:30 (25 min) Create They build a LEGO® model with the blocks.
1:30-1:45 (15 min) Program Let's activate the model by programming it with the App!
1:45-1:55 (10 min) Modify Once they have made the model and programmed it as guided,now they will modify it as they like.
1:55-2:00 (5 min) Pack up The blocks are to be stored in designated sections of the box.

 Schedule

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
No lesson 【One-year】
16:00-18:00
@Takanawa
@Musashi-kosugi

【Basic】
16:00-18:00
@Shirokanedai
【One-year】
16:00-18:00
@Aoyama

【Advanced】
16:00-18:00
@Shirokanedai
【One-year】
16:00-17:30
@Nishimagome

【Basic】
16:00-18:00
@Shirokanedai
【One-year】
16:00-18:00
@Musashi-shinjo
@Den-en-chofu

【Advanced】
16:00-18:00
@Shirokanedai

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Open: WEEKDAY 9:00-17:30