SAM STEAM Lesson Plans

SAM Labs STEAM Lesson Plans seamlessly connect software and hardware to support STEAM learning in the classroom. Spanning across many subjects, SAM Labs makes coding accessible, experimental, interactive and fun.

By focusing on hands-on creativity and problem-solving, SAM Labs STEAM lesson plans create a totally immersive experience to engage students with the coding skills that are critical for their futures.

Students can use SAM Labs to design, write and debug programs, applying sequencing, selection and iteration. Students will use logical reasoning to write and code algorithms, incorporating variables, inputs and outputs. Using the SAM blocks and SAM Studio app, students will learn to control and simulate physical systems.

Age 8 - 9

1.1

Lights & Shadows

Science, Scientific Thinking,

Arts & Design, Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

1.4

Smart Lighting System

Science, Computing, 

Math, Design & Technology,

English Language Arts 

1.2

Compose
a Song

Scientific Thinking, Computing,

Music, English Language Arts 

1.5

Time's up!

Math, Arts and Design,

Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

1.3

Design
a Habitat

Science, Scientific Thinking,

Arts & Design, Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

Age 9 - 10

2.1

Night Light

Science, Scientific Thinking,

Arts & Design, Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

2.4

Resistance 
& Fricition

Science, Scientific Thinking, 

English Language Arts

2.2

Music Box

Music, Engineering Design,

Computing, English Language Arts 

2.5

Smart Doorbell

Science, Engineering Design,

Computing, English Language Arts

2.3

Sow & Grow

Science, Scientific Thinking, Math,

Arts & Design, Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

Age 10 - 11

3.1

Properties
of Matter

Science, Scientific Thinking,

Arts & Design, Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

3.4

Earth Quake

Science, Scientific Thinking, 

Arts & Design, Design & Technology,

Computing

3.2

Properties of
Morse Code

History, Engineering Design,

Computing, English Language Arts 

3.5

Mars Rover

Computing, Engineering Design, Design & Technology,

English Language Arts

3.3

Guitar

Computing, Physical Science,

Music, English Language Arts

Age 11 - 12

4.1

Exploring Circuits

Science, Engineering Design,

Arts & Design, Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

4.4

Morse Code Alert

Computing, History,

English Language Arts

4.2

Earth & Orbit

Science, Mathematics,

English Language Arts 

4.5

Passwords &
Patterns

Mathematics, Scientific Thinking, History, Design & Technology,

Computing, English Language Arts

4.3

Night & Day

Science, Scientific Thinking,

Arts & Design, Design & Technology, Computing,  English Language Arts 

SAM Studio App

SAM Studio is a web-based platform that educators and students can use to access both SAM Space and SAM Blockly (previously Google Workbench). With your favorite coding features from both platforms, but now backed by the dependable power of web-browser access, SAM Studio is an easily accessible and frictionless coding platform for all school districts.

SAM Space

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A flow-based coding app which focuses on visual representations of algorithms. The app is designed to be an entry point for students to learn coding and computational thinking and is utilized in the STEAM course and Creators STEAM Kit lesson plans. 

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SAM Blockly

Previously known as Google Workbench, SAM Blockly is a block-based coding, a drag-and-drop coding language represented by blocks. This platform is used in the Learn to Code and the Creators Coding Kit lesson plans and can be found inside SAM Studio.

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