Superhero Metropolis
Grades 1-2

STEM Focus: Architecture

SEL Focus: Growth Mindset and Resilience

Boy in Cardboard Sitting Down (Landscape)


Students will be able to:

  • Internalize a growth mindset:
    1. Use design thinking to develop innovative solutions to problems 
    2. Use i-Can! strategies to overcome obstacles
    3. View failures as learning opportunities
  • Incorporate architectural concepts in their creations:
    1. Symmetry
    2. Trusses
    3. Strong Foundations
    4. Designing for Hazards and Critical Failure
Superhero Metropolis Objectives

How It Works

Step 1: Lay Out Materials


20-30 pieces of Each Per Child for All 10 Lessons

  • Card (Cereal Boxes, Paper Towel Rolls, File Folders, etc.)
  • Construction Paper
  • Aluminum Foil (Arms-Length Pieces)
  • 3 oz. Dixie Cups
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Bendy Straws


  • Scissors (1 Pair Per 2-3 Students)
  • Tape (1 Roll Per 2-3 Students)
6 Builders 2 Tools

Important: You do not need to give each child their own set of materials. Make materials available and allow students to choose their builders. The video will share any constraints about the max amount of any one material they can use.

If running the class online, parents do not need to provide all materials up front. They can add as they go. 3-5 pieces of every material per student for each challenge is sufficient. To help students stay organized and ensure they have enough materials, ask them for a picture of their materials area.

Step 2: Play Opening Video (15 min)

Each lesson has two instructional videos. Start each lesson with the opening video. It presents the STEM challenge to students in a story format.

The lesson description contains set-up instructions as well as tips for running the lesson.

Superhero Metropolis Opening Video Layout

Step 3: Facilitate Building (45 min)

  • Once the opening video is complete, ensure students know where to find materials and set a 45-minute timer for building.
  • While students are building, the room will get messy; but don’t worry! Clean up is an integral part of the closing video.
  • If a student encounters a problem while building, resist the urge to offer a solution. Ask questions that will guide them towards their own solution, such as “Why do you think the animal keeps falling over? What other materials might be suitable for the legs?”
Boy Taping Cardboard Tower

Step 4: Play Closing Video (15 min)

End each lesson with the closing video. It helps students to reflect on the concepts learned and leads them through a guided activity to close the lesson.

The lesson description includes a link to the parent email template for the lesson.

Superhero Metropolis Closing Video Layout

Teacher Training + Lessons 1-5

Lessons 6-10

Purchase Curriculum

Explore Plans & Pricing

Try 2 Lessons Free