Superhero Metropolis
Grades K-1

STEM Focus: Architecture

SEL Focus: Growth Mindset and Resilience

STEM Objectives

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

Incorporate architectural concepts in their creations including:

    1. Balance: Symmetry and Structure
    2. Strength: Triangles and Trusses
    3. Height: Wide Bases and Strong Foundations

SEL Objectives

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

Internalize a growth mindset and start building a resilience toolbox by:

    1. Using Stanford Design Thinking to develop innovative solutions to problems 
    2. Applying i-Can! problem solving strategies to overcome obstacles
    3. Viewing failures as learning opportunities
Boy in Cardboard Sitting Down (Landscape)

6 Builders

20-30 pieces of Each Per Student for All 10 Lessons:

  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Cereal Boxes and/or Paper Towel Rolls (Collect from Parents)
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil (Arms-Length Pieces)
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • 3 oz. Dixie Cups
  • Bendy Straws

2 Tools

1 Per 2-3 Students for All 10 Lessons:

  • Safety Scissors 
  • .94 Inch Masking Tape Roll

Important: You do not need to give each child their own set of materials. Make materials available and allow students to choose. The video will share 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.

Quick and Easy!

Set up takes less than 5 minutes. All you need to do is:


    1. Lay Out Our Standard Set of Materials:
      • Children use the same materials across all 10 lessons. So you never need to assemble special material kits!
      • Simply lay out our standard set of materials before each lesson and replenish items as needed.

    2. Set Up Testing Stations (If Needed):
      • A few lessons require additional set up, such as creating a square with blue tape to use as a target area.
      • We include all of those special instructions in the Set Up and Tips for each module.


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