Solutions – Middle School

Empower Every Learner with STEAM Solutions for Middle School Students

Dive into real-world STEAM with our Middle School course offerings. Our lessons and activities aren’t just about learning abstract concepts—it’s about seeing knowledge come alive through engaging activities, real-world scenarios, and engaging lessons through a holistic blend of hands-on activities, rich discussions, and coding.

We unlock the full power of SAM Studio to break down coding barriers using our full range of coding products across all content options.

To spotlight our flagship STEAM Course, delve into how science, technology, engineering, art, and math intertwine across diverse careers and industries.

Advantages of Our Middle School Pathway

Increased Engagement

Delivering interactive and immersive experiences that captivate students, ignite curiosity, and deepen comprehension of educational concepts.

Development of 21st Century Skills

Engaging lesson materials foster critical thinking and creativity as students collaborate through inquiry and design procedures.

Monitor Class Understanding

'Embedded interactive questions and reflections are included in each lesson, along with checks to future-ready skills. Teachers are able to provide detailed feedback per item to help enhance student learning.

Standards Alignment

Hands-on experience with differentiated block-based to script-based coding that strengthens understanding of computational thinking and the iterative process.  Middle School curriculum has alignment across CSTA, ISTE, NGSS, and more.

Connections to Real-World Problems

Real-world problem-solving in elementary education enhances learning, adding relevance and a strong foundation for future problem-solving.

Building Toward the Future

As students learn technological literacy and interdisciplinary understanding, they also forge connections to future careers, essential competencies in our increasingly digital, interconnected world.

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STEAM Course Units of Study

Our STEAM course units combine traditionally separate STEAM subjects through 90 lessons and activities. By grounding learning in real-world challenges and examples, students will understand how their education prepares them for future careers.

In the final unit, students revisit key topics through hands-on projects inspired by influential STEAM pioneers and create their own SAM Spotlight autobiography to reflect on their skills and influences.

Units of study include:

  • Welcome to SAM Studio
  • Becoming Future-Ready
  • Architecture
  • Filmmaking & Entertainment
  • Agricultural Science
  • Climate & Environmental Science
  • Aerospace Science & Engineering
  • Video Game Development
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • SAM Spotlights

Middle School STEAM Sample Lessons

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Unit 1: Intro to the Platform

Welcome to SAM Studio!

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Unit 2: Exploring Skill Sets

Becoming Future Ready

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Unit 3: Career-Focused

Architecture

STEAM Resources for Successful Implementation

The SAM Labs Middle School Pathway comes with everything you need to effectively integrate STEAM into the classroom, including:

  • Standards Aligned Lesson Plans – NGSS, CSTA, ISTE, Common Core, and more
  • Starter Lessons
  • Student Interactive Lessons or Handouts
  • Formative Assessments
  • Unlimited Access to three coding platform options within SAM Studio for Students and Teachers per School
  • Hardware Kits included: STEAM Classroom Kit, STEAM Plus Kit, Charging Tray
  • Additional Hardware Kits provided at no cost each year the subscription is renewed
  • Comprehensive Standards- Aligned Curriculum Options
  • Free Level 1 Professional Development
  • Asynchronous teacher training modules
  • Course offerings include STEAM, Learn to Code, Maker Challenges, and more.

Your journey persists alongside our committed team of former K-8 certified educators. Our team goes beyond support; they serve as your personal mentors, ensuring each step of your educational path is a success!

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SAM Labs Middle School STEAM Pathway

Making Coding More Accessible with SAM Labs' Middle School Pathway

SAM Labs is approachable no matter how comfortable you are with programming anything. I’ve seen it work with people who’ve never touched a computer or robot. ” -Erin Lark

Unlock affordable STEAM learning with SAM Labs Middle School Pathway. Say goodbye to implementation delays and steep learning curves. Request pricing now!

Bring computer concepts and programming to life with coding for beginners resources.

From using selection to code a program that detects danger, to using compound conditionals to play a game of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’, our coding lessons guide students through increasing programming complexity.

  • Learn to Code Overview
  • Block-Based Coding
  • Coding Lesson Plans and Support
  • Learn to Code Hardware Included

Empower students to create and learn with the right coding lessons.

Our Learn to Code course is designed for GradeSamstudio 4 to Grade 8 educators who are looking to make abstract programming concepts tangible. Designed for teachers at all levels of coding experience, use our easy-to-teach Block-based Coding platform and Bluetooth-connected hardware to bring projects to life.

With over 75+ hours of customizable standards-aligned coding resources and lesson plans, Learn to Code makes it easy to get started. Standards Alignment maps , tutorial videos, formative assessments, and grade overviews all included to support teacher planning.

The simplest interface for integrated coding lessons.

You will receive a 1-year subscription to web-based learning platform SAM Studio—to build confidence in young coders with the opportunity to make advancements and build in complexity. This includes 2 coding platforms, SAM Space (flow-based coding) and SAM Blockly (block-based coding). For the Learn to Code solution, students will use the block-based coding.

Teach coding with confidence.

For the US, the Learn to Code Course coversLearn to code 100% of the National CSTA Curriculum Standards for grades 4th-8th.

Click here To view the full US alignment maps for Learn to Code. 

Available in Google, PDF, or Nearpod our lessons, slide decks, student handouts, and activities can be tweaked for your student needs and implementation. Engage students with interactive videos, quizzes, games, and more. 

Use SAM Labs’ Formative Assessments to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback, all without leaving the app.

You also receive certified educator onboarding and ongoing personalized support to ensure smooth implementation and adoption. Every purchase includes complimentary onboarding to get started with the foundations of our learning solution and access to weekly office hours with our education team. 

Everything you need to bring STEAM to life.

This Learn to Code kit includes enough materials for 30 students to work in groups of three. Bluetooth connected blocks are easy to charge.

All Learn to Code Course Bundles include: 1 Learn to Code Classroom Kit (with built-in charging station) + Tiered Yearly Subscription to SAM Studio

Learn to Code Classroom kit includes:

  • 10x micro:bits
  • 10x micro:bit battery holder
  • 10x micro:bit data cable
  • 10x Light Sensor
  • 10x Buzzer
  • 10x Slider
  • 20 x Small Lego compatible Holder
  • 10 x Large Lego compatible Holder
  • 1 set of 4 international plug adapters

Sample Coding Lesson

The best way to teach students to code.

Rob van Nood

"I think that Sam Labs does allow for a more playful nature to computer programing and computational thinking that is open-ended and open to interpretation."

Rob van Nood

Catlin Gable School

Roger Hay

“One of the big reasons we bought into SAM Labs was because it definitely gets that hands-on connection with kids."

Roger Hay

Gresham-Barlow SD

Eddie Lyons

"Take your time, allow students to fail and learn to debug their systems. Make it fun. Let them explore, they love playing with the sounds...The sky is the limit.

Eddie Lyons

Harmony School of Innovation

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Three pricing options to choose from:

SAM Labs teacher pro

Learn to Code Classroom Solution

$1,820
Includes 1 year subscription to SAM Studio. Additional kits may be purchased at a discounted price.

Features

  • Learn to Code Classroom Kit
  • 1 Teacher, 35 Students access to SAM Studio Coding Platform
  • Single-Sign On
  • Unlimited Project Saving + Sharing
  • Full Access to All Lessons through the
    Content Hub
  • Interactive Nearpod Lessons
  • Formative Assessments + Rubric Packs
  • 1 Hour Onboarding + Weekly Office Hours
Purchase
SAM Labs school pro
Most Popular!

Learn to Code School Solution

$2,280
Includes 1 year subscription to SAM Studio. Additional kits may be purchased at a discounted price.

Features

  • Learn to Code Classroom Kit
  • Unlimited Teachers, Unlimited Student access to SAM Studio Coding Platform
  • Single-Sign On
  • Unlimited Project Saving + Sharing
  • Full Access to All Lessons through the Content Hub
  • Interactive Nearpod Lessons
  • Formative Assessments + Rubric Packs
  • Exciting 1 Hour Onboarding + Weekly Office Hours
Purchase
SAM Labs district pro

Learn to Code District Solution

$0,000
Includes 1 year subscription to SAM Studio. Additional kits may be purchased at a discounted price.

Features

  • Learn to Code Classroom Kit
  • 1 Teacher, 35 Students access to SAM Studio Coding Platform
  • Single-Sign On
  • Unlimited Project Saving + Sharing
  • Full Access to All Lessons through the
    Content Hub
  • Interactive Nearpod Lessons
  • Formative Assessments + Rubric Packs
  • 1 Hour Onboarding + Weekly Office Hours
Purchase

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