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Technology/Engineering

The Technology/Engineering program in grades 6-8 allows students to pursue engineering questions and technological solutions that emphasize research skills, problem solving, and critical and creative thinking. The students identify and understand the five elements of a technology system (goal, inputs, processes, outputs, and feedback). While exploring the areas of robotics, communication, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and mechanical engineering, students acquire basic skills in the safe use of materials, tools, and machines. Students integrate the knowledge they acquire in their mathematics and science curricula to understand technology / engineering through the design process. They then develop an advanced level of skill in engineering design by learning to conceptualize a problem, design prototypes in three dimensions, use hand and power tools to construct their prototypes, test their proto- types, and make modifications as necessary. With the addition of a 3-D printer, students will use this tool to design and test their prototypes. The culmination of these experiences is the development and presentation of their activities. 

Grade 6 Technology/Engineering
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

Transportation
This course allows students to learn how a transportation system operates. The students use the engineering design process to design, build, test, and assess the performance of a magnetic levitation vehicle. This vehicle operates by using repulsion levitation. Students apply their scientific knowledge to place the magnets in the proper location, to determine the mass of the vehicle, and to modify the vehicle's aerodynamics for the trip down the test track. Students apply their mathematics knowledge to determine the amount of drag the vehicle generates and, during final testing, to determine the average time it takes for the vehicle to travel down the test track and its average speed. 

Communication/Manufacturing
In this course students are asked to imagine what a technology product will look like seventeen years from now. Students, working in groups, research their ideas using the computers in the CAD room, the internet, and printed sources of information. Each group develops a prototype of their product using the materials found in the technology lab. The students also develop a presentation on their future technology product, which they present to the rest of the class. Students also work as a team to build a product using an assembly line. Students learn how raw materials are changed into finished products. They learn that most of the items they use every day are manufactured and they learn why manufacturing is important to our economy. Each student is responsible for building one or more part(s) of the product. After the subassembly is completed, the students assemble the final product. Each student receives a finished product at the end of the course. 


Grade 7 Technology/Engineering
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

Robotic Software
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of computer programming through the use of a robotic platform. The students learn about if/then statements, loops, and switches all while completing robotic challenges. The robotic platforms are modular, so that students can add and/or remove sensors as needed. Students will be introduced to sensors such as ultrasonic sensors and touch sensors.  An additional robotics unit introduces students to the basic building blocks of programming, sensors, actuators, and problem solving through the use of a programmable microprocessor (brick). Students learn how to program basic robot behaviors using motors and sensors for rotation, sound, light, touch, and distance.

Robotics Hardware
In this course, students accomplish three goals through building a hydraulic or pneumatic robot arm. The first goal is for students to use the engineering design process in designing, building, using, testing and assessing a robotic arm. The second goal is for students to use systems and subsystems in the operation of their robotic arms. The third goal is to have students successfully and safely use hand and power tools in the construction of an operational robotic arm. The students work in small groups on every aspect of the project and each member of the group is required to operate the robotic arm during their presentation.


Grade 8 Technology/Engineering
Meets three times in a cycle for one semester

Mechanical Engineering
In this course, students working in groups build a Rube Goldberg device that accomplishes a simple task using a set of elaborate steps. The students use the engineering design process to design, build, test, assess, and redesign the device. The device must include the six simple machines, and the students must use a programmable microprocessor (brick) to include two inputs (sensors) and two outputs (motors) in their machine. As the students progress through this motivating activity they learn about the field of mechanical engineering. At the end of the course the students demonstrate their device to the rest of the class. 

Construction/Architecture
This course provides each class with an opportunity to design, build, test, and assess the performance of a wooden structure. The structures, buildings, or trusses are then tested for efficiency and to determine how much force they can withstand before failing. The students learn proper structural design along with the importance of good workmanship to ensure that all structures meet minimum standards. The activities involved require the application of concepts from the students’ math and science programs. The students are required to determine the structure’s efficiency and observe how forces of compression and tension act on it. Students also work as a team to build a product using an assembly line. Students learn how raw materials are changed into finished products. They learn that most of the items they use every day are manufactured and they learn why manufacturing is important to our economy. Each student is responsible for building one or more part(s) of the product. After the subassembly is completed, the students assemble the final product. Each student receives a finished product at the end of the course. Students are also introduced to the field of Architecture   Site and Floor Plans are introduced and the student's design both types of plans. Their own "Dream House" Floor Plan is designed and drawn 2D on paper.   The final Architectural project consists of designing their Dream House on a CAD software program and printing their house on our 3D Printers.