Tech Ed

Aviation and Space Technology, ½ Credit Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question

What are the various power systems used in aviation and space transportation and how can those technologies be spun-off for other uses?

Course Description

Students will model the principles of flight with a variety of lab activities and work with simulators. They will analyze the various power systems and disassemble/reassemble an internal combustion engine (small gas engine). Students will then design/build/launch model rockets, experiment with orbital mechanics through computer simulations, and explore new efforts to launch people into space.

For additional information, see the Aerospace Dimensions Modules from the Civil Air Patrol.

Course Competencies

  1. Theory (30%): Student uses and documents the engineering design process when solving aviation and space related problems.

  2. Skills Application (30%): Student demonstrates flight with model aircraft, disassembles, reassembles and analyzes small engine performance, and designs and launches model rockets.

  3. Class participation/Teamwork/Safety (30%): Student applies effective safety practices in the lab, including selection and use of materials and tools and demonstrates respect and responsibility while managing personal time, conduct and planning.

  4. Formative Assessment (10%)


Architectural Design, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

What are the 10 Patterns of Home and how do they influence residential construction?

Students will design their "Dream House," and produce a set of drawings using architectural CAD. Using the 10 Patterns of Home and the engineering design process students produce a plan that is functional and pleasing to the eye. They will build a 3D model of their "Dream House."

Course Competencies:

  1. Theory (30%): Student uses and documents the engineering design process when solving architectural problems.

  2. Skills Application (30%): Students use basic design tools in the CAD program to define through CAD drawings and a 3D model, the following: foundation, first floor, second floor, roof.

  3. Class participation/Teamwork/Safety (30%): Student applies effective safety practices in the lab, including selection and use of materials and tools and demonstrates respect and responsibility while managing personal time, conduct and planning.

  4. Formative Assessment (10%)


CAD - Computer Aided Design, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 10-12

Essential Question:

How can computers be used to design and fabricate project parts and assemblies?

Students will work at their own pace to learn the CAD program and then use CAD to design and make a toy with moving parts. Students will use various machines available in the lab to make some of the parts of their design.

Course Competencies:

  1. Theory (30%): Student uses and documents the engineering design process when solving computer design problems.

  2. Skills Application (30%): Student uses CAD software to design projects that can be fabricated by a variety of machines and processes.

  3. Class participation/Teamwork/Safety (30%): Student applies effective safety practices in the lab, including selection and use of materials and tools and demonstrates respect and responsibility while managing personal time, conduct and planning.

  4. Formative Assessment (10%)


Introduction To Engineering, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

How can the engineering design process be used to solve real life problems?

The Introduction to Engineering course is for students who wish to know more about engineering. Students will solve problems individually and in teams to design and build solutions to real life problems. Students use the engineering design process throughout the course and document all their work in their engineering design journals.

Course Competencies:

  1. Theory (30%): Student uses and documents the engineering design process when solving engineering problems. Engineering design is a specific problem-solving method that students will use fluently to solve technological problems.

  2. Skills Application (30%): Students use the prototyping process to apply a wide variety of strategies to solve problems and adapt those strategies to new situations.

  3. Class participation/Teamwork/Safety (30%): Student uses the prototyping process within a team for research and development as a means for solving design problems and works safely and effectively with others to strengthen group performance by sharing ideas and workloads.

  4. Formative Assessment (10%)


Material Design, ½ Credit Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question

How can I safely use tools and materials to produce useful products that satisfy human needs and wants?

Course Description

Students will design and construct projects using wood, metal, and plastic. Students will analyze the design and manufacturing process as they create useful products for themselves and others. Students produce a "class project" (an American Flag display case for the families of deceased veterans) and then have time to produce one or more personal projects of their choosing.

Course Competencies

  1. Theory (30%): Students use and document the engineering design process when solving material design problems.

  2. Skills Application (30%): Students use shop tools and materials effectively and efficiently in the prototyping process.

  3. Class participation/Teamwork/Safety (30%): Student applies effective safety practices in the lab, including selection and use of materials and tools and demonstrates respect and responsibility while managing personal time, conduct and planning.

  4. Formative Assessment (10%)


Robotics Technology, ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

How can robotic equipment be used safely to make our lives easier?

Course Description

Working with a partner, students build a robot and write programs to make it move. Students will learn about and use, sensors, and motors to allow their robot to complete simple tasks such as grasping objects and moving them from place to place.

Course Competencies

  1. Theory (30%): Student uses and documents the engineering design process when solving robotic problems.

  2. Skills Application (30%): Students use shop tools and materials to fabricate and program robotic devices to satisfy human needs and wants.

  3. Class participation/Teamwork/Safety (30%): Student applies effective safety practices in the lab, including selection and use of materials and tools and demonstrates respect and responsibility while managing personal time, conduct and planning.

  4. Formative Assessment (10%)


Technology in Society, ½ Credit Elective, Grades 9-12

Essential Question:

How can we analyze the effects of using new technologies and mitigate those effects we determine to be negative?

Course Description

This class explores the positive and negative effects of the use of technology. Students will explore the political, economic, social, and environmental impacts technology can have on us as we try to live a normal life. This course teaches critical thinking skills as they relate to the creation and use of technology. Students will be prepared to analyze issues, consider their validity, formulate positions, and defend these positions.

Course Competencies

  1. Theory (30%): Student uses and documents the engineering design process when solving technological problems.

  2. Skills Application (30%): Students analyzing technological solutions, weigh positive and negative implications, redesign and innovate new solutions to mitigate negative results.

  3. Class participation/Teamwork/Safety (30%): Student uses the prototyping process within a team for research and development as a means for solving design problems and works safely and effectively with other to strengthen group performance by sharing ideas and workloads.

  4. Formative Assessment (10%)

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