2017-2018 Engineering Concepts Assignments

February 12th, 2018

posted Feb 12, 2018, 5:41 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 4:25 AM ]

Image result for pedal electric generator

By the end of this week, you should have a to scale rendering of your electrical generation device. 

Here is a brief from a team that already completed this challenge  Power to the Pedal

Remember to take copious notes ..... you will have to create a Technical Manual for others to build and utilize your device.

Use this to plan out your Tech Manual.... a hard copy is attached to this page.

Technical Manual Rubric


  • Technical Manual Planning Sheet

  • Technical Manual Rubric

  • Engineering Notebook  items (i.e. Daily Reflection Sheets, Project Calendar, Project Management Log, Gantt/Pert charts, sketches of prototype)

  • Team Performance Rubric

Description of Project:  To accompany your final prototype, your team will create a technical manual that adheres to the following guidelines.   This manual should be specific enough so that anyone who wants to operate your device could feasibly pick up your manual and be able to understand it.  

Your manual should include the following:

  • Headings and subheadings (or categories and subcategories) that refer to each individual section of the technical manual; everything should be adequately labeled.

  • A summary of the prototype you have developed and the purposes of the prototype should be available in the front of the technical manual.  Be specific here.

  • Accurately labeled charts, diagrams, sketches, and any other visual aids necessary for the readers of your technical manual to operate your prototype; SketchUp should be used to create your visual aids.

  • All necessary instructions should be written within the body of the technical manual, including (but not limited to) steps, procedures, troubleshooting, notes to the device operator, warnings, etc.  Instructions should use appropriate transitions.  

  • Overall organization of the manual itself should be logical, methodical, specific, and clear; your reader should be able to easily navigate your manual.

  • All sources involved in the creation of your technical manual should be published in a Resources section at the back of the manual itself; all sources should be cited using APA citation style.


Distinguished Level Performance

200 Points

Proficient Level Performance

150 Points

Basic Level Performance

100 Points

Unsatisfactory Level Performance

50 Points


 Summary/Description of Prototype

 The prototype is accurately described at the front of the technical manual in a proper summary.  The device is described in detail, especially in regard to its purpose.  





Illustrations/Visual aids

All necessary illustrations and visual aids are included in the technical manual.  Additionally, all necessary illustrations and visual aids are correctly labeled and their parts are easily identifiable.  The technical manual itself is attractive and has an attractive cover.


Grammar and Conventions


 The technical manual has been revised and edited to follow the rules of Standard English and is free of careless grammatical errors.  








A separate Resources section has been included in the back of the technical manual, citing all sources used in the creation of the prototype and/or the technical manual itself in APA format.  


The technical manual includes a table of contents, page numbers, and other components required for proper organization.  Transitions are used throughout the instructions to assist the reader navigate the manual.  

Technical Manual Planning 

These are the roles that must be distributed throughout your team in order to construct the technical manual; team members may be assigned more than one role:

Illustrations and Visual Aid Design

 Responsible for designing all illustrations and/or visual aids necessary for the technical manual
 Responsible for labeling all illustrations and/or visual aids by consulting with team members responsible for instructional design
 Will use Google SketchUp and/or similar programs to create digital designs for the technical manual

Instructional Design

 Responsible for writing all necessary instructions for the body of the technical manual, including (but not limited to) steps, procedures, troubleshooting, notes to the device operator, warnings, etc.
 Will refer to the contents of the team’s Design Portfolio (especially Reflection Sheets) to write clear and chronological instructions for the technical manual

Manual Construction and Organization

 Responsible for writing any portions of the manual necessary for organization, including (but not limited to) a table of contents, index, page numbers, etc.
 Responsible for combining all portions of the manual created by other team members to construct the manual itself


 Responsible for reviewing the ongoing work of each team member, ensuring that all aspects of the technical manual is clear and concise
 Responsible for communicating between team members during the manual construction process
 Responsible for revision of the technical manual’s rough draft and ensuring any necessary changes are made

Names of Team Member


Keep this sheet in your team’s Portfolio

1. What does your team need to include in its technical manual?

2. How will you organize your technical manual?

3. Which visual aids should you include in your technical manual? (diagrams, charts, etc.)

January 30th, 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 6:32 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 4:24 AM ]

January 30, 2018 - What is Electricity

January 23rd, 2018 - Welcome to the shocking world of electric generation!

posted Jan 23, 2018, 5:02 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 4:19 AM ]

January 23rd, 2018 - Welcome to the shocking world of electric generation

January 22nd, 2018

posted Jan 22, 2018, 5:25 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 5:26 AM ]

Finish Cyberday Assignment and make sure it is submitted to the dropbox

EC - January 18, 2018

January 17th, 2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 7:36 PM by Mr Becker

Go to the ECLASS Page for this class to get your assignment

January 8th, 2018 - Gears Continued

posted Jan 9, 2018, 10:23 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 6:37 AM ]

Continue on with the gear lesson we started last week.


Here is a Power Point on

Gear Ratios and Pitch


What are gears made of?

Materials for Gear Production


Do this worksheet using the knowledge you have gained with this assignment

When finished with the worksheet, submit to the labeled dropbox on EClass.

We will discuss it in class next time we meet.

Link to Quizlet for quiz next week

January 8, 2018

posted Jan 6, 2018, 7:16 PM by Mr Becker

Go to the ECLASS Page for this class to get your assignment

January 4th, 2018 - Getting into Gear for the New Year

posted Jan 3, 2018, 12:35 PM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 5:27 AM ]

Welcome Back for the Spring Semester!!!!

Gears are in just about everything that has spinning parts. 

 Car engines and transmissions contain lots of gears. If you ever open up a VCR and look inside, you will see it is full of gears. 

Wind-up, grandfather, analog wrist watches and pendulum clocks contain plenty of gears, especially if they have bells or chimes.

Gears are everywhere where there are engines and motors producing rotational motion.

Gears are generally used for one of four different reasons:

  1. To reverse the direction of rotation
  2. To increase or decrease the speed of rotation
  3. To move rotational motion to a different axis
  4. To keep the rotation of two axis synchronized
Gears come in many shapes and configurations.  Lets take a look at some of the more common types.   


Here is a fairly long video that goes into  greater detail

Gear Types and characteristics ‎[360p]‎.mp4

Gears and Gear Ratios

In mechanical engineering, a gear ratio is a direct measure of the ratio of the rotational speeds of two or more interlocking gears.
As a general rule, when dealing with two gears, if the drive gear (the one directly receiving rotational force from the engine, motor, etc.) is bigger than the driven gear, the latter will turn more quickly, and vice versa.

GEARS - the Basics.mp4

Gear Ratio Demo.mp4

Gear Ratios - Part 1.mp4

And a cool, retro video from old Detroit 

working of all type of gears - YouTube ‎[360p]‎.mp4

Here is a breakdown from NC State Engineering School in Havelock, which explains this concept and how different configurations give you different results.  Try the problem at the bottom, and see how you do.   

Below are some simulations you can play around with to get a better feel for gears and gear ratios.

A Quizlet to help you study 

Try building this Simple Gear with the Fischer Technik set
Simple Gear Exercise

When you get it, move on to the Gearbox in Fischer Technik booklet. (page 25 of the color booklet)

December 5th

posted Dec 7, 2017, 8:33 AM by Mr Becker

Now that we have completed the GIS unit, it is time for your portfolio check. This is your performance final for this semester, so please follow the rubric below.

Engineering Concepts Fall 2017 Performance Final

Due Date:  December 7th (A)  8th (B), no extension.

The goal: to upgrade your portfolio for all projects this past year, as well as a place for your future work.  It will not only host samples of each project, but it will also demonstrate the original principles of web design (C.A.R.P., good color combinations, etc.) that we saw at the start of the year and we will review again to start this project.

This is your Performance Final, which means it is 15% of your average for the semester!

Technical Requirements:

  • **Note:  you do NOT have to use a template, in fact you probably should NOT use the CDAT templates.  Just make a website with your choice of colors, font, etc., to match the design you want.

  • A home page that welcomes the user to your portfolio, and summarizes your thoughts, reflections about your design and technology in general.  Also include any goals for yourself, and any way CDAT or your technology class has helped you towards those.  Include some type of graphic: a picture or artistic creation that represents you.

  • A page for each project you’ve done.  The page should include the following:

  • Your site will also be evaluated, as mentioned above, for principles of design and color scheme.  Use www.colorschemedesigner.com to get some good color combinations, and you can use this site to learn more about Google sites.  

  • LESS is MORE, don’t crowd your pages.

Grading (each shows the maximum points per part):

  • 10 points - Principles of design (C.A.R.P.) and  good color scheme.

  • Home page

    • 5 points - Graphic

    • 5 points - Quality text about you, your CDAT and technology experience this semester, your reflections on design and technology and your goals (as mentioned above).

  • Each project page (we will review projects together to verify the list)

    • 2 points - Graphic

    • 6 points - Written Description of WHAT assignment was, WHAT you did to complete the assignment AND Personal Reflection

    • 2 points - Link to the project

  • Points will be deducted for poor spelling or grammar.

  • Points will be deducted for any use of materials you did not create and did not cite properly (put a website address of any pictures you “borrow”).


Most of you have already submitted a portfolio to start the year.  Before December 7th, you should make this site “Public”.  You CAN build off of a previous portfolio!

Projects you should have on your portfolio from this semester:


  • SIMPLE MACHINES Engineering Report

  • STEM Video


  • CDAT Redesign

Click here for the link to submit your portfolio if you need to give it to me:

November 27th

posted Nov 27, 2017, 5:36 AM by Mr Becker

Welcome back all from Thanksgiving Break...... it is now crunch time!!

First, this week we will have a end of unit test for our GIS and Water Mitigation project. The Test will be Thursday and Friday 
Here is a study guide on the questions that will be asked...

Second, Your performance final is due on December 7th.  Your Performance file is your Portfolio.

Again, things that I expect to see on your portfolio are:

SIMPLE MACHINES Engineering Report
STEM Video
CDAT Redesign

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