August 7-11 2017

posted Aug 3, 2017, 4:18 PM by Mr Becker   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 5:22 AM ]


Welcome to Engineering Concepts for the 2017- 2018 school year!

This is the second class in the Engineering Pathway, and as such, is designed to have you discover a deeper understanding of engineering and the different ways engineering impacts your daily life.

Check out the State syllabus for this course here: Engineering Concepts

We will also discuss in class your expectations and what you want this class to be, as well as my expectations of you!

Photoshop Refresher !

One of the cool things about CDAT is that your classes in this Academy work together.  Here in Engineering, we support you by getting you in front of a computer and actually using software that will help you get the job done!!

We will start with some Adobe Photoshop CC.  This will help you with creating basic graphics that you might need for projects, papers, websites, and more.  We'll just learn the basics for now,

Start with the section "Learning Essentials" then, if time allows,  you can do the "Getting Started" tutorial

Download the folder "Graphic Designs Basics" to use as your media for the tutorials.

Learning Essentials tutorials

Getting Started tutorials

Now for the business side of things as we ramp up for the year……

We are going to try many creative things this year, and the goal is to have everyone move at their pace, not following the same thing for all folks.

But, one thing that is so important is safety.  We have so many ways that bad things can happen, much more than a regular class.  We have tools, parts, sparks, fragments, and your safety is so important. And remember last year, when that student almost ripped the hair off his scalp with the drill............

So, before we use the tools again, we need to make sure we have safety procedures, because you never know what could happen.  

For example, this girl never thought her hair would be an issue:

Part of safety is organization and clean up.  Leave a razor blade in the wrong place and blood is soon to follow!  We will place a priority on cleanup, as it's not only safe, but saves money!  We will review safety and cleanup rules, and you will not be permitted to work with tools, equipment and materials until you pass a test on it.

See the following document, and there will be more:

You will be tested on the safety concepts, but we will review them again, and again and again add some conditions.

One aspect of safety also relates to actually saving money.  If tools and materials aren't in their place, you are going to lose money or get hurt.