2017-2018 FoE Assignments

SPG Survey

posted May 15, 2018, 6:07 AM by Mr Becker

For those that took the SPG, please be sure that you filled out the survey

Here is the link for the AC student survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4331450/AC-Student-Survey-Spring-2018

Final Study - 5-8-18

posted May 8, 2018, 4:43 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated May 8, 2018, 4:53 AM ]

Here it is, some things to help you study for the final....  The Final will be all multiple choice.... use the attached assessments and go to Quizlet to brush up on things we've done this year.

All assessments on EClass have been opened for you to take as many times as you would like.....

Some of the assessments are for units we did not cover.... just familiarize yourself with some basics, like 
"What does LASER stand for?", Ohm's Law (V=IR and it's variations), and review the Water and Buoy/Wave projects.

FOE Engineering 2017 - 2018 Performance Final

posted May 7, 2018, 6:30 AM by Mr Becker

FOE Engineering 2017 - 2018 Performance Final

Due Date:  May 10th, 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 May 11th, you should make this site “Public”.  You CAN build off of a previous portfolio!

Projects you should have on your portfolio from this year:


  • Mail Delivery System Project

  • VEX Robotics Project

  • Resume

  • Photoshop Exercise

  • Premier Pro Exercise

  • Power of Water (the wheels we made to generate electricity)

  • Water Filtration (for 1a)

May 1st, 2018 - 1.6 Written Assessment

posted May 1, 2018, 5:33 AM by Mr Becker

Now that we are finished with the Mail Delivery System, we now see the importance of PLANNING and having a design that you can refine.

Let us complete this project by doing the assessment   1.6 Written Assessment

After we finish this, we will briefly go over a couple other projects we did not get to to prepare for the SREB SPG that most of the class willbe taking in a couple weeks.

April 19th, 2018 - Build your prototype

posted Apr 18, 2018, 10:19 AM by Mr Becker

As I said in class, I will be out until Monday, April 23rd.

At the front of the class on the cart are materials to help you start building your system.  Tools are available in the cart.  Please make sure all tools and supplies are picked up at the end of class and NEATLY placed back in the proper location.

Let us shoot to have our systems built by TUESDAY, APRIL 24th.

April 9th, 2018

posted Apr 8, 2018, 9:57 AM by Mr Becker

Welcome back from Spring Break.  

Today we see your designs and get your parts lists in order.  
Once we have all the materials for each team, the it is time to BUILD!!

March 22nd, 2018 - Design Documentation finalized

posted Mar 20, 2018, 5:46 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 9:42 AM ]

I will be at a conference at GA Tech for Thursday and Friday, March 22nd and 23rd.  Please be respectful of the substitute and work on these assignments. 

There will be consequences for causing issues!

KEY Question: How can the prototype’s Design Documentation be finalized?


Enabling Learning Activities:


Task 1:The Design Documentation handout is attached to this post. Carefully take part in a discussion in your group  to which the level of measurement precision is determined, using industry standards. 


Task 2: Your team finalize your prototype scale model’s Design Documentation by modifying your preliminary sketches and schematics and adding accurate measurements to the appropriate level of precision. Software may be used to document the design, eliminating the need for hand measurements. When you finish, exchange with a partner and do a peer review of each other’s Design Documentation.


If desired, you may refer to the following websites for assistance in developing your Design Documentation and Engineering Report:






Key Question: How can a Product Proposal Engineering Report be developed to persuade the U.S. Postal Service to approve each team’s Mail Delivery System for patrons with disabilities?


Enabling Learning Activities:


Task 1: Think/Pair/Share Activity. For two minutes, consider trying to sell your Mail Delivery System product, brainstorming its most positive features; then share with your team partners for three minutes, adding to and editing your list. Pay close attention to the class discussion about how to create the strongest argument for the USPS Product Proposal. Areas of focus may include: fairness and safety for people with disabilities, cost, ease of use, effectiveness, durability, environmental impact, aesthetics, personal situation, and other advantages.

Task 2: The Engineering Report Components and AC-Writing Rubric handouts are distributed and reviewed by your team. (See Resource Folder: Week 4/02EngineeringReportComponents. docx, and 03AC-WritingRubric.docx.) Ask your teacher any questions you have.


Task 3: Your team outlines a persuasive Product Proposal Engineering Report to the U.S. Postal Service. The proposal should explain the problem of patrons with disabilities receiving

street-side mail, propose the adoption of your Mail Delivery System as the solution, and ask for nationwide approval of your prototype. You will add your Design Documentation as an enclosure to the report.


Task 4: One member of your team acts as draftsperson and adds the required elements of an Engineering Report Outline into the Google Doc template in preparation for the technical content. The other team members brainstorm, discuss, and organize the content of their Engineering Report, providing evidence of the problem and offering strong reasons for their design solution.


Task 5: Team members each select one or more report section(s) to draft, and you write the content of your selected section(s). Add to the Engineering Report Google Document.


Task 6: Copies of the first draft are printed and given to each team member to edit. Read your team's report carefully, and annotate with comments and possible changes to the content, style, and language to increase its persuasive value. This may be continued for homework on Day 17 .


Task 7: With your team, reread the annotations of your persuasive Product Proposal Engineering Report first draft. Circle the three most important changes you would make and discuss this with your team. Create a "To Do" list of specific edits for your report.


Task 8: Each team's draftsperson revises and edits its Google Doc Engineering Report while team members offer suggestions and ensure the "To Do" list is followed. When the “To Do” list is completed, the draftsperson emails the second draft to all team members.


Task 9: Team members read the report one more time for logical structure, clarity, specific technical vocabulary, and grammatical correctness. Any suggested changes are made to create the Final Draft. Once all edits are complete, the draftsperson emails the Final Draft to all team members.

            Task 10: Homework: Create a bulleted list of the strongest points of your Engineering Report. These points are to be used in an upcoming debate in which your team will argue for the superiority of your design.

March 12th, 2018 - Scale and Design Documentation

posted Mar 13, 2018, 4:22 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 4:29 AM ]

Last week we touched on scale drawings. Here are some reinforcing videos on the subject

What is scale.mp4


What Is Scale drawing.mp4

Scaled drawings are a means of communication between the contractor and the designer of a structure, in this case a pulley system. Scaled drawings are used because they allow the designer to put a large amount of information into a relatively small and easily read package.

Be sure you understand the following key terms and add them to your Vocabulary Log in your Engineering Notebook.

Scale: A defined ratio of a model’s size, relative to the actual object that the model represents

Ratio: A comparison between two numbers

Model: Simplified representation of a physical system intended to allow one to more easily analyze and understand the system

Scale Factor: The number by which each dimension of the actual object is multiplied

Design Documentation

In your team, brainstorm Mail Delivery System solutions, including sketches. You should not just copy an entire existing design, but you may take parts of an existing design and make it your own. You must give credit to any design's parts borrowed for your team’s design. Note that the Design Documentation begins today with these initial ideas/sketches, is modified throughout the project, is developed and approved . Your team discusses the pros and cons of each design and narrows down your design ideas to two or three.

Remember to:

• Come to a consensus on two or three designs that might be used for the Mail Delivery System.

• Document these designs, with sketches, in the Engineering Notebook.

• Include a list of simple/compound machines and materials needed for each design.

• Be sure the needed materials are available.

Design requirements identify characteristics necessary to make the solution successful. Effective design requirements fill a need and are feasible (i.e., cost effective and efficient, user friendly, environmentally friendly, safe). The design has to be able to change based on further research and experience as well. As part of the Engineering Design Process, design documentation is required. Design documentation is an organized collection of documents that capture design decisions and solutions. Documentation is a crucial component of successful product planning and implementation, so it is important that it communicates as effectively as possible.


Elements of successful design documentation include, but are not limited to, scope of work definition and design development. Each document must have identification such as project title, original date of

document and names of students on the team, name of the person approving the original document, dates of revisions and name of person approving the revision, and a brief explanation of the revision. Each design might include conceptual drawings, assembly drawings, a parts list, parts drawings, process drawings, flowcharts, state diagrams, use cases, relational tables, tables, programs developed, charts, graphs, rules, symbol diagrams, decision matrix ladder diagrams, Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) programs, schematics, and other items.

Your team researches the viability of your brainstormed designs and comes to a consensus on the best two or three designs. Think about:

• What simple and compound machines are used in your design?

• Do you have all of these materials?

• What are the constraints of this project?

Communication to the team during the conceptual and design phase is critical. Teams must schedule meetings to discuss the design throughout the planning phase. Discussions should include topics such as safety considerations, location, size, and other key issues. Documentation of these discussions must be reported. The design must be approved before building of the prototype can begin.

A copy of the Design Brief Template and Decision Matrix are attached at the bottom of this page.  Please use these to walk through your design brief and include on your portfolio site for this project.

Mail Delivery System Model Limitations


The scale model maximum size can be no larger than:

·         5 feet long

·         5 feet wide

·         41-45 inches high from the road surface

The scale model does not have to be the maximum sizes but must use correct proportions.

The teacher/school is the main source of materials used to build the scale model.

Students may not purchase extra materials or ask parents to purchase materials.

Students may bring “junk” from home with prior approval.

The scale model must function exactly like the full size Mail Delivery System.

The full size Mail Delivery System has a distance of 20 ft. from the street side mailbox to the house, the mailbox has a height of 5 ft., and the mail weighs 8 oz.

March 8th, 2018 USPS restrictions and Scale drawing

posted Mar 8, 2018, 4:16 AM by Mr Becker

What are the USPS restrictions/approval processes on street-side mailboxes, what research is needed for the project, and how can a Project Management Plan be developed?  Use the following links to answer these questions and record your answers in your engineering notebook.

USPS street-side mailbox restrictions

House Model Assessment

Given the following house floor plan, create a scale drawing of the house showing just the rooms and closets.  

Use a scale factor of 1 inch: 12 feet (an industry standard). Print this out from this file an record all relevant computations.


This project requires the construction of a scale model of a Mail Delivery System. In order to complete the model, you must be able to sketch and draw a smaller version of a real situation and then construct the smaller version. The mathematics needed for this project is found in the study of scale factors. Scale factors require attention to units and also can be represented as functions.

March 6th, 2018 - Simple Machines, Pulleys and Gears

posted Mar 5, 2018, 5:40 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 5:28 PM ]

How do simple machines form compound machines, and how do pulleys and gears work to increase mechanical advantage?

Here's an introduction  

Introduction to mechanical advantage Work and energy Physics Khan Academy.mp4

Pulleys are an important part of this project....... here is a refresher from the good folks at NASA

Our World How Pulleys Work.mp4

And while we are at it, here is another video from them about gears

Our World How Gears Work.mp4

For Class, lets work in teams to complete this lab:  Pulley Lab

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