IDT Assignments 2017-18

April 19th, 2018 - Civil Engineering Overview Worksheet

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

As I said in class, I will be out Thursday and Friday.  
I expect exemplary behavior from all of you, especially after what happened last time out.

There is no room for error.....those that I get reports on face ISS, no middle ground!!

Print out the following worksheet and use online resources to answer the questions. 
Feel free to experiment with the bridge games from the April 18th post
Be prepared to hand in the sheets on Tuesday, April 24th.

April 17th, 2018 - Civil Engineering

posted Apr 17, 2018, 6:39 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 4:43 AM ]

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering is arguably the oldest engineering discipline. It deals with the built environment and can be dated to the first time someone placed a roof over his or her head or laid a tree trunk across a river to make it easier to get across.

The built environment encompasses much of what defines modern civilization. Buildings and bridges are often the first constructions that come to mind, as they are the most conspicuous creations of structural engineering, one of civil engineering's major sub-disciplines. Roads, railroads, subway systems, and airports are designed by transportation engineers, another category of civil engineering. And then there are the less visible creations of civil engineers. Every time you open a water faucet, you expect water to come out, without thinking that civil engineers made it possible. New York City has one of the world’s most impressive water supply systems, receiving billions of gallons of high-quality water from the Catskills over one hundred miles away. Similarly, not many people seem to worry about what happens to the water after it has served its purposes. The old civil engineering discipline of sanitary engineering has evolved into modern environmental engineering of such significance that most academic departments have changed their names to civil and environmental engineering.

These few examples illustrate that civil engineers do a lot more than design buildings and bridges. They can be found in the aerospace industry, designing jetliners and space stations; in the automotive industry, perfecting the load-carrying capacity of a chassis and improving the crashworthiness of bumpers and doors; and they can be found in the ship building industry, the power industry, and many other industries wherever constructed facilities are involved. And they plan and oversee the construction of these facilities as construction managers.

Civil engineering is an exciting profession because at the end of the day you can see the results of your work, whether this is a completed bridge, a high-rise building, a subway station, or a hydroelectric dam.

  • Civil engineers design, build, and maintain the foundation for our modern society – our roads and bridges, drinking water and energy systems, sea ports and airports, and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment, to name just a few.

    Civil engineering touches us throughout our day. Think of a civil engineer when you:

    • Turn on your tap to take a shower or drink clean water
    • Flick on your lights and open your refrigerator 
    • Drive to work on roads and bridges through synchronized traffic lights
    • Take mass transit or take a flight for a vacation
    • Toss your empty coffee cup in the recycling bin

Bridges are highly visible Civil Engineering projects.  Lets learn some basics about them:

We have a video from National Geographic on the The Longest Suspension Bridge in The World that we will watch in class.

Familiarize yourself with some bridge basics by doing something you all love to do………

playing games!

Here’s another one from PBS, where you decide the best bridge to build for locations provided.

Build a Bridge

Here are some other resources:

March 28th, 2018 Scratch 4 Challenge

posted Mar 28, 2018, 6:23 AM by Mr Becker

Scratch 4 Challenge

From the choice board below, choose 4 challenges that you like. Combine the 4 challenges that you have chosen into one original Scratch program that you create. Be sure to add an introductory screen that includes your name and a list of the 4 challenges you have chosen. This should be a simple program, but also creative. Show off your basic Scratch skills, including backgrounds, sprite costumes, movement, broadcast, and more. The more creative the better! This is your chance to show off! When you are finished, drop your project on to your portfolio

Whenever you press the B key, the sprite gets bigger. Whenever you press the S key, the sprite gets smaller.

Whenever the sprites "hears" a loud sound, it changes color.

Whenever the sprite is in the top 25% of the screen, it says, "I like it up here!".

Whenever the sprite touches something blue, it plays a high note. Whenever it touches something red, it hits a low note.

Whenever two sprites collide, one of them says, "Excuse me!".

Whenever the cat sprite gets near the dog sprite, the cat sprite runs away from the dog.

Whenever you click on the background, a flower appears in that spot.

Whenever you click on a sprite, all other sprites do a dance.

The sprite follows the mouse pointer, but it never gets too close to the mouse pointer.

Use NeboMusic to complete some more challenging Scratch activities. Choose one of the following projects from the website to complete:

  • Project #7: Growing Flowers

  • Project #8: Racing Game

  • Project #9: Quiz Game

Quick Reminder: On this website, you will see a variety of projects that are all numbered (Example: Project #1, Project #2, etc). As the number of the project gets higher, the difficulty level of the project also increases. In other words, the higher the number, the harder the project.

When you finish, save your work and submit it to your portfolio.

Scratch Programming - March 27th, 2018

posted Mar 27, 2018, 8:02 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 8:03 AM ]



Click on the image above to open the Scratch website. Then, create an account. When you finish, watch the video below to learn more about what you can do with Scratch.

Scratch Overview

As you explore this new world of Visual Programming, familiarize yourself with the various tools and options of the Scratch interface. This video will help you learn more.

Getting Started with Scratch.mp4

Click here if you do not see the video above.

Once you feel comfortable with Scratch, click  on the Scratch Tool Quiz on EClass to test your knowledge of the tools and blocks!

We will be using NeboMusic.Net to complete some fun Scratch activities!

On this website, you will see a variety of projects that are all numbered (Example: Project #1, Project #2, etc). As the number of the project gets higher, the difficulty level of the project also increases. In other words, the higher the number, the harder the project.

For this practice lesson, you will be choose one of the following projects from the website above to complete:

  • Project #1: Chasing/Eating

  • Project #2: Red Light/Green Light

  • Project #3: Pong

You will save your project and submit it to your portfolio

March 20th, 2018 - Intro to Binary

posted Mar 20, 2018, 8:03 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

Kahn Academy Binary Numbers.mp4

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!

Welcome to the wonderful world of binary

Let's play a game from the good folks at Cisco Cisco Binary introduction Game

Please access this game from the Cisco Learning Community

create an account, search for Binary Game in the search bar on their site
(be sure to read the instructions tab)

Click here to open Intel's Journey Inside Binary and Digital Information.

You will be reading the information, watching the videos, and completing the activities for lessons 1-4 and 6-7.

As you complete each lesson, answer the questions on the EClass Intro to Binary under the assessments tab for which ever section of the class you are in.

Use the ASCII Conversion Chart to write a secret message. Your message should be at least one sentence. When you finish, post your message to the message board on your EClass page.. Then, reply to one classmate by decoding their secret message.  

I shouldn't have to say it, but I will....... keep all discussion school appropriate.  

There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for inappropriate speech and language.  It will be a quiz grade, so taking a zero will hurt.


Once you have finished the above, get working on your CDAT Makerfest Project...... you DO have something to do!

March 2nd, 2018 - Hello Computer

posted Mar 1, 2018, 5:37 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 8:27 AM ]

Inside your Computer

Both a toaster and a computer have physical parts you can touch such as the keyboard and mouse. We call these parts hardware.

This is where the similarities between a toaster and computer end and the differences begin. Only the computer has something called software that enables it to figure out what to do with the input you give it. You can't touch software. Software gives the computer the ability to process many kinds of information. In contrast, all a toaster can process is bread (and the occasional waffle).

Another difference is a computer has a microprocessor. The microprocessor is the device in the computer that performs most of the tasks we ask the computer to do—from playing computer games to graphing the number of people who prefer cricket to curling. The microprocessor reads and performs different tasks according to the software that instructs it. This ability is what makes the computer such a versatile machine.

The key thing to remember is this: both a computer and a toaster have four basic components to how they operate (input, storage, processing, and output.) Unlike the toaster, the computer is unlimited in the things it can do. 

You have learned how the information processing cycle relates to a toaster. Now, it's your turn to explain the information processing cycle. Create an infographic using a web tool from the choices below. Your infographic should describe how the information processing cycle is similar to another item. Be sure to explain the cycle in your infographic. When you finish, upload your infographic to your portfolio 


Computer Networking and Data Communications Quizlet

Digital Citizenship Review

February 27th, 2018 - Computer Networking

posted Feb 28, 2018, 6:00 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 6:47 AM ]

A computer network is a number of computers linked together to allow them to share resources. Networked computers can share hardware, software and data.

Most computer networks have at least one server. A server is a powerful computer that provides one or more services to a network and its users. For example, file storage and email.

There are two main types of networks:

  1. Local Area Network (LAN)

  2. Wide Area Network (WAN)

A LAN covers a small area such as one site or building (ex: a school or a college).

Shows multiple workstations connected in a circle,  including a server.

A WAN covers a large geographical area. Most WANs are made from several LANs connected together.

Shows a WAN, made from several smaller networks, which could be local area networks (LAN). Each of the smaller networks has it's own server and multiple workstations connected.

  • The Internet is a WAN.

  • A network of bank cash dispensers is a WAN.

  • A school network is usually a LAN.

  • LANs are often connected to WANs. For example, a school network could be connected to the Internet.

  • WANs can be connected together using the Internet, leased lines or satellite links.

Advantages of networks include:

  • Sharing devices such as printers saves money.

  • Site (software) licences are likely to be cheaper than buying several standalone licenses.

  • Files can easily be shared between users.

  • Network users can communicate by email and instant messenger.

  • Security is good - users cannot see other users' files unlike on stand-alone machines.

  • Data is easy to backup as all the data is stored on the file server.

Disadvantages of networks include:

  • Purchasing the network cabling and file servers can be expensive.

  • Managing a large network is complicated, requires training and a network manager usually needs to be employed.

  • If the file server breaks down the files on the file server become inaccessible. Email might still work if it is on a separate server. The computers can still be used, but are isolated.

  • Viruses can spread to other computers throughout a computer network.

  • There is a danger of hacking, particularly with wide area networks. Security procedures are needed to prevent such abuse (ex: a firewall).

February 12th, 2018

posted Feb 12, 2018, 6:45 AM by Mr Becker

Image result for paper floor skimmer

Tuesday we will launch our floor gliders that you have constructed.... this will finish the sketching portion of our program.

Next we will briefly touch on what makes that box that sits on your desk work....... stay tuned

January 30th, 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 7:15 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 8:58 AM ]

QUIZLET For Quiz Review

Dimensions are as important as the shapes that you sketch. In order to accurately reproduce a part, the manufacturer must know the proper size and the proper location for all features. This includes the overall height, width, and depth of an object, as well as the size and location of all other features.

There are dozens of rules and guidelines associated with dimensioning. You will learn how to apply just eight of these in order to make your sketches easy for anyone to understand.

Dimensioning  Presentation

Use the above presentation to work your way through this worksheet.

Dimensioning  Worksheet

January 24th, 2017

posted Jan 23, 2018, 8:22 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 9:25 AM ]

Orthographic Projection

Did you know that when an invention is sent to the patent office, the patent office must verify that your invention is truly new and unique from other products? In order to do this, the patent office requires explanatory drawings with your application. A simple invention may only require one drawing. More complicated objects or products require orthographic drawings (commonly referred to as multi-view drawings) so that every feature of the invention listed is shown. This is to enable anyone with the appropriate skills to be able to build your invention and test it.  

Whether you plan to invent something or whether you are just interested in learning how to make something, a drawing helps you figure out the different parts and how those parts go together. Orthographic drawings enable the reader of the drawings to understand how each part fits and how the final product should look from all views.

Orthographic projection is used to show an object in true size or scale on a flat piece of paper. When we look at an object, we see three dimensions (height, width, depth) all at once. In an orthographic drawing, you will be looking at the object from three different planes. When you look at the front, only two dimensions – height and width – appear. From the top, the two dimensions are width and depth, and from the right side, the height and depth are the dimensions.

Here is a step by step guide to help become familiar with

Orthographic Projection  

Orthographic Projection Step by Step

Print out and complete the following worksheet.

Orthographic Projection Practice Worksheet 2018

This video may help you convert from Orthographic to Isometric  Isometric view created from Orthographic views

Hold on to the Orthographic Projection Practice 

Worksheet and physically turn in 1-30-18

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