IDT Assignments 2017-18

December 7th - Portfolio Update

posted Dec 7, 2017, 8:36 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:11 AM ]

Now that we have completed the HTML 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 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:

  • Photoshop Exercise

  • Premier Pro Exercise/ Safety Video (CDAT Project 1)

  • CDAT Redesign

  • CDAT Project 2

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

  • Water Filtration (for 1a)

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

December 4th

posted Dec 4, 2017, 10:48 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

For those of you having issues finding the Photoshop assignment for your portfolio, here is a repost of the assignment. Concentrate on the first link and get that up on your portfolio.

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,

Go to this website  and start with the section "Learning Essentials" then, if time allows,  you can do the "Getting Started" tutorial

If the videos or downloads don't work on that link, here are two shared Google Drive folders to download the videos and stuff:

Learning Essentials tutorials

Getting Started tutorials

November 27th

posted Nov 27, 2017, 6:39 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 7:03 AM ]

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

First, this week we will have a quiz for our HTML project. This will be Thursday or Friday, depending on when you have me.
This is a warm up for next week.
Next week we will take a test on HTML and CCS.  This will be next Thursday or Friday, depending on when you have me.

Here is a study guide on the type of things that will be asked...

Second, Your performance final is due on December 7 or 8th, depending on when you have me for class.  Your Performance file is your Portfolio.

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

CDAT Redesign
CDAT Project 1 (safety video)
CDAT Project 2 (buoy project)
HTML Projects 1, 2, & 3

November 8, 2017

posted Nov 7, 2017, 12:04 PM by Mr Becker   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

I will be out the rest of the week do to some unforeseen family medical issues.
Please be respectful for the substitute!! 

For the rest of the week, you should continue with HTML.  Continue on the W3 schools lessons on CSS, Links, Images.  

Actually do the complete lesson ( I know some, if not most of you are just skimming the pages..... DON'T)
Do the whole page as it is presented

You should complete the following lessons on W3 Schools
HTML Links
HTML Images
HTML Colors
HTML Blocks

Below are the requirements for the next html project.  
HTML project 02

When you have completed project #2, move on to project #3

Here is the third and final HTML Project.

Before starting on this project, you'll need to go over the lesson on W3 Schools over HTML Tables.

October 27th

posted Oct 26, 2017, 8:35 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

Now that your floor plans for the new and improved CDAT are completed and presented, make sure that they are up on your student portfolio.

It is now time we move on to a IDT portion of the course.....with basics of HTML

Start on 
these HTML tutorials.  Start on "HTML Introduction" and go all the way though "HTML Formatting".

We realize that computers will be at a premium, please play nice and share..... NO GAME PLAYING!!!!


Here's what you need to know about HTML and CSS.  Bookmark it.  I'll update it as needed.

Finish the tutorials on W3 schools.  See the above post if you don't know what I'm talking about.

This will be the first project in HTML.  You should finish this by the end of classes on Wednesday, November 8th .

October 16th - October 25th

posted Oct 16, 2017, 4:04 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 9:37 AM ]

October 16th, 2017

We need your help!!

CDAT is looking to expand its physical footprint in order to accommodate our expanding student population.

We are limited to our current location or locations on the 3rd floor.  

What makes sense, what do you want to see in CDAT.  It is about you, after all.

Design and present a new space for CDAT, accommodating what classes we have now and at least 2 new teachers and a 30 x 40 ft Makerspace.  

Don't forget the storage rooms - "T" closet, Toy closet, Engineering Closet, and the Tech closet.
What Square footage will we need for storage?

The stairs, PBX, and restrooms must remain where they are....other the that......

Have measurements, both Imperial and Metric. Have it all mapped out. 

Have justification......have fun, this is the future of your Academy!

Lets make CDAT work for all of us!!

October 10th - October 13th

posted Oct 10, 2017, 6:37 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 5:06 AM ]

We have a Test the end of this week

Link to Test review for Wave Power

Oct. 11 Update

A little practice with Microsoft Excel....

October 2nd - October 6th

posted Oct 4, 2017, 6:03 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 4:01 PM ]

What factors influence appropriate and ideal locations for a wave generator system, and what mathematics is needed to analyze ocean buoy data?

  •  Investigate the map in the center of the page.
  •  Note that some buoys are red and others are yellow.
  •  Locate a key on the site to identify the significance of the colors.
  •  Which color stations have recent data?
  •  Approximately how many buoys with recent data are located near Australia?
  •  Double click over Australia. Locate the Coral Sea. Click on one of the buoys located in this area.
  •  Note the graph that appears, including the title and labels.
  •  Click on “View Details” at the lower left of the graph.
  •  Click on the picture of the buoy. What kind of buoy is this?

And now for some fun with graphs..... Take the knowledge we have acquired and apply it to the following exercise

Update Sept. 27

posted Sep 27, 2017, 6:44 AM by Mr Becker

Quiz on waves on Sept. 28th and 29th
The following link will allow you to request joining the the FOE 17-18 Quizlet page, where you can study the terms

September 14th - 22nd

posted Sep 14, 2017, 6:20 AM by Mr Becker

Here's  short video by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gives a good introduction to waves.

By the end of this video, you should be able to answer the following:

  •  How are ocean waves formed? 
  •  How does wind make waves?
  •  As the wind energy moves through the water, which direction does the water move? 
  •  How is the wind energy transferred from one water molecule to another? 

Wave and Tidal Energy  this document will help if things are unclear

How does a direct current (DC) generator work, and what is the difference between a DC generator and a DC motor?

Do Internet research on how DC generators work, how they differ from DC motors and alternators, then investigate actual DC generators

All students should bring in a plastic water bottle next week ( Sept. 18-20), we will build impellers and see how much power we can generate using a multi meter. 

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