IDT Assignments 2017-18

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

January 18th, 2018

posted Jan 19, 2018, 8:07 AM by Mr Becker


Pictorial drawings show the shape of an object viewed by the human eye. Pictorial sketches are sketches that show height, width, and depth all in one view. Common types of pictorial drawings are isometric and perspective.

An isometric sketch shows an object in which the width and depth are projected at 30 degree angles from the horizontal axis. The height, width, and depth values are all at the same scale. A technique that you can use when making an isometric sketch is to use isometric grid paper. This helps with determining the correct angle for your sketch.

Perspective is a way to draw that shows a view of the object in the most realistic way. Vanishing points are used to guide the lines in the object to the horizon line or the horizontal line that you see at your line of sight. In a one-point perspective, all lines in the depth project to one point (the vanishing point). For example, when you look down a long, straight train track, it appears that the track eventually narrows until it vanishes. In a two-point perspective, the width lines converge on one vanishing point, and the depth lines converge on the other vanishing point. Think of standing at the corner of a city block; the buildings vanish in both directions.

Pictorial sketches help engineers explain ideas and communicate to the customer what the final part will look like. Unfortunately, pictorial drawings have some disadvantages. Foreshortened views and distorted features do not allow for accurate prototyping. In order for parts to be accurately depicted, you typically need views that directly portray each surface. In order to obtain these straight line views, we have a type of drawing called orthographic projection, also known as multiview drawing. Orthographic projection is a way to project a view based on a line of sight that is perpendicular to that view. Orthographic drawings are said to show true size and shape.

Watch this presentation on Sketching Practice

We will use what you have learned to complete this Sketching Practice worksheet

Make a copy of this sheet (file, make a copy) to your google drive, and use that one to complete the assignment.

If you have access to a printer, you may go ahead and get a head start on this.  If not, you will have the opportunity to do them it in class next time we meet.

January 17th, 2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 7:37 PM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 9:33 AM ]

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

January 17th, 2018

This week, we will start learning about sketching techniques, Orthographic Projection, and Isometric Projection.  

This will give you a deeper understanding of these techniques, and allow you to convey this information without the aid of a computer.

Go through this Sketching Intro Presentation on the different techniques, and complete this Sketching Intro worksheet

Turn worksheet in the EClass Dropbox for your class

January 10th, 2018 - Resume

posted Jan 10, 2018, 5:54 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 7:03 AM ]

Resume writing is an important life skill in today's fast-changing workplace. Where prior generations had one or two steady jobs in their lifetime, today’s workers can expect to have six to nine jobs before retiring. That’s why knowing how to write and maintain a clear, effective and professional-looking resume is key to achieving a successful career.

Here are 2 resumes for you to compare and contrast.  Who would you call in for an interview?

Why?  Really think about your answers with clear and concise arguments.

Sally's Resume

Joe's Resume

Go over both resumes in class, spend a few minutes writing down errors and needed improvements

When done, research different resume formats online, and then start creating your own resume that you will include on your portfolio!

Different Resume examples

January 8th, 2018 - Careers Continued

posted Jan 9, 2018, 10:19 AM by Mr Becker

Here's the link that details some jobs that are available in Engineering today 

What types of jobs can you find in engineering?

Get familiar with these career choices, we will have a quiz on whom does what..... what kind of engineer works

in a particular field, and other terms dealing with employment.


     Use this Quizlet to study for the quiz we will be having later this week

                                                   A Quizlet for refresher on skills

                                      A Quizlet of different Engineering Careers

Most of you have filled out this survey,  make sure it is on your portfolio. Group Dynamics Decision making

Explore the resources available to you on ECLASS Virtual Job Shadow ...if that link doesn’t work, you can get there

from your EClass start page, look for the link!!

Here is a power point on Problem Solving.  

Watch this presentation, then fill out this worksheet.

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

we will discuss it in class next time we meet.

January 8th, 2018

posted Jan 6, 2018, 7:13 PM by Mr Becker

Go to the ECLASS page for this class for your assignments

January 4th, 2018 - What type of Engineer do you want to be?

posted Jan 3, 2018, 12:34 PM by Mr Becker   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 6:21 AM ]

Last semester, we talked about famous engineers, both living and dead, that have shaped the world we live in with our modern society. 

Where do you fit in?  What in Engineering interests you?

Remember the Engineering Design Process..... What challenges do you want to take on? 

What PROBLEMS can you solve?

Here's a link that details some jobs that are available in Engineering today 

Get familiar with these career choices, we will have a quiz on whom does what..... what kind of engineer works in a particular field.

What basic skills are employers looking for?

Run through this checklist and check where you think you rank. EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS CHECKLIST

How do you see yourself in these terms? Do you have what employers are looking for?

Here are some videos from people working in different Engineering careers.... hear what they have to say, learn what you need to be a success in your chosen field!

Civil Engineer

Career Spotlight Civil Engineer

Software Engineer

Career Spotlight Software Engineer

Spatial Interaction Engineer

Career Spotlight Spatial Interaction Engineer

Industrial Engineer

Career Spotlight Industrial Engineer

Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Career Spotlight Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer

Bio engineer

Career Spotlight Bioengineer

Mechatronics Engineer

Career Spotlight Mechatronics Engineer

Chemical Engineer

Cool Careers Chemical Engineer.mp4

Familiarize with these categories, they will help you when searching for a career, and will also be on a quiz!

And finally, a little self reflection......what would you do in these situations. Group Dynamics Decision making

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:

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