August 21st - September 1st

posted Aug 30, 2017, 7:22 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 8:05 AM ]



First a reminder, those of you in the Foundations/Intro to Digital Tech classes will be taking the SPG in this class on 8-24 and 8-25
Really concentrate on the questions....you will take this same exact test in the spring 
(It might even be your final exam!)

Now ANNOUNCING

Cardboard Furniture Design Challenge

 Due 1st week of May 2017


We are bringing back a popular design challenge from last year!!

You are tasked with designing and building a functional piece of furniture out of recycled cardboard.  You may use duct tape, but only sparingly, and only to connect pieces together. Tape CANNOT be structural in nature.

You do not have to bring your furniture to class.  Send a picture of your furniture be utilized to my lanierhs.org email address.  Pictures will be shared with the class.

This project is not mandatory, but will add extra credit to your grade for the year.

You have all seen the "couch" in the back corner......here are some other projects from last year






This week we will be taking a look at some Engineers throughout history, but first, what are we talking about?  What is engineering?





Who made the modern age possible? Here are a few of the pioneers Historical Engineers

This is just a few of the people throughout history..... There are many, many more.
Which leads us to your next assignment:

Your job is to make a :60 - :90 second summary (and please feel free to make it fun/funny) of an engineer not yet discussed in class

You can work in groups of up to 3, but all members must contribute. 

(Note that it will be possible for team members to receive very different grades, the more you contribute, the higher your possible grade. I will be keeping track of what I observe during class) 

 It needs to include the basics of your engineer:
  • Name
  • Location
  • Era/Time
  • Biggest accomplishments
  • Type of Engineer
  • Any relationship to other famous engineers
  • Some type of interesting trivia about this person that most folks don't know.
You and your team will present your findings to the class.  You may use any medium at your disposal , but you will be standing at the front of the class to deliver summary.

Your summary will be presented in class 8/31 and 9/1

The biggest error we see students make is thinking they have so much time.  The better thinking is to be done early, make any minor adjustments, and chill out.  Instead, many wait, get stressed out and yelled at, then work really hard at the end.  Sounds like if the same amount of hard work is done early, life is better...

Here's the basic rubric for your presentations:
  • A - excellent information, entertaining format (or at least a strong attempt)
  • B - some flaws in info and/or low attempt at entertainment
  • C - correct info, no attempt at entertainment
  • D - bare bones, obvious lack of research, large pieces of info missing
  • F - nothing
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