August 15 - August 19th

posted Aug 16, 2016, 8:08 AM by Mr Becker   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 8:48 AM ]

This week, we will be going over how to write an Industry Standard Engineering report.

This link will take you to a PowerPoint presentation which explains the concepts and the order the components of an engineering report cover.

SREB - Engineering Report PP

Engineering Report Components

The final Engineering Report must be typed using Times New Roman font, 12 pt. type. 

The report

should use one-inch margins all around; the text should be double spaced; and the report stapled.

A Google Document is due for submission. Points will be deducted for late submissions.

The following sections must be included, in this order, with each section labeled accordingly.

Title Page: 

Contains title of project, name of student, names of team members, date submitted, and

“submitted to” followed by the teacher’s name.


A 250-word-maximum summary of the EDP and conclusions.

Introduction to the Research Question: Introduces the design question, discusses what information

is currently available, addresses the issues, and contains appropriate, reliable, current

resources (from articles, Power Points, Internet research and other sources).

Methods and Materials:

A description of the method used to build and test the device, and the materials in list form.

Design Documentation: 

A schematic diagram of the device, with accurate measurements.

Data Analysis and Findings: 

Tables, graphs, and/or charts of test data related to the device; statements of the findings.

Discussion and Conclusions: 

Discusses the findings, as well as the limitations of the device, and gives suggestions for improvement.

Literature Cited: 

All resources cited in the report are listed in alphabetical order by lead author’s last name, using APA style and Easybib software.


Vocabulary that may be new to the report audience is listed and defined for this project in alphabetical order.

We will start using this format for reports that we do on our projects, which will show that you have an understanding of what you have done, and are able to create a document that is in actual use industry wide.

This report will be a separate grade.  Each team member should also have it linked to your portfolio

Since this is a new concept, we will start with something simple........ Simple Machine's that is.

To get your mind pointing in the right direction, we'll watch the following video:

Simple Machines     (you should be able to answer the questions that these kids have)

Simple Machines_ Pulley, Block Tackle Calculation Problems Made Easy 

And here is a breakdown from VEX on what makes up simple machines:

VEX ROBOTICS - The Six Types of Simple Machines

You will use the project below, completing both the project, and an engineering report in a google doc on the project.

Simple Machines


Your group will design, build, and demonstrate a machine that meets the following criteria:

·         It must include at least two simple machines

·         It must be able to move a 50 gram weight a horizontal distance of at least 50 cm·


You will be working over the next few weeks on this project.  This project will have you researching simple machines and how they can be combined to make a complex machine.  You will find household items that can be used for the completion of this project. 

Bring your materials to class, where you will be able to create, test, and refine....and also be able to use our tools.


Each team’s design should be 100% original. You may recycle old materials  (toys, skateboards for wheels), but they must be changed in someway .

A DAY CLASS:  Machine due in class 8/25, Report Due 9/1

B DAY CLASS;  Machine due in class 8/26, Report Due 9/2

Each project will be graded on the following parameters:




Simple Machine


     Creativity of Design


     Solution to Problem


    Class time used for research/building


   Project completed