Engineering Design is a course where students who want to build, design, and get creative can work on projects throughout the year. The beginning of the course covers many kinds of skills engineers need, including: woodworking and metalworking, data spreadsheet and formal document creation, hand sketching and computer aided drafting (Solidworks), simple electronics and circuitry, coding and programming, time management and project planning, and teamwork/leadership/interpersonal skills. The rest of the course involves two different kinds of activities: design challenges and independent projects. With design activities, one challenge is given to the whole class, and students must design and build a deliverable that competes to achieve the goals of the challenge (think SciTech). With independent projects, groups of students create their own goals (building a Frisbee launcher, an automatically locking/unlocking box, a payload to be taken into the atmosphere on a weather balloon, etc.) and design and build a deliverable that meets them. The class emphasizes the Engineering Design Algorithm, and students are challenged to work well and think critically to become effective, real-world problem-solvers.
Teacher contact info for assignments is: scitech.earnhart@gmailcom
A great example of prototyping, some students created a working model of an Ultimate Frisbee thrower. They plan to build a full-size version for their final project. (Spring 2015)
Spring Semester 2016
Day 46: Marble Run Advanced Brainstorm Day
Day 47: Marble Run Advanced Build & Test Day
Day 48: Personalities and Teamwork *Reading Assignment*
"Personalities and Egocentric Bias"
Day 49: Engineering Skills and Project Management
Day 50: The Engineering Design Process and tracking DEVOs and
Tower Challenge Day 1
Day 51: Tower Challenge Day 2
Design and Choice -- Gum and Spaghetti
Day 52: 3D printing!
Day 53: Tinkercad, Meshmixer, and 3D Scanning
Day 54: 3D printing: make a file!
Day 55: Making Toast, Critical Thinking
Day 56: Mars Challenge Movie
Grit, Buoyancy, and Failure
Online Grit Survey, Why Failure Can Make You More Successful
18 Things Mentally Strong People Do
Day 57: In-Class time for Final Independent Project Prototyping Begins Today!
Course Materials by Unit:
Updated Final Project Schedule:
Proposals Due by Day 45 (January 26 & 27)
Lectures & Mini Projects will run Day 46 - Day 56
In-Class Prototyping runs Day 57 (March 1 & 2) through Day 70 (April 14 & 15)
Final Deliverable due by Day 82 (May 18 & 19)
Final Documentation & Presentation Due Day 84 (May 24 & 25)
Ask for gift cards for hardware stores, etc.