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Manufacturing a Product

Manufacturing a Product

This unit reviews the components that make up the manufacturing process such as safety, design, purchasing, processing, production, packaging, and distribution. Students learn about the three types of manufacturing, custom, job lot, and mass production, and experience...

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Teamwork

Teamwork

Teamwork is important in the classroom and the engineering field. Students read about why teamwork is so important in this field and how engineers work together on projects. Students complete activities that focus on working with and communicating with team members....

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Systems and Optimization

Systems and Optimization

This unit explores parts of a system and how systems work. Students apply what they learn about input, output, and feedback by creating a poster to demonstrate the process. Time: 4-5 Hours

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Exploration and Use of Online Services

Exploration and Use of Online Services

This unit reviews safe and ethical ways to use the Internet. Students are given different scenarios about online safety and then reflect on the scenarios in small groups before sharing with the rest of the class. Time: 2-3 Hours

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Design and Modeling

Design and Modeling

This unit introduces factors in the design process and takes students through designing and modeling a solution to a problem. Students design, create, and draw pictogram directions for building a container that will hold and protect 25 pieces of fruit. Time: 1-3 Hours

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Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright and Intellectual Property

This unit reviews copyrights, trademarks, patents, plagiarism, and the laws surrounding them. Students synthesize this information and take a stance on why copyrights are or are not important. Time: 1-2 Hours

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Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to Sustainability

This unit introduces sustainability and helps students reflect on their own impacts on the environment. Students research sustainability and come up with a vision for their future highlighting the importance of sustainability. They distinguish the difference between...

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Developing Ideas

Developing Ideas

Students learn how to create floor plans and apply this through mapping out an emergency evacuation plan. This unit starts with rough sketches of the classroom that turn into scaled drawings with dimension lines, symbols, and a key. Fire safety and evacuation is...

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Energy

Energy

Students learn about different forms of energy, energy sources, how energy is measured, and the first two laws of thermodynamics. This unit explores how energy is used in the US and what types are used around the world. Students investigate and measure how they use...

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Properties of Flight

Properties of Flight

This unit reviews the history of flight, parts of a plane, and the four forces of flight. Students use the forces of flight to design, construct, and modify a paper airplane that flies the farthest. Paper airplane Time: 1-2 Hours

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Exploration of Networking and IT Support

Exploration of Networking and IT Support

This unit introduces how networks are setup and how information is sent and received between devices. It introduces the equipment used and the protocols that are followed. Students are given criteria for networking a small restaurant and create a diagram and floor...

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Discovering Sketching and Drafting

Discovering Sketching and Drafting

Hours Students learn the basics of orthographic drawings including the three views (front, right, and top), types of lines, and how different views share certain dimensions. Students progress from free-hand sketches to making scaled orthographic drawings using...

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Hardware, Operation Systems and Application Software

Hardware, Operation Systems and Application Software

This unit introduces the physical components that make up a computer along with the operating system and application software. Students are given an interactive set of questions that take them through the parts of a computer, and then research brands, models,...

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Presenting the Solution

Presenting the Solution

Students get to rock out on this unit as they construct electric guitars and investigate sound. Students will learn the basic parts of a guitar and how a pickup transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy through the process of induction. This unit reviews how...

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Coding and 2D Design

Coding and 2D Design

Hours This unit teaches the basics of creating a 2D game through instructional videos. Students investigate nuclear weapons, prevention, and neutralization while creating their own game about preventing nuclear terror. Multimedia Fusion 2 Grand Challenge- Prevent...

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Coding and 3D Design

Coding and 3D Design

Students use instructional videos to learn about drag-and-drop programming, loops, and the basics for creating a 3D game. Their new skills are tested through completing the Microsoft Kodu Grand Challenge where they have to create their own game based on the...

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