824 - INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Grades 9, 10, 11 • Semester • 1/2 credit • 1 period per day • Elective • Fee • Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Engineering Technology is a one semester course that will expose students to many differentareas of technology. Topics that may be included/incorporated are: power and energy - physics, simplemachines, fluid power systems, robotics and mechanical devices; manufacturing materials and processes -simple project construction using manufacturing processes in the areas of woodworking, metal work, plastics,and computer controlled machines; engineering - civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical conceptsare applied in the lab through problem solving activities.

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Creative Engineering Design Unit

Summary

Students learn about the cycle of product design through six activities that follow the steps of a simplified engineering design process. Hence, the six activity topics are:
1) identify the need and define the problem;
2) conduct background research, such as an idea web, internet patent search, standards and codes search, reverse engineering, and user interviews;
3) brainstorm and develop ideas and possible solutions;
4) evaluate alternatives and perform design analysis;
5) construct and test prototypes; and
6) perform evaluation and manufacture final products.

Engineering Connection

The field of engineering is all encompassing in its subject matter and real-world challenges. Yet, engineers of all disciplines have in common certain approaches — teamwork, brainstorming, problem defining with requirements and constraints, the iterative steps of the design process, testing and analysis, prototyping, production and communication. All engineers use some form of the steps of the engineering design process to organize their ideas, and test and refine potential solutions to real-life challenges. Engineers must gain an understanding of all the contextual factors of a particular design challenge — need for the project, relevant social, ethical, environmental and economic conditions of the target population, system integration, and project needs and limitations. Working through all the technical and non-technical issues helps engineers generate useful, appropriate and successful design solutions.

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Engineering and the Design Process

Motion and Forces

It's Not Rocket Science

In this unit, students will explore rocket flight and identify major factors that affect the altitude that a 2-liter bottle rocket can reach. They will design, build, and launch a 2-liter bottle rocket that is designed for maximum altitude. They will develop methods for measuring the altitude that the rocket reaches. Students will gain an understanding of air resistance, altitude, pressure, stability, and trajectory through scientific inquiry and math.

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May the Force Be With You: Thrust

Electric Vehicle Body Design

Power efficiency is the goal of all good environmentally conscious designs. As you will see throughout the EV unit, there are many factors that influence this efficiency. The goal in this lesson is to determine the effects of the body design on the vehicle’s travel and engine efficiency. Efficiency, practicality, and marketing the product must all be kept in mind when designing the vehicle’s body and determining the material the vehicle will be made of. Students will design, test, and create a prototype of their design as well as market their product to industry and consumers by the end of this lesson.

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Engineering Brainstorming

Energy

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Bernoulli's Principle

Electricity

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Waves

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