Exploring Technology: In this course, 6th grade students will investigate how products can be improved and invented based on the current need to solve problems. Through engaging activities and hands-on projects of which are broken into three five-week sections (Robotics, 3D Printing, and Python coding) students will focus on understanding system design and various manufacturing technologies; and how technology can impact society, the environment, and the economy, as well as utilize engineering design concepts such as computer-aided design and other communication technologies to brainstorm and analyze solutions to technological problems. This is a semester course.
Students will be expected to turn in assignments when they are due. Assignments that are late will be deducted 10% for every day they are late. Classes are designed for students to complete all work in class.
NEEDS AND RESOURCES
To successfully complete this course, you will need to:
Students need earbuds, a hand-held pencil sharpener, 1-subject spiral notebook, and pencils.
Common Core Curriculum
We follow the Common Core Curriculum. Please visit the North Carolina Department of Public instruction for more information. The link is:
Instruction will be taught through guided instruction for hands-on projects and Interactive Read Aloud. A selected text to the whole class, occasionally, and selective pausing for conversation. Students think about, talk about, and respond to the text as a whole group or in pairs before recording and taking notes in their Engineering Design Journal or Electronic Portfolio. Weekly vocabulary is given and projects assigned. There will be quizzes/tests and journal checks for essential questions. Students will have to take time to work on assignments outside the classroom with more independent study.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
General Rules: Student Expectations
Grading Policy: Students are graded using the Gaston County Schools weighted grading scale and will be graded on:
Each student will be encouraged to achieve a minimum of 80% on each test or in-class assignments.
I use Gaston County grading scale to determine student grades. The grading scale is as follows:
I look forward to a great year as we incorporate new technology, learning strategies into our classroom. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached: