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.
Assignments: Students will be expected to turn in assignments when they are due.
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 Canvas Learning Management System. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Taking notes in their Engineering Design Journal and Electronic Portfolio is a weekly expectation. Students will have time to work on assignments outside the classroom for practice and independent study for vocabulary, projects, and research.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
General Rules: Student Expectations
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.
10-point Grading Scale
Gaston County Schools uses a 10-point grading scale for students in grades 3-12. The 10-point scale is required by the state for high schools. Gaston County Schools also uses the 10-point scale for grades 3-8 to ensure consistency and a smooth transition for students as they move from elementary and middle school to high
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: