Exploring Technological Systems: This course focuses on 8th grade students' understanding of how technological systems work together to solve problems and foster innovation. As technology becomes more integrated and systems become dependent upon each other, this course gives students a general background on the different types of systems, concentrating on the connections between them. Within this course students are given various hands-on projects consisting of Robotics, 3D Printing, and Python coding. 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 selectively 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: