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Hello and thank you for visiting my Engineering Tech site. Here you will find a weekly agenda of class happenings. 

6th Grade

Week of May 14th
Students will be competing head-to-head against Mr. Harper's class in an Ollie obstacle course. 

Week of May 7th
Students will be participating in a group catapult competition to see which group can score the most points with their catapults.

Week of April 23rd
Students will be designing a catapult made up of simple machines that will fire a ping pong ball across the wood shop. 

Week of April 16th
Students will explore different types of simple machines and talk about their uses. They will then design a functioning catapult using the knowledge gained.

Week of April 9th
Students will begin gluing their hot-air balloon pieces together and test fly at the end of the week.

Week of April 2nd
Students will begin learning about the science behind hot-air balloons before working in teams to construct a hot-air balloon out of tissue paper.

Week of March 19th
Students will put the finishing touches on their bridges before testing on Thursday.

Week of March 12th
Students will go through the redesign phase of the Engineering Design Process and design a second truss bridge based off the failings of their first bridge. Their ultimate goal is to construct a bridge that will hold over 70lbs.

Week of March 5th
Students will continue to construct their popsicle stick truss bridges. Their goal is to construct a bridge that will hold over 70lbs.

Week of Feb. 12th
Students will be block coding Spheros to perform a straight line, a rectangle, and to go up a ramp and settle on top.

Week of Jan. 22nd
Students will be cutting out their boats and sanding. Boats will be sent home as homework to paint towards the end of the week.

Week of Jan. 15th
Students will be working on designs for their wooden paddle boats. They will also be cutting out their boats by the end of the week.

Week of Dec. 4th

Students will be calculating their average score for the catapult competition. Students will also begin working on block coding.

Week of Nov. 27th.

Students will be completing their catapults and firing ping pong balls at a target.

Week of Nov. 13th

Students will be working in groups to construct a ping pong ball catapult. Students should be test firing by the end of the week. 


Week of Nov. 6th

Students will be grouping up in order to build a ping pong ball catapult. Students will explore different forms of energy and discuss different types of simple machines before building their catapults.

Week of Oct. 30th

Students will be putting the final touches on their balloons in order to fly them. We will be flying the balloons in the cafeteria and trying to reach the ceiling.

Week of Oct. 23rd

Students will work in groups to assemble their tissue paper parts to construct their hot air balloons.

Week of Oct. 9th

Students will work in groups to cut out balloon parts from their tissue paper to construct their hot air balloons.

Week of Oct. 2nd

Students will work in their groups to finalize their bridges. Students will test bridges on Friday to try to beat their first weight score.

Week of Sept. 25th

Students will complete the redesign phase for a 2nd truss bridge. Students will look at fail points and other design flaws in their first bridge to design a stronger second bridge.

Week of Sept. 11th

Students will be working in 3-person groups building truss bridges out of popsicle sticks. Groups will be graded on how much weight the bridge holds before failing. 

Week of Sept. 4th

Students will be introduced to 2-3 different types of truss bridges. They will then research and figure out which bridge may be the strongest in terms of design. Students will then use the engineering design process to sketch several designs that they may build out of popsicle sticks.

Week of Aug. 28th

The sixth grade students will be installing paddles and racing their paddle boats.Students will keep track of their times and average them at the end. Students will also use their times to help determine their speed using: speed= distance/time.


8th Grade

Week of May 14th
Students will be competing head-to-head against Mr. Harper's class in an Ollie obstacle course. 

Week of May 7th
Students will be testing their CO2 cars and competing in a triple elimination tournament. Students will use their race time to determine their average speed in miles per hour at the end of the tournament.
Week of April 23rd
Students will be transferring their CO2 car designs to blocks of wood and cutting out and refining their CO2 car.

Week of April 16th
Students will complete their 3D CO2 car prototypes and begin designing their final CO2 car to be made out of wood. 

Week of April 9th
Students will work on completing their 7 isometric design replications in TinkerCad. 

Week of April 2nd
Students will begin learning about 3D design using TinkerCad, an online 3D design program. 

Week of March 19th
Students will complete their coding of the Ollies to successfully complete the maze.

Week of March 12th
Students will begin coding the Ollies to navigate through a maze.

Week of March 5th
Students will be wrapping up their "Battle Sphero" builds. Double elimination challenge will begin on Wednesday. 

Week of Feb. 12th
Students will be block coding the Spheros to perform a straight line, a rectangle, an octogon, and go up a ramp and settle on top.

Week of Jan. 22nd
Students will be designing and building a functioning catapult to hurl a ball from one end of the shop to the other. 

Week of Jan 15th
Students will be programming drones to accomplish objectives around the room. Students will be using block coding with the use of the Tynker app.


Week of Dec. 4th

Students will be competing in a double elimination CO2 car tournament. At the end of the tournament, students will be calculating their average speed in MPH.

Week of Nov. 27th

Students will be completing their CO2 cars and competing in a double elimination tournament. During the tournament, students will be keeping track of their times to calculate average speed during the tournament.

Week of Nov. 13th

Students will review safety procedure for the shop in order to use the tools correctly and safely. Students will be producing a CO2 car from a block of wood.

Week of Nov. 6th

Students will be sketching a final CO2 car design on a paper model. This design will then get transferred to a wooden blank. 

Week of Oct. 30th

Students will be finalizing their 3D CO2 car designs in Tinker Cad. 

Week of Oct. 23rd

Students will be completing their 3D designs and working on replicating CAD objects in TinkerCad.

Week of Oct. 9th

Students will be designing 3D solar glass in TinkerCad.

Week of Oct. 2nd

Students will be competing for best time while navigating the Ollies through an obstacle course.

Week of Sept. 25th

Students will be coding spheros to complete a maze. Students will be graded on speed and accuracy. 

Week of Sept. 11th
Students will continue working in groups of 3 programming the Sphero balls. Students will be graded on their ability to program the Spheros to trace a line, square, triangle, and diamond. 

Week of Sept. 4th

Students will begin working with the programmable Spehero balls. Students will have to program the Spheros to accomplish several small tasks.

Week of Aug. 28th

The eighth grade students will be manually flying the drones through an obstacle course for time. Times will be compiled per group and averaged to see which team navigates the course the best.

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