|ENGINEERING Technology is not your father’s (or mother’s) shop-class. This is the latest evolution of what has in the past been known in schools as “METALS”, “WOODS”, “SHOP”, “INDUSTRIAL ARTS”, “TECH ED”, “MODULAR TECHNOLOGY”, “ INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY” and finally ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY.
The STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) classes at Stanton Middle School are designed to provide real-world applications of the theories and concepts taught in core curriculum classes. As in real life, students are encouraged to become self-guided learners. Students work in teams at various activities ranging from engraving plastic billets on the CNC Milling machine to designing, testing and finishing a CO2 dragster to be raced against their classmates. The Industrial Technology lab presents students with the opportunity to experience and explore a variety of technological topics in many different fields.
|Robotics and Automation – Boys and girls will use an electromechanical robotic arm to explore the world of robots. Students will experience firsthand control of the trainer and then design their own program for the Robotek II to follow. Upon completing a successful program to control the robot, students race to complete a task (moving objects from one side of the workspace to the other).|
|Mobile Robotics and Programming – Students collaborate in small groups to build, program and test EV3 Lego robots. Various challenges allow the girls and boys to demonstrate their understanding of concepts like feedback, input and flowchart programming.|
|Simple Machines – Using Lego Dacta sets, students learn about simple machines from classification of levers to complex gearboxes. The Lego Dacta kits are used to build and test solutions to specific challenges presented in the assigned reading. Students may use Dacta guides to help meet the challenges incorporating the 6 different simple machines.|
|CNC Technology – Students will learn about Computer Programmed Machining, and will write an engraving program which the CNC MICROMILL will execute on a lexan billet students may take home.
|Models & Prototypes – Teams of students work using engineering design concepts to design, build and test air powered rockets. The goal is to be able to predictably and accurately fire them through elevated targets. Every member of the team builds their design and they work together to troubleshoot any flight problems.|
Aerodynamics – Your child will work with an operational wind tunnel to see the effects of wind on vehicles such as cars, trucks, and airplanes.
They will also design and test vehicles for things such as fuel economy, handling, top speed, and braking.
Paper Airplanes in school? That’s right, students design, build and test over 50 different paper airplane designs that challenge their understanding of aerodynamic principles as they learn how the flow of air molecules affect an object in flight.
|o Construction Technology – Girls and Boys have several options; they can do material testing, and delve into the history and progression of construction and design to see the impact technology has made on materials and processes used to build the world we live in today.|
|Another option is to follow blueprints to build 3 different scale walls; students take measurements, follow construction plans, saw, drill, and nail their walls together. They start with a basic stud wall, progress to a wall with a doorway, and finish with a window wall.|
|The final option is to design and build a bridge out of spaghetti or Balsa wood– students research bridge design, build test bridges on the computer and after they finalize their design, get to build their creation for competition/testing.
|3-D Virtual Reality – Boys and girls use a program to create their own 3-Dimensional Virtual setting. Starting with nothing but an empty space on the computer screen, the students begin by creating a house and finish with a tour through their fully furnished virtual world using Sketchup.|
|Mechanisms – Students use a computer and the mechanisms trainer to work with gear systems, levers and pulleys. They explore gear trains, mechanical advantage, and the many uses and advantages of simple machines.
|Basic Electricity – Children will work with electronic components to construct working electrical circuits that will make noise, light up, blink, or sometimes smoke quietly; all while learning about the history of electricity, electrical power production and use.|
|Graphic Design – Boys and girls will use Corel Draw to design a graphic image (containing text, fills, and pictures) which they can print on a Tee shirt using our shirt press. CorelDraw is also used in our CNC machining program at our high school.|
|CAD – Students get to use AutoCAD to create floor plans, and 3 view orthographic projections on the computer; Students also have the option of completing orthographic projections using a traditional drawing board and Tee square. Students may choose to do either one separately or try their hands at both methods.
|Energy Bike – Students use pedal power to experience why your electrical bill is so high from them leaving lights on. Voltage, Amperage, and Watts are a few of the terms students come to know and love with this module.|
|Navigation, GPS & Electronic Communication – Students use mapping skills and grid referencing to find locations and compare Global Positioning Coordinates. Orienteering and Cartography are also a part of this module. Using Encarta’s Virtual Globe and a Magellan GPS receiver, boys and girls gain a global perspective of the world they live and travel in. Students are required to navigate their way around a map of their creation.
|Graphics and Animation – Students learn about the evolution of animation; starting at the illusion of movement through stop action to complex computer generated imaging. Students use Macromedia Flash to design and create their own animated story sequence.|
|CO2 and NO-CO2 cars – Students meeting performance requirements in their standard modules have the opportunity to design and build race cars fired with a Co2 cartridge or a pneumatic launcher.
|Alternative Energy – Girls and boys will test different alternative energies (such as wind and solar). They will learn about sustainable and renewable energy, and experiment with energy conservation and thermal efficiency as it can be used in homes.
|The 8th grade Engineering Principles curriculum is different from the 6th grade Engineering Technology and 7th Pre-Engineering classes; being their third enrollment in STEM affords students ample opportunity to review and expand their understanding of different technologies in lecture and lab settings, but also to put this newfound knowledge to work completing projects they are able to take home.
Eighth grade projects include (but are not limited to):
|Robotics – designing and programming advanced robotic devices using EV3 Lego kits.
|Aerodynamics – studying flight, constructing and testing various aircraft including a self-propelled balsa plane.|
|CAD – Mechanical Drawing 3 view Orthographic Projections, designing and laying out a viable CO2 racecar within predetermined design envelope, completing a floor plan view of a kitchen.|
|Electronics – cutting and splicing wire, assembling and soldering electronic components to make simple circuits|
|Research & Design – use both virtual and actual wind tunnels as well as software to design and build a viable CO2 racecar that is used to demonstrate acceleration and calculate elapsed time and speed over distance.|
Woodworking – turning on a wood Lathe, produce a twist ballpoint pen on the lathe, beginning with layout of raw materials and concluding with finishing and assembly.
|CNC machining – writing G-Code to control a CNC Milling machine, designing and cutting on the Milling machine.|
|Graphic Design – design and create a logo which they print on a Tee shirt
|Mechanisms – using compound machines to create a spring powered vehicle capable of covering the longest distance.
|Siege engines – design, build and test a device capable of launching a projectile at a target, while at the same time constructing a protective structure with primitive tools to defend the target.
|Robotics Programming – build, control and program various robotic designs to fulfill an assortment of objectives using assorted sensors as judged best suited to a particular challenge.|
|Students are also able to choose various workstation modules which they may have been unable to try in 6th and 7th grade.|