Applied Physics & Engineering • 9th Grade • Spring 2019

Kyle Linnik

High Tech High Mesa

"There is no greater integrity, no greater goal achieved, than an idea articulately expressed through something made with your hands.  We call this constant dialog between eye, mind, and hand ‘critical thinking - critical making.’  It’s an education in getting your hands dirty, in understanding why you made what you made, and owning the impact of that work in the world.  It’s what artists and designers do."-John Maeda

Course Information:


Kyle Linnik (Physical Science)









Course Description:

Applied Physics and Engineering is a hybrid class connecting Physical sciences, Engineering and career and technical education with the modern tools, technology, skills and techniques systematically used in current Science, Technology, Engineering, Design and Fabrication careers.  This class is designed around a workshop environment, in which students will be introduced to the physical sciences, active problem identification and solving techniques, while engaging first-hand in the creative and constructive processes necessary to be successful in the modern workforce.  This class will serve as an introductory course for physical science focusing craftsmanship, design, engineering, critical thinking and experimentation, through the use of a variety of modern tools, materials, technology and methods.

In this class we will be covering the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for High School Physics learned through the lens of Project Based Learning (PBL).  For more detailed information regarding this content or the methods of PBL please visit my Digital Portfolio (DP) listed above.


All projects will be posted on Mr. Linnik’s DP - www. MakerLounge.com

Throughout this semester we will be working on a variety of different assignments and projects.  Classwork and/or projects may be assigned individually, with partners, or with groups.  While the majority of our time together will be dedicated to work on these assignments and projects, depending on how well class time is used, it may be necessary to work on some of these assignments and projects outside of our time together.  While I will work to keep this time to a minimum, this will largely depend on how well you utilize our time together

Classroom Guidelines:

As this is a hands-on active learning environment, your attendance, focus, and attention to safety protocols is of the utmost importance.  As a student in this class you are expected to follow these guidelines:


As much of the work in this class tends to be subjective in nature, students projects will be assessed using the following four categories in order to objectively quantify a student's performance:

  1. Creativity: work reflects self-expression and imagination
  2. Originality: work has a distinct, and individual style and approach
  3. Craftsmanship: student takes the time to craft a well-produced and thoughtful product.
  4. Effort: intensity of work habit and commitment shows that one is engaged and devoted to the challenge of the project

Your grade in this course will be calculated on a total points system at the end of each term.  It is important to note that class participation, engagement and effort are a large factor in your grade in this class.  An approximate breakdown of your overall grade is shown below:

Classwork/Homework: 25%

Assessments/Quizzes/Tests: 25%

Projects : 50%

100-98       A+             89 – 88      B+                 79 – 78     C+         69-68 D+     <59 F                

97– 93       A                87 – 83      B                   77 – 73     C            67-63 D                       

92 – 90      A-               82 – 80      B-                 72 – 70     C-           62-60 D-

Absences & Missing Assignments:

Students are required to contact the teacher to collect the information, and the work they missed when they were absent. All students are required to make-up missing work before and/or after school, and turn the work within a reasonable time agreed between student and teacher.


As this is workshop-based classroom, the safety of everyone is the number one importance and is the responsibility of everyone in the classroom. Therefore, in order to participate in any hands-on activity in the workshop, all students will be required to read through and complete a safety contract with their parents, follow ALL shop safety guidelines and expectations and accurately complete (100%) a safety exam following training.  These items will be sent home for review at the beginning of the semester. Failure to follow these rules will result in the student not being allowed to participate in the activity.


I have read the attached syllabus and understand that this is an outline for the course I am about to take.  I also understand that due to the nature of project-based learning the contents of this syllabus are subject to change over the course of the semester.

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