Engineering Design Curriculum Outline

Established Goals

Engineering Standards

Communication Standards

Transfer Tasks

Understandings

Essential Questions

Knowledge

The Engineering Design Process

The Influence of Technology

Engineering as a Career

Computer Programming

Skills

The Engineering Design Process

Technical Writing

Technical Communication

Technical Drawing

Digital Media and Environments

Teamwork

The Influence of Technology

Assessment Evidence

Course Outline

Introduction to Engineering (3 weeks)

iPad Case for Teachers (7 weeks)

Water Purification for the Third World (14 weeks)

Final Individual Programming Project (11 weeks)


Established Goals

Engineering Standards

  1. Engineering Design Process
  1. Engineering Problems 
  1. Engineering Research
  1. Develop Solutions
  1. Engineering Drawing
  1. Evaluate Solutions
  1. Influence of Technology
  1. Engineering as a Career 
  1. Teamwork 

Communication Standards

  1. Write Arguments
  1. Write Informative/Explanatory Texts
  1. Write Collaboratively
  1. Write Professionally
  1. Engineering Presentations
  1. Digital Media Environments 


Transfer Tasks

During the fourth marking period final project, students will independently use their learning to:

Understandings

Students will understand that:

Essential Questions

Students will keep considering:

Knowledge

Students will know:

The Engineering Design Process
  1. Define the Problem
  1. Generate Ideas
  1. Select a Design Concept
  1. Develop a Detailed Design
  2. Create Prototypes and/or Models  
  1. Evaluate the Design
  1. Refine the Design  
  1. Communicate the Process and Results

The Influence of Technology
Engineering as a Career
Computer Programming

Skills

Students will:

The Engineering Design Process
Technical Writing
Technical Communication
Technical Drawing
Digital Media and Environments 
Teamwork 
The Influence of Technology

Assessment Evidence

  1. Understand the  Engineering Design Process
  2. Describe Engineering Problems
  3. Conduct Engineering Research
  4. Develop Solutions to Engineering Problems
  5. Test Solutions to Engineering Problems
  6. Write Arguments
  7. Write informative/explanatory texts
  8. Write Professionally (style, transitions, language, formatting, publication)
  1. Present Designs
  2. Produce Engineering Drawings
  3. Use Digital Media Environments

Each student will submit and be assessed on the following products:

Standard

Assessment

  1. Understand the  Engineering Design Process
  • Blog Posts reflecting on current design work and the importance of the process.
  • Engineering in the Real-World Tests* 
  1. Describe Engineering Problems
  • Design ProposalT that describes
  • the history/background of the problem
  • the past and current solutions for the problem
  • the science/technical concepts behind the problem
  • the proposed solution (described and drawn)
  • the criteria of and constraints on the solution
  1. Conduct Engineering Research
  • Research Notes on the problem and the science concepts behind it.
  • Relevant sections of the Design Proposal.
  1. Develop Solutions to Engineering Problems
  • Relevant sections of the Design Proposal.
  1. Evaluate Solutions to Engineering Problems
  • Evaluation PlanT that includes the tests that will be performed and the data that will be collected and analyzed.
  1. Write Arguments
  • Engineering in the Real-World Tests*
  1. Write informative/ explanatory texts
  • Relevant sections of the Design ProposalT.
  1. Write in the Style of an Engineer
  • Relevant sections of the Design ProposalT.
  1. Write Collaboratively
  • Evaluation of the revision history of the Google Docs version of the design report.
  1. Present Designs
  • Each student will be assessed on his/her portion of the Desing Proposal presentation.
  1. Produce Technical Drawings
  • Relevant sections of the Design ProposalT.
  1. Use Digital Media Environments
  • Mid-project and end of project assessment of the student’s blog focusing on the style of the blog and use of static pages, links, images, and tagging.
  • Mid-project and end of project assessment of the student’s Google Docs organization focusing on the use of collections, sharing, and use of Google Docs for other classes.
  1. Teamwork
  • Online Teamwork Assessments each student will evaluate the other members of his/her team after each stage of the following design process:
  • Develop and present a solution to the problem.
  • Construct and test the solution
  • Produce and present a digital presentation of the solution
  • Write a Design Report
  1. Influence of Technology
  • Engineering in the Real-World Tests*
  1. Engineering as a Career
  • Engineering in the Real-World Tests*

*Engineering in the Real-World Tests - 5 in-class assessments that present a textual or video vignette of a real-world engineering project and ask students to identify the types of engineers involved, describe, and evaluate the engineering processes used, write arguments to evaluate the solution and its influence on society and the environment.

Course Outline

Introduction to Engineering (3 weeks)
iPad Case for Teachers (7 weeks)

Major team project
Depending on the needs of the students in a particular year we will choose the Water Purification unit which is more research and writing focused project or the Parachutes unit which is more oriented toward Physics and scientifically experimentation.
Water Purification for the Third World 
(14 weeks)

  • Academic research notes (independently)
  • Statement of Problem (independently)
  • Using research to write arguments
  • Collaborative writing using Google Docs
  • Water Filtration Lab
  • Water filtration
  • Observations and notes
  • Develop solutions
  • Team Brainstorming
  • Functional decomposition
  • Morphological charts
  • Engineering sketches
  • Engineering Proposal
  • Writing explanations to describe problems and designs
  • Professional writing with headings, graphics, etc.
  • Collaborative writing using Google Docs
  • Elevator Pitch (1 minute presentation)
  • Prototyping (collaboratively)
  • Iteratively prototyping, evaluating, refining designs
  • Recording documentation
  • Design Reports (collaboratively)
  • Writing explanations to describe designs and the design process
  • Writing arguments to justify design decisions and draw conclusions
  • Professional writing with headings, graphics, etc.
  • Collaborative writing using Google Docs
  • Design Presentations (collaborative)
  • Digital presentation design
  • Team presentation strategies
Parachutes for NASA
(14 weeks)

  • Introduction to kinematics
  • Speed
  • Position vs. time
  • Force (F=ma)
  • Free fall
  • Video analysis
  • Excel
  • Parachute experiments
  • Experiment design
  • Video analysis
  • Excel
  • Develop solutions
  • Team Brainstorming
  • Functional decomposition
  • Morphological charts
  • Engineering sketches
  • Engineering Proposal
  • Writing explanations to describe problems and designs
  • Professional writing with headings, graphics, etc.
  • Collaborative writing using Google Docs
  • Elevator Pitch (1 minute presentation)
  • Prototyping (collaboratively)
  • Iteratively prototyping, evaluating, refining designs
  • Recording documentation
  • Design Reports (collaboratively)
  • Writing explanations to describe designs and the design process
  • Writing arguments to justify design decisions and draw conclusions
  • Professional writing with headings, graphics, etc.
  • Collaborative writing using Google Docs
  • Design Presentations (collaborative)
  • Digital presentation design
  • Team presentation strategies
Final Individual Programming Project (11 weeks)

During the design process, there will be no predetermined lessons.  Students will be expected to seek feedback on their process from peers first and from the teacher second.  Instances of teacher feedback will negatively impact the student’s grade in that standard.