Technology & Engineering Education: Introduction to Technology
Course Syllabus (6th Grade)
to the Technology and Engineering Education program at Saunders Middle
School. Tech. & Eng. Ed. is one course within the Encore rotation.
The other courses include Family and Consumer Science, Fine Arts,
Music Appreciation, Reading Remediation and Math Remediation. Each encore course
meets during the daily designated period for the duration of the nine
week grading period. The student will experience several of the
possible courses during the course of the school year. On each
student’s master schedule, you will note several instructors designated
with a “Q” number. The “Q” stands for “quarter”. At the beginning of
each new grading period (quarter) the student will move to the next
consecutive “Q” teacher. Please note: If your student has an “S1” or
“S2” on their schedule, they are scheduled for Signet for either the
first or second half of the school year and will have two other “Q”
encore teachers listed for the remaining quarters.
Technology & Engineering Education program delivers a variety of
experiences in 2 different laboratory settings. The PLTW technology lab
is taught by Mr. David Berman in room H-11.
(email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 703-670-9188 x 258)
The production lab is taught by Mr. Kevin Daniels and is located in room H-6.
(email: email@example.com phone: 703-670-9188 x 259)
During the nine week program, the students will spend half of their time in each lab setting.
the technology lab, students will discover how and why the products of
technology that we interact with on a daily basis came to exist.
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of technology,
engineering and design. This will be accomplished through research,
measurement applications, and the design / modeling / construction of a
CO2 powered racecar.
Study areas in the Technology & Engineering Education production lab for the 6th grade include an introduction to mechanical drawing and basic woodworking.
Mechanical Drawing area is designed as a foundation course built on the
key life skill of measurement. This skill is used in almost every
other mathematic, science, and elective course that that the student
will likely experience. Students are introduced to measurement, basic
drawing tools and basic drawing techniques. Through a series of
measurement exercises and drawings, the students become more familiar
with using the ruler, fractions, spatial relationships and abstract
basic woodworking area builds on the measurement skills from the
drawing unit and introduces the students to basic industrial materials
and practices. Students will create a small woodworking project that
requires the use of various hand and power tools to complete. Safety is
a priority, and reinforced regularly. Familiarization with wood
materials, a hands-on work environment and the ability to interpret
verbal, drawn and written instructions allows students to express their
academic knowledge in a creative way.
Materials needed- On a daily basis, students are expected to bring: a pencil, pen, agenda, an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn.
There is no homework assigned to students in either Technology &
Engineering Education class. All project / classwork is to be completed
during class time.
Grades are cumulative throughout the entire course. Technology lab
grades are based upon completion of all written assignments. Grades are
also earned through the construction of several hands-on, project-based
problem solving activities. Project grades in the production lab are
based on individual drawings, performance benchmarks based on
woodworking processes, and occasional written assignments. Parents are
encouraged to register for online access to the “Parent Portal” system
where they may check on student progress at any time. Separate from
grades, students are also evaluated on their mastery of skills as
assessed by the Virginia state competency list. They can be found at: http://www.cteresource.org/verso/courses/8481/introduction-to-technology-tasklist
Behavioral expectations / discipline-
Students are expected to adhere to all guidelines as described in the
Prince William County Code of Behavior. Additionally, students must
comply with the prescribed safety regulations as put forth in the
Saunders Middle School Technology & Engineering Education Student
Information and Safety Package. Discipline procedures usually start
with a verbal warning to the student. Any further action would at
minimum result in parental contact. Depending on the severity and
frequency of any infractions, detentions, discipline referrals and/or
classroom removal procedures may also be utilized.