Tech Sys Gr8 Berman/Daniels
Instructor: Berman, David A
Technology & Engineering Education: Technological Systems
Welcome 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, Computer Solutions, 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.
The Technology & Engineering Education program delivers a variety of experiences in 2 different laboratory settings. The VEX robotics lab is taught by Mr. David Berman in room H-11.
Course Syllabus (8th Grade)
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The production lab is taught by Mr. Kevin Daniels and is located in room H-6.
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During the nine week program, the students will spend half of their time in each lab setting.
Autodesk's VEX® Robotics Curriculum is a comprehensive robotics program developed primarily for secondary schools by experienced educators and technical experts in partnership with Autodesk, Inc., and Innovation First, Inc. The curriculum meets U.S. academic national standards and helps students master the fundamentals of robotics and the engineering design process while learning to use industry-leading Autodesk® Inventor® design software and the leading classroom robotics solution, the VEX Robotics Design System.
Autodesk's VEX Robotics Curriculum actively engages students in real-life design projects and helps them develop STEM skills in a challenging and exciting context. By integrating Autodesk's VEX Robotics Curriculum into the classroom, students will see the dynamic connections between science, math, and technology, and they will be better prepared for college and careers in engineering, design, and robotics.
The Technology & Engineering Education production lab in the 8th grade is designed to expand upon the woodworking and design skills introduced in 7th grade. The primary project is a vehicle for exploring wood and the processes used to work with it. Students are taught the safe operation of a variety of tools in its construction. In the 8th Grade production lab, mathematics and life sciences are brought together in an interesting way.
Materials needed- On a daily basis, students are expected to bring: a pencil, pen, agenda, an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn.
Homework- There is no homework assigned to students in Technology & Engineering Education class. All work is to be completed during class time.
Grading- Grades are cumulative throughout the entire course. Students will be assessed both individually, as well as in small groups. Performance will be measured during the construction and testing phases of the robot design process. 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 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:
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.
Rotation Dates 2016-2017
All students will rotate between the two teachers in the department (Berman to Daniels or Daniels to Berman) on the following dates:
1st quarter: Monday, October 3rd
2nd quarter: Friday, December 16th
3rd quarter: Tuesday, March 7th
4th quarter: Wednesday May 17th