Welcome to Gateway to Technology - Science of Technology - Period 2

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Gateway to Technology - Science of Technology Syllabus
The Gateway To Technology (GTT) Science of Technology course represents the second of five 9-week units of the Project Lead the Way curriculum used nationwide in middle schools as part of their pre-engineering programs. The Science of Technology Unit introduces students to a variety of engineering disciplines including chemical, mechanical, civil, and transportation engineering, through a variety of hands on activities intended to introduce fundamental engineering concepts . Utilizing a design process, students will learn how engineering technologies influence their daily lives. Using these techniques, students create physical prototype models and documentation to solve real world engineering and technical problems. Safety will be emphasized along with an awareness of how through a systematic process of design, modeling, and fabrication on real hand and power tools, products can be built to fulfill societal demands. Emphasis will be placed on students investigating content and activities from the following Big Ideas areas. Standards and additional information can be found on the GTT-SOT-WMS wikispace or online on the D11 web site at http://www.d11.org/doi/cte/GatewattoTech/ScienceofTechnology.htm

Big Ideas and Activities for GTT Science of Technology in 2011-2012

Lesson 1 Applied Chemistry - Students will have the opportunity to solve problems similar to those that a chemical engineer would experience. Students will make and test the characteristics of ice cream. Then they will make and test the qualities of glue. Finally, students will clean up an oil spill.

Lesson 2 Energy Conservation – Students will learn about energy, energy conservation, and potential and kinetic energy by designing, building, and testing a mable roller coaster.

Lesson 3 Applied Physics - Students will identify simple machines and determine their appropriate use and mechanical advantage. Students will then learn about systems and subsystems and have the opportunity to create a Rube Goldberg device, Air Dragster, and (hopefully) a K-Nex Amusement Park Ride.

Grading Policy
Grades will be determined by participation in daily class work, activities, and occasional homework assignments, but most of the grade will be based on demonstrated mastery of the subject on daily classwork assessments. A wide variety of extra credit and enrichment activities are available giving students ample opportunities to [[home#|improve]] grades reduced by absence/illness or merely to pursue additional optional enrichment. Homework will be assigned 1-2 times a week and due dates will be indicated on the assignment. Late work may be subject to a 15% reduction in possible points and will not be accepted within one week of progress report/report card cut-off dates.

Grade Percentage Distribution – 100% Total
50% Assessments (Individual Tests and Quizzes)
20% Classwork (Individual Warm Ups and Activities/Assignments)
20% Homework (Individual Take Home and Special Assignments)
10% Participation (Group Activities and Special Assignments)

Letter Grades
A + 100 - 98% B+ 89 - 88% C+ 79 - 78% D+ 69 - 68% F 59% or below
A 97 - 94% B 87 - 84% C 77 - 74% D 67 - 64%
A- 93 - 90% B- 83 - 80% C- 73 - 70% D- 63 - 60%

Supplies (Required Daily)
Supplied by Student: Pencils, Agenda/planner, PRIDE card, Writer’s notebook, 1 sheet lined paper (40 sheets for quarter).

Class Rules/Behavioral Expectations
Demonstrate West Warrior PRIDE – Observe Classroom and Shop Safety Rules – Come Prepared to Learn
Have some fun learning something new and building something you can be proud of!