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Invention and Innovation 7th Grade Teacher: Jeff Bachus COURSE SYLLABUS 2011-2012 E-Mail: email@example.com Help Session: Monday- Friday mornings 7:30 – 8:30 (By appointment) SUPPLIES: Each student will need to bring a pencil to class each day. Mechanical pencils or standard pencils are both acceptable. Bring in a portfolio notebook that will be used for the Engineering Journal. The student will keep a running journal of all engineering activities. Classroom projects may occasionally require some house hold items such clothes hangers, shoe boxes, and recyclable plastic. The two most important things to bring to class daily are a curious mind and a positive attitude! COURSE DESCRIPTION: Invention and Innovation is designed to introduce students to the world of invention and Innovation along with the Engineering Design Process. They will examine the impacts of invention and innovation on society and solve problems through research, design, and experimentation in one or more of the areas of Engineering and Technology. Students will work individually and in groups to investigate solutions to technological problems, using research, data collection, design, prototype development, and working models. Invention and Innovation reinforces the areas of math, science, social studies, and language arts through practical application and/or hands on activities. At the end of this course, students will be able to evaluate products and systems that they encounter in their daily lives and choose appropriate technologies to solve a variety of tasks. Students will be able to produce a functional invention/innovation. COURSE OUTLINE: Accommodations and modifications will be made according to the student’s needs. Classes will be structured using the Georgia Performance Standards which are listed below. 1. Students will learn the concept of invention and innovation. 2. Students will examine the core concepts of engineering and technology. 3. Students will demonstrate engineering design and problem solving skills. 4. Students will invent or innovate a technological product. 5. Students will examine the impacts of inventions and innovations on society. 6. Students will develop leadership skills and work ethics. GRADING PROCEDURE: Grades are reported every 4 1/2 weeks and are a culmination of the following: Projects/Labs 35% Work Ethic 35% Tests 15% Engineering Journal 15% If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to get the information missed upon return to school and complete the assignments. Students are given one day for each day absent plus one day to complete the work. Failure to gather or complete the assignments may result in a zero for missed work. Late assignments will follow the school-wide grading policy. Extra credit opportunities will be offered periodically to the entire class. Specialized extra credit will only be offered to those students that have followed classroom expectations and completed regular classroom and homework assignments. BASIC CLASSROOM PROCEDURES AND EXPECTATIONS: ***SEE HANDBOOK FOR FUTHER PROCEDURES AND EXPECTATIONS*** 1. Bring agendas, pencils, and supplies to class daily. 2. Participate in all classroom activities. 3. Maintain an open, positive attitude about all types learning activities. 4. Be on time to class. 5. Strict adherence to all rules as they appear in the student handbook. 6. Be an active participant in class activities and group projects. 7. Show respect to your fellow classmates, teacher, and the equipment and materials in the classroom. DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES: In order to maintain an environment that is safe and conducive to learning, students must follow behavior guidelines. Should a student not follow these rules, teachers will use the school-wide classroom discipline cycle which may include: verbal redirection, conference between teacher and student, seating change, time-out, detention, communication to parent via telephone or agenda, referral to guidance counselor or administrator, conference between parent, teacher, and student, and conference between parent, teacher, student, and administrator. Conduct that is considered to be dangerous to yourself or others in the technology lab will not be tolerated. This type of behavior will result in the strictest enforcement of the discipline code. Any student engaging in unsafe behavior may be reassignment to the safe environment of an isolated desk to complete the course requirements from the textbook.
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