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Exploration of Engineering 8 Syllabus


Mr. Roecklein


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In this course we will explore the four categories that make-up the acronym

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Science and Math provide the groundwork. Time in this class will be spent understanding how the topics from your science and math classes are applied to the fields of technology and engineering.

Technology includes all the tools we use during the design and building of the projects in this class. From the nuts and bolts of an airplane, to the microprocessor in your cell phone, all of these objects are pieces of technology. Knowing how these pieces work, and how to use them properly are crucial to following the Engineering Design Process.

Engineering is the design and building process we use to address problems in the world around us. Whether it is sharpening a pencil, or solving the world’s energy crisis, an Engineer applies a similar procedure to tackle these problems.


1. Students will become active members in the STEM ccommunity

2. Students will utilize the concepts they have learned to build a stronger understanding of the Engineering Design Process within the classroom and in the real world

3. Students will conduct research and apply critical thinking skills to improve their design models

Course Topic Outline (Time spent, and order of topics may vary)

  1. Engineering Design Process
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Computer Software, and Computer Programing
  4. Robotics
  5. Real World Science
  6. Alternative Energy Sources
  7. Civil and Mechanical Engineering


            Students will be able to use all of the resources available in the classroom to complete projects. Students are encouraged to apply topics and materials from previously taught units to the current projects. Students will be able to use the computers available in the classroom to research and design each project. Proper use of resources available is crucial, and improper use can lead to disciplinary action and/or loss of privileges.


Students will be evaluated on the following:

Assessments                            80%

  • Projects
  • Quizzes
  • Exams

Assignments                            20%

  • Homework
  • Classwork
  • Active Participation

Examination Preparation

Students will be made aware of exams and quizzes AT LEAST 2 school days before the scheduled date of the examination. There will be no pop quizzes or tests. Adequate time will be spent in class to prepare for exams.


              Homework will be assigned modestly. In most cases it will be a way to connect the content in class with experiences in your life outside of this class. The goal of this class is to expand the way in which you see content from school and how it relates to your everyday life. With this in mind if you ever feel overwhelmed by your out of class responsibilities, please feel free to speak to the teacher.

Participation and Classwork

            This class will employ a hands-on approach, which means participation is required. You will receive a daily participation/classwork grade. This is an easy way to boost your grade; as long as you are working towards the current objective, you will receive full credit on this “assignment” each day.


Classroom Expectations           

Please follow the school code of conduct. The goal of this classroom is to create a learning environment where students can learn and explore a variety of technology and tools available. Some of these tools can be dangerous if not handled appropriately. If you cannot control yourself in the classroom you will not use the tools.


Cell phones are one of the most advanced and useful technology tools we have available to us. When used properly they can be extremely helpful in this class. You may keep them in your pocket or face down on your desk. Additionally, you may use them when appropriate. This access is a privilege and may be taken away at any time.


As per school policy, students are required to sign out, and have a pass when leaving the room during class periods.

In case of an emergency or emergency drill be quiet and listen to the teacher for further directions

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