3rd Qtr 2017-18

Green = Extra Credit Red = Homework Qtr 1 Archives Qtr 2 Archives

Thursday, March 22nd. Last day of term
  • All late work is due by the end of the day for up to 80% credit. You MUST have turned in a post-it note with your name, period, and what you want me to regrade.
  • Please check your grades. Leave a note for Mr. T if you have questions.
  • Don't forget, you can do the extra credit below (text in green)
  • Activities for Thursday:
    • Take your composition book and pencil with you (I will be donating the composition books if you leave them)
    • Anything left in storage cabinet of yours?
    • If you have earbuds, please take them as well
    • Click here to take the end of class TEST. (20 pts) No talking!
      Click here to take the end of class self evaluation (20 pts). No talking! Remember - grading is on quality, quantity, and proper writing techniques.
    • If you get done early and want extra credit, you may do the following
      • With earbuds ONLY
      • Watch one or both of the following TED Talks. On your wikipage, write a 3-5 sentence summary of the video AND a 3-5 sentence opinion paragraph
        • How Behavioral Science can Lower Your Energy BIll: 8:00 min. What's a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
        • We Are All Cyborgs Now: 7:45 min: Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on "external brains" (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.


Friday through Wednesday, March 16th the 21st
Engineering Brightness project

Thursday, March 15
  • Complete all SnapCircuits
  • Intro to resistors: With one computer, watch this movie about how to 'read' a resistor. You will be given 3 resistors to 'read.' Sketch each resistor in your composition book and it's color bands. Using a resistor chart: 4 band or 5 band, determine the value of your resistors and mark it in each of your composition book
  • PLEASE check your grade and ask questions. YOU are responsible for the grade you get. Last day to turn in work is Thursday, March 22nd
  • Extra credit: up to 75 pts. Click here for details(You'll have to be logged into your school google account). May do with one other student. Must prove your own personal effort. Turn in via 'sharing' with your google account.

Wednesday, Thursday, Fri - March 6-9
  • Watch TED talk. Then, Discussion on homework
  • Start of Electronics unit
    • See link to the right: 7Electronics

Monday, March 5th
Homework for Wednesday: Watch either (or both) of the movie below. On your wikipage, use the title of the movie you watched as the title of your new section. (Create space at the top, by putting the cursor to the left of the first word on the your page and then press the ENTER key twice to three times. Move the cursor back up to the top). Write two paragraphs - the first a summary, the second your opinion and what you think the movie has to do with you building a solar car in class

Monday, March 5th and Tuesday March 6th
car with label.jpg
car with label.jpg

  • Sit with your JSS team and your car. Each student please get your assigned laptop and log in.
  • Using scrap paper from a composition book, make small name 'plates' with your names, year, and period designator. (See picture to the right)
  • Come up when called with car and name plate
  • (If you did NOT input your car data - do that right now. Click here
  • While car pictures are taken, each and every student quietly Take JSS Self evaluation and check your grades for missing work. This is a QUIET assignment. There is to be NO talking!!
  • When you're done with your 'test', log off and put your laptop away.
    takeCarApart.jpg
    takeCarApart.jpg

  • When all 'tests' have been completed and the laptops are turned in, discuss the best and worst part of your car. You will be video taped on this info. Figure out who's going to say what and practice.
  • If time allows, you will be taking apart your car and placing all parts in 3 different piles: trash, recyclable, Re-use. Use your name label you just created in this as well. When all lined up, have teacher take a picture. When this is done, recycle, trash, and put reusable parts back into parts box.













26 Feb-Mon to Mar 2-Fri
  • Monday - design and building of solar panel holder system
  • Tuesday - design and building of guidance system / 1/2 track testing starts
  • Wednesday - Weight and balance testing / optimation
  • Due Dates:
    • Line test : Thursday
    • Balance test: Thursday
    • Data input: Thursday
  • Race: Friday. No make-ups.
  • Don't forget the homework!

Due Friday, March 2nd. 20 pts. Homework: Read the following article, "What Google Learned from its Quest to Build the Perfect Team." Read the entire article, parts of it, a portion of it...whatever - but, take at least 15 minutes of quiet, focused reading. (This IS difficult reading. Do you have Grit?) Now, transfer to your wiki (under the title, "Team Work") the 5 or more sentences or concepts that you ran across. These are copy/paste things, so make sure you put them into quotation marks and at the end of your work, cite the quotes with the web address. Want extra credit? Write elaborate compare / contrast opinion sentences - postulating how we could use this new knowledge to better the teams in this engineering class.

20 -23 Feb: Tuesday - Friday
  • JSS Activity: See link on the right, "7 Junior Solar Sprint". All groups should be following the steps on STEPS AND PROCEDURES
  • Deadlines: Working prototype due Friday, February 23rd - 50 pts
  • Review of tool safety. Discuss "SPEAK UP!"
  • Homework due Thursday, February 23rd: Watch the following movie: https://youtu.be/xKxrkht7CpY On your wikipage – create another section and title it,“How do solar panels work?” Below the title answer the following questions:
    • What is light?
    • What are the major physical barriers to using solar cells and modules?
    • What are the major social and political barriers to using solar energy?
    • What are most solar cells made from?
    • Does an electron have a positive or negative charge?
    • How long can solar cells last?
    • Each individual silicon cell puts out how many volts?
    • How efficient are the normal commercial solar cells?
    • How many people in the world don’t have access to a reliable electric grid?


7,8, and 9 Feb: Wed, Thurs, Fri
  • After turning in your keychain, go to the next assignment on the 7GoogleSketchup page
  • Deadlines:
    • Wednesday - keychain is due for full credit
    • Friday - JSS part/ chassis is due on Friday
    • Friday - extra credit - if you get done with everything you can do the following extra credit. Watch the movie, **"What it feels like to see earth from space**." Then on your wikipage, put in a title, write a 3 to 5 sentence summary and a 3 to 5 sentence opinion paragraph

5 and 6 Feb, Mon
  • Complete your work from Fri (Block #1 in sketchup and picture up to your wiki)
  • Complete assignment #2 - Keychain
  • Deadlines:
    • Today: Block #1 on wiki
    • Wednesday - Keychain
2 Feb, Fri
  • Complete block #1 with Google Sketchup. Go to the 7 Google Sketchup link on the right
  • Upload the exported picture of block #1 to your wikipage. Be sure to include a title and that it's at the very top of the page. See directions here
1 Feb, Thur
31 Jan, Wed
  • Any movie reviews not finished from Monday are homework and are due on Friday
  • Don't forget - if you're late with work, turn in a post-it note
  • Discussion/lecture/try - Google Sketchup
    • Draw full scale block 1
  • Homework: On a scrap paper from home or napkin or something that can be recycled (No printer paper or notebook paper) sketch an object from home in both orthographic (3 views) and isometric.

30 Jan, Tues
  • Any movie reviews not finished from Monday are homework and are due on Friday
  • Don't forget - if you're late with work, turn in a post-it note
  • Isometrics!

29 Jan, Mon
  • Mr. Thonnings is out of the district today. Sit in your assigned seats and use your assig!what movie reviews should look likeSM.jpgned laptops. You will need your earbuds.
  • Watch each of the following videos. For each one - write a 3-5 sentence summary and a 3-5 sentence opinion of the videos on your wikipage. Include a title for each. This is an individual project. Please refrain from talking. If you get done early, you may choose a movie from TED.com to review for extra credit. At the end of the period, make sure you log off and wait until the ctrl-alt-del before closing the laptop lid.

25/26 Jan, Thur/Frid
  • Homework discussion
  • Orthographic sketches of blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Isometric sketching - blocks 1, 2,3, and 4
24 Jan, WedOrthographicBikeSM.jpg
  • Put tape on comp books, pencils and earbud bagsisoSM.jpg
  • Why do we use drawings/sketches. What two kinds of sketches are used often?
  • Rules of sketching
  • Orthographic sketching -
    • What links did you find?
    • Sketch in comp book blocks 1 and 2 (10 pts each sketch) Do 3 sketches of each and put a star by the best one
  • Homework: watch TED Talk - "Grit: The power of passion and perseverance". On your wiki, put a title, give a short summary of the talk, followed by your opinion. Then, conclude with if you think you have GRIT and why you think you
  • do or don't. Do you want GRIT? How will it help you in life?
23 Jan, Tues
  • Put tape on comp books, pencils and earbud bags
  • Review of units
  • 15 minutes: Go to your class period wikipage (on the nav bar to the right)
    • On the front page, find the link on how to edit your wikipage. Watch it with your earbuds.
    • Log into your own personal wikipage
    • On another tab, find a website about how to 'sketch' an orthographic view of an object
    • Back on your own wikipage, put in a title (What do you know about how to format a title?) and then the link in a bullet list.(Following either of the two methods covered by the video you just watched)(Course, you could re-watch the video....) You need to be logged in to complete this task.
  • Types of sketching
    • Sketch in composition book blocks 1 and 2 orthographic and isometric

22 Jan, Mon
  • What to do immediately
    Welcome! Please take a popsicle stick and print your name on both sides. Put your books in the shelves at the front of the class and have a seat.
  • First day topics
    Introductions, procedures, rules, curriculum, behavior expectations, grading, etc
  • Tasks to accomplish
    • Get computer assignments, get your computer, and take class survey;
    • Open Chrome and log into your MyWLAKE. Bookmark Mr. T's page and your class period's page
    • Homework: Get Permission slip signed and brought back (or emailed), bring in composition book, pencil and ear buds