6th Grade Innovation Lab

6th Grade Technology and Engineering

Course Title: 6th Grade Innovation Lab

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Course Description

The KA Technology and Engineering curriculum encourages students to express their imagination and creativity through project-based learning and class competitions. This class is designed to show students new technologies and computer programs that they may not have seen before, while learning how to use team members and other resources to find their answers.

Some concepts that will be touched on are learning the problem solving process, learning how to store their work, creating animations and 3D models, and woodworking. In this class students will also create their digital portfolios that they will use while at KA.

Power Standards

  1. Student can demonstrate an understanding of TE related vocabulary and concepts.
  2. Student can demonstrates proper planning and process time on classroom projects.
  3. Student can apply academic experiences to the world of work, interrelationships, community, and/or life.
  4. Student demonstrates technical skills and final outcome on classroom project.

Course Outline

Work creatively to develop innovative solutions to problems and opportunities

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • Why do parts of a project need to adhere to correct measurements?
  • What are simple machines
  • How does make a 3D model help us build a project?
  • How does organization help improve your success rate on projects?
  • Builds parts of a device that will meet certain criteria
  • Learns what 3D models are and how to help the design process
  • Learns how to keep projects organized
  • Build an online portfolio
Summative Projects: Personal Portfolio, Drink Coasters, Pringles Package, Cantilever Beam, Animation Project

Communicate and collaborate with others to accomplish tasks and develop solutions

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • Why is it important to communicate your ideas to others?
  • Why should you stay organized with all of your information?
  • How can communicating with others help you in the future?
  • Shows teacher portfolio of work completed
  • Learn how to work in a team setting
Summative Projects: Personal Portfolio, Pringles Package, Cantilever Beam

Analyze the concepts of technology

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • How has technology changed our lives?
  • How will our society handle technology going forward.
  • Learns about this history of Technology
  • Learn how innovations affect our society
Summative Projects: Into the Future Paper

Analyze technical directions and methods to demonstrate the attributes of design and engineering design

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • What is an animation?
  • Why is it important to know where you saved your files?
  • What is the problem solving process?
  • How do machines make our lives easier?
  • Why is it important to have multiple ideas?
  • How do 3D models help us design?
  • Learns how to create animations
  • Learns how to save files to different locations.
  • Learns the problem solving process
  • Creates a journal of their work
  • Creates a product with wood working machines
  • Creates different solutions for a problem
  • Learns about 3D models
Summative Projects: Civil Rights RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Topic)

Career and Life Skills
Social and Cross Cultural

The student respects and contributes to the diverse learning community by:

  • Honoring the ideas and opinions of others and
  • Interacting effectively and appropriately with others
Productivity and Accountability

The student takes ownership of work and actions by:

  • Completing assignments on time
  • Arriving prepared and on time
  • Managing time
Initiative and Self Direction

The student demonstrates independence by:

  • Self-advocating for assistance or resources
  • Persevering through rigorous/challenging tasks
  • Utilizing feedback