7th Grade Innovation Lab

7th Grade Innovation Lab

Course Title: 7th 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 hands-on approach is exciting and fun for all students in 7th.

Concepts will be introductory and include computer applications, video editing, digital graphics, woodworking, automation and modeling. Students will design, create and produce their own projects.

Power Standards

  1. Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  2. Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of discipline- specific tasks, purposes and audiences.
  3. Apply standard English grammar and conventions when formally writing or speaking so that the message is easily understood.
  4. Use grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases through reading, study, and application.
  5. Conduct inquiry based research projects to answer a question.

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?
  • Why is it important to know how to save your projects?
  • Builds parts of a device that will adhere to specific measurements
    identifies simple machines
  • Learns how to make 3D models of ideas for projects
  • Learns how to save different file extensions to correct locations
Summative Projects: Mars Lander, Gumball Machine, Switches Automation Project, Maze Game, Luxury Trailer

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?
  • Present project to teacher
  • Utilize portfolio to effectively relay information
  • Develops skills on how to work better in a team setting
Summative Projects: Mars Lander, Switches Automation Project, Parallel/Series Snap Circuits

Analyze the concepts of technology

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • How would you describe automation?
    What are the major components of an excellent program?
  • How has our society been affected by automation innovation, and robotics?
  • How do mechanical gears work?
  • Why we differentiate different types of engineering?
  • Learns what automation is
  • Creates a program to that will work how they want it to
  • Learns how automation and robotics has changed our society
    discuss how innovations affect our society
  • Creates mechanical gear configurations.
  • Learns about different types of engineering
Summative Projects: Maze Game, Parallel/Series Snap Circuits, Switches Automation Project

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

Guiding Questions Learning Objectives 
  • What is the purpose of a timetable for project completion?
  • Why was “the cloud” developed?
  • How has technology helped and hindered society?
  • How would you begin to tackle solving a problem?
  • What is the importance of having a process when designing?
  • What is the importance of precision measurement?
  • Learn how to create a timetable for managing class projects
  • Understands the difference between cloud, network, and local drives
  • Understands the difference between good and bad decisions concerning technology
  • Understand the steps on how to solve a problem
  • Recognizes problems in a design
  • Documents the design process
  • Learns how to measure accurately to 1/16”
Summative Projects: Word Cut Out, Gumball Machine, Maze Game, Air Racer, App Ico, Luxury Trailer

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