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  • Course Syllabus MakerSpace Style

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 9/4/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Good Morning- Please see below.

    Top 10 Items-

    1. It's an elective. 

    2. If it's not fun, tell me and we can work out a better experience. 

    3. First 15 and last 15 minutes of class- Your time to get ready for class and clean-up time at end of class. This is also time to chill, play a video game, chat it up and be human. The hour that's left in class is set aside for Engineering class activities.

    4.  9 weeks= 9 choices of projects in 9 different areas of engineering technologies/themes: Arduino/Pi ROBOTICS, Architecture3D CAD, 2D CADLaserFlightHand ToolTinker/VIDEO GAME CREATION/APP CREATION, Instructable/Mentor- 9 projects times 5 points= 45 project points. Project grades will be shown with a rubric on this blog page. 

    5. 9 weeks= 9 choices of Procedural Knowledge Opportunities- 9 times 5 points= 45 Procedural Knowledge points. Please participate in the course to gain the procedural knowledge needed to learn and grow through our project based learning experiences.

    6. Grades are negotiable. Sometimes we will need to include your parents with grade decisions. Incomplete in the gradebook means we will need to meet to dicuss how we can improve the learning experience. Two incompletes means means a parent/Guardian, guidance and house principal need to get involved to assist you and me in participating better in the class. A third incomplete means we will continue the group discussion as mentioned above and a fourth incomplete means you will receive an Incomplete for the semester and you will have 2 weeks after the semester ends to make up class content/projects.

    7. This class is set up like a Maker Space. Take lots of pictures and videos of your progress with your new laptop and/or phone. These will be used to create an Instructable. Yes, you will document failures and achievements. Our makerspace will have computers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, MakerBots, Laser cutter, hand tools, CAD, and some small power tools.

    8. To make progress on projects- Move from what you already know in order to learn new things so you can understand what you are trying to build in a project. Do not give up on something because it is hard. I will not support that!!

    9. You need to be a part of our supportive environment- Negativity affects creativity. Some projects are individual, others are collaborative. 

    10. There is some lecture in this course- I stress the one on one conversations because our projects can evolve into intense problem solving opportunities, particularly in Robotics. Frustration is a normal part of the engineering process. Thankfully, we have the internet with you tube and udemy if we are having trouble with a particular engineering problem. USE YOUR RESOURCES! Click here for Our Website

    I am eagerly anticipating working with you to open up your potential to think and act like an engineer! Stay tuned to this blog AND to our WEBSITE. Canvas will also be used this year. Please check out my twitter feed and earleir blog posts for more picts and videos of our classes.

    I wish all of you and your families the best for a great school year. 

    Make-Mentor-Collaborate

    - J.T.

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  • Welcome to Engineering and Architecture

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 8/29/2019 3:00:00 AM

    Dear Students:

    Welcome back to school. For those of you who are new to West, I am Jon Taylor and I will be your Engineering and Architecture teacher for this school year.

    In preparation for the first day and first week, don't worry about anything for this class- Just show up! I will make it worth your while, I promise.

    ...Looking forward to working and learning with you this school year. 

    Sincerely, 

    J. Taylor

    P.S.- Give it a few days and your new sleep schedule will get better. Also, besides my wife and 4 children, we have a chicken, Cinnamon. We used to have 4 chickens, but, well, it's a long story and if you feel like it, ask me about the chicken story in class. It involves Engineering, Architecture and Robotics!

    My Chicken, Cinnamon and I hanging out this summer.

    Make-Mentor-Collaborate

     

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  • Welcome and Class Information

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 2/4/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Hello- I am Jon Taylor and I teach the Engineering and Architecture II and III classes (EA)and the Exploring Materials and Engineering Class (EM).

    Top 10 Items-

    1. It's an elective. 

    2. If it's not fun, tell me and we can work out a better experience. 

    3. Safety First. It's a hands on course- yes, you will need to move around and use your hands and brain at the same time. EM classes will take safety tests on all machines. EM classes will need to pay a $15.00 fee for materials. Payment can be made to mypaymentsplus, a check made out to CB West Student Activities, or cash.

    4.  9 weeks= 9 choices of projects in 9 different areas of engineering technologies/themes: Arduino/Pi, Architecture3D CAD, 2D CADLaserFlightHand ToolTinker, Instructable/Mentor- 9 projects times 5 points= 45 project points. Project grades will be shown with a rubric on this blog page. For the EM class, you will have 2 project grades- The folding stool and a project of choice. Both will total 45 points.

    5. 9 weeks= 9 choices of Procedural Knowledge Opportunities- 9 times 5 points= 45 Procedural Knowledge points. Please participate in the course to gain the procedural knowledge needed to learn and grow through our project based learning experiences.

    6. Grades are negotiable. Sometimes we will need to include your parents with grade decisions. Incomplete in the gradebook means we will need to meet to dicuss how we can improve the learning experience. Two incompletes means means a parent/Guardian, guidance and house principal need to get involved to assist you and me in participating better in the class. A third incomplete means we will continue the group discussion as mentioned above and a fourth incomplete means you will receive an Incomplete for the semester and you will have 2 weeks after the semester ends to make up class content/projects.

    7. This class is set up like a Maker Space. Take lots of pictures and videos of your progress with your phone. These will be used to create an Instructable. Yes, you will document failures and achievements. Our makerspace will have computers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, MakerBots, Laser cutter, hand tools, CAD, and some power tools.

    8. To make progress on projects- Move from what you already know in order to learn new things so you can understand what you are trying to build in a project. Do not give up on something because it is hard. I will not support that!!

    9. You need to be a part of our supportive environment- Negativity affects creativity. Some projects are individual, others are collaborative. 

    10. There is some lecture in this course- I stress the one on one conversations because our projects can evolve into intense problem solving opportunities. Frustration is a normal part of the engineering process. Thankfully, we have the internet with you tube if we are having trouble with a particular engineering problem. USE YOUR RESOURCES! Click here for Our Website

    I am eagerly anticipating working with you to open up your potential to think and act like an engineer! Stay tuned to this blog AND to our OneNote, which is new for this year. Please check out my twitter feed and earleir blog posts for more picts and videos of our classes- https://twitter.com/escapesSTEEAM 

    Make-Mentor-Collaborate

    - J.T.

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  • Rubrics

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 9/24/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Procedural Knowledge Grade Rubric- .25- Minimal Effort- .5- Ok Effort- 1.0 Superb Effort 

     

    1.Completion of Weekly Meet-Up .25 .50   1.0       
    2.Safe Conduct in Lab    .25 .50   1.0       
    3.Behavior Appropriate and Consistent with Proper Procedures   .25   .50  1.0       
    4.Attendance .25   .50  1.0       
    5.Community Contribution .25 .50    1.0       

    Total- 5 points

     

    Next is the Project Grade Rubric.  This rubric accounts for the other HALF of your grade for the marking period.

     

    Project Grade Rubric- .25- Minimal Effort- .5- Ok Effort- 1.0 Superb Effort 

    Pictures- 1

    Quality of Project- 1

    Steps to build Explanation- 1

    Quality of E-mail explanation- 1

    Academic/Engineering Area Listed on document- 1

    Total- 5 points

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  • Makerspace!

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 8/31/2018 6:00:00 AM

     

    Hello- I am Jon Taylor and I teach the Engineering and Architecture classes.

    Top 10 Items-

    1. It's an elective. 

    2. If it's not fun, tell me and we can work out a better experience. 

    3. Safety First. It's a hands on course- yes, you will need to move around and use your hands and brain at the same time.

    4. 9 weeks= 9 choices of projects in 9 different areas of engineering technologies/themes: ArduinoPiMakerbotCADLaserFlightHand ToolTinkerMentor- 9 projects times 5 points= 45 project points Project grades will be shown with a rubric in OneNote.

    5. 9 weeks= 9 choices of Procedural Knowledge Opportunities- 9 times 5 points= 45 Procedural Knowledge points.

    6. Grades are negotiable. Sometimes we will need to include your parents with grade decisions.

    7. This class is set up like a Maker Space. Take lots of pictures and videos of your progress with your phone. These will be used to create an Instructable. Yes, you will document failures and achievements. Our makerspace will have computers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, MakerBots, Laser cutter, hand tools, CAD, and some power tools.

    8. To make progress on projects- Move from what you already know in order to learn new things so you can understand what you are trying to build in a project. Do not give up on something because it is hard. I will not support that!!

    9. You need to be a part of our supportive environment- Negativity affects creativity. Some projects are individual, others are collaborative. 

    10. There is some lecture in this course- I stress the one on one conversations because our projects can evolve into intense problem solving opportunities. Frustration is a normal part of the engineering process. Thankfully, we have the internet with you tube if we are having trouble with a particular engineering problem. USE YOUR RESOURCES! Click here for Our Website

    I am eagerly anticipating working with you to open up your potential to think and act like an engineer! Stay tuned to this blog AND to our OneNote, which is new for this year. Please check out my twitter feed for more picts and videos of our classes- https://twitter.com/escapesSTEEAM 

    - J.T.

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  • Unami's STEM Space

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 7/7/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Really excited and encouraged by innovative practices by my fellow CB leaders- Featured here - Unami's renovations include a STEM shared space looks to potentially be a great use of space for project based, collaborative learning to occur for both students and teachers. 

    Years ago, my math colleague and I agreed we should do something fun together. It's easy for me as an elective teacher because I choose to collaborate and need to stay innovative with projects as any engineering/shop class should be- (worksheets are evil in shop class as I learned early on) But for my math colleague, it was more of a risk with curriculum requirements and keystone testing demands.

    After a few meetings, we hashed out a plan with a rocket activity. Capitalizing on my skills as a builder and his skills as a math genius, we went with a skeleton plan and just told the 40 plus kids to try to build a rocket and have fun with it. 

    Based off of a simpler paper and tape rocket design from NASA - Greg and I planned for 2 days (it ended up being 4, but then we narrowed it to 3) with students building the rockets and launching them. Sure- it was fun to see them go far- some went 400 plus feet into the ball field. The interesting part came when we went to the classroom and saw the math come alive- I would hope the kids got alot out of the acitivty, but for me it was a career changer- Greg worked his mastery with Excel and numbers- creating charts that compared length of rocket to distance, weight of rocket to distance, a few years later, we compared nose cone slope to distance travelled... and then Greg would show the kids the Rsquared value to SEE the change in variables on the chart- Wow, that was cool.

    We continue the activity through to this day almost 10 years later. I hope the Unami teachers make a connection between subject areas and use the STEM space to spur this kind of thinking amongst their classes.

    Make-Mentor-Collaborate

     

     

     

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  • Make School Cool!!

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 1/30/2018 5:00:00 AM

    Make School Cool!

    Hello- I am Jon Taylor and I teach the Engineering and Architecture classes.

    Top 10 Items-

    1. It's an elective. We will begin with Engineering (Makerspace Format) and end with Architecture. 

    2. If it's not fun, tell me and we can work out a better experience. 

    3. Safety First. It's a hands on course- yes, you will need to move around and use your hands and brain at the same time.

    4. 9 weeks= 9 choices of projects in 9 different areas of engineering technologies/themes: ArduinoPiMakerbotCADLaserFlightHand ToolTinkerMentor- 9 projects times 5 points= 45 project points Project grades will be shown by copying and pasting the rubric from this blog in an email to me.

    5. 9 weeks= 9 choices of Procedural Knowledge Opportunities- 9 times 5 points= 45 Procedural Knowledge points: Procedural Knowledge will be shown by copying and pasting the rubric from this blog in an email to me. Grades are negotiable. Sometimes we will need to include your parents with grade decisions.

    6. Classroom Procedures: First 10 minutes of each block- Use this time to transition to our class- play a quick school appropriate game on the computer, catch up with friends, get materials ready for the class period, confer with the me on a project and etc. The main time that follows (70 minutes) will be used for classroom lecture and project work. If you finish early, begin a new Makerspace Area with my assistance. The 70 minutes must be dedicated to Engineering class. The last 10 minutes of class will be dedicated to clean-up and reflection on your progress.

    7. This class is set up like a Maker Space. Take lots of pictures and videos of your progress with your phone. These will be used for your emails each week. Yes, you will document failures and achievements. Our makerspace will have computers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, MakerBots, Laser cutter, hand tools, CAD, and some power tools.

    8. To make progress on projects- Move from what you already know in order to learn new things so you can understand what you are trying to build in an engineering project. Do not give up on something because it is hard. I will not support that!!

    9. You need to be a part of our supportive environment- Negativity affects creativity. Some projects are individual, others are collaborative.

    10. There is some lecture in this course- I stress the one on one conversations because our projects can evolve into intense problem solving opportunities. Frustration is a normal part of the engineering process. Thankfully, we have the internet with you tube if we are having trouble with a particular engineering problem. USE YOUR RESOURCES! Click here for Our Website

    I am eagerly anticipating working with you to open up your potential to think and act like an engineer! Please check out my twitter feed for more picts and videos of our classes- https://twitter.com/escapesSTEEAM 

    - J.T.

     

    Grades are important to you. See me if you don't understand the weekly procedural grade- which is a grade earned for going through the motions of challenging yourself to learn new material.

    I need you to take what you already know, apply it to learn something new to understand the new material. This is important when making a project.

    Your ability to try will earn you a perfect score each week. This rubric accounts for HALF of your marking period grade.

    Each Friday, please copy and paste this rubric AND include a brief explanation about your project progress AND e-mail it to me at jtaylor@cbsd.org.

     

    Procedures Grade Rubric- .25- Minimal Effort- .5- Ok Effort- 1.0 Superb Effort 

     

    1.Completion of Weekly Portfolio Entry .25 .50   1.0       
    2.Safe Conduct in Lab    .25 .50   1.0       
    3.Behavior Appropriate and Consistent with Proper Procedures   .25   .50  1.0       
    4.Attendance .25   .50  1.0       
    5.Community Contribution .25 .50    1.0       

    Total- 5 points

     

    Next is the Project Grade Rubric. Please copy and paste this into an e-mail to me when you complete a project. This rubric accounts for the other HALF of your grade for the marking period.

     

    Project Grade Rubric- .25- Minimal Effort- .5- Ok Effort- 1.0 Superb Effort 

    Pictures- 1

    Quality of Project- 1

    Steps to build Explanation- 1

    Quality of E-mail explanation- 1

    Academic/Engineering Area Listed on document- 1

    Total- 5 points

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  • Architecture!

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 11/10/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Architecture is...

    diverse. A certified architect is hired to design furniture, cars, phones, computer cases, window displays, cheese presentations, video games, hollywood sets, stage for theater and, of course, structures like homes and commercial buildings.

    During these next 9 weeks, we will explore Architecture mainly from a residential standpoint and projects will grow from model houses to choices of projects to meet the course requirements.

    In sum:

    1. 9 Weeks= 45 Points total in Procedural Knowledge Grade. Here is the same rubric as before:

    1.Completion of Weekly Portfolio Entry .25 .50   .75  1.0       
    2.Safe Conduct in Lab    .25 .50   .75  1.0       
    3.Behavior Consistent with Proper Procedures   .25   .50 .75  1.0       
    4.Attendance .25   .50 .75  1.0       
    5.Community Contribution .25 .50 .75   1.0       

    Total- 5 points

    2. 9 Weeks= 45 Points total in Projects Grade. Here is the Project rubric:

    Project Rubric- .25- Minimal Effort- .5- Ok Effort- 1.0 Superb Effort 

    Pictures- 1

    Quality of Project- 1

    Steps to build Explanation- 1

    Quality of Step Sheet- 1

    Project "Difficulty"- 1

    Total- 5 points

    3. 9 Projects Include:

     

    1. Sketch Mimicry- Architects from around the world

    2. Floor Plan view (your own house or apartment, then your own design) with Doors, Windows, furniture and dimensions-

    3. 3-D View- CAD generated- AutoCAD Architecture Needed for Grade: Walls, Doors, Windows, Kitchen, Bathroom, ADA compliance, bedroom/Living room furniture and any other furniture unique to your structure... Like a bowling alley for example.

    4. Exterior Model- Check with me for options- Due Dec. 22- Has to look great!

    5. Interior Model- Check with me for options- Due Dec. 22- Has to look great!

    (First 5 projects are individually done)

    6. Design and Build 1- A Game/Minecraft Community Build

    7. Design and Build 2- A Product

    8. Design and Build 3- A Display or Packaging for the product

    9. Design and Build 4- Your choice

    (Projects 6 through 9 can be done individually or within a group and all due at end of semester.)

     

    ( Special Note: Engineering and Arch. II will be working with Portable Storage Containers as their main structure for the individual project.)

     

    See me with any questions. I look forward to working with you again.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Project Rubric

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 9/27/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Project Rubric- .25- Minimal Effort- .5- Ok Effort- 1.0 Superb Effort 

    Pictures- 1

    Quality of Project- 1

    Steps to build Explanation- 1

    Quality of Step Sheet- 1

    Academic/Engineering Listed on document- 1

    Total- 5 points

     

    Please visit my twitter feed and past blog posts for past project ideas.

     

    Make-Mentor-Collaborate

     

     

     

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  • Weekly Procedural Grade Information

    Posted by JONATHAN TAYLOR on 9/12/2017 6:00:00 AM

    Grades are important to you. See me if you don't understand the weekly procedural grade- which is a grade earned for going through the motions of challenging yourself to learn new material.

    I need you to take what you already know, apply it to learn something new to understand the new material. This is important when making a project.

    Your ability to try will earn you a perfect score each week. This rubric accounts for HALF of your marking period grade.

     

    1.Completion of Weekly Portfolio Entry .25 .50   .75 1.0       
    2.Safe Conduct in Lab    .25 .50   .75 1.0       
    3.Behavior Appropriate and Consistent with Proper Procedures   .25   .50 .75 1.0       
    4.Attendance .25   .50 .75 1.0       
    5.Community Contribution .25 .50 .75   1.0       

    Total- 5 points

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