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. 


- J.T.