course is intended to introduce students to the world of technology.
Tool skills will be included, but a major emphasis will
be placed on safety, teamwork, responsibility, problem solving,
critical thinking, creativity, and evaluation skills. Simply
click on the curriculum title for a detailed description of
the TLA (Technology Learning Activity).
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Tools in Technology
TLA is designed to expose students to the many different tools
and resources used in technology. This unit will focus on
how to safely use the tools and materials of technology to
construct a small project using wood. Many different processes
of technology will also be covered, from cutting stock to
size using jigs and fixtures, to the final application of
a stain finish. (approx. 6-7 classes)
TLA the entire class will work together and become a company.
The company will take on the task of researching, designing,
manufacturing, and marketing a useful product. Every student
will participate in the design process. Once a final design
has been chosen, the plans are then tranfered into a CAD (computer
aided design) drawing, and a milling machine is used to mass
produce the product. Three divisions will be developed, manufacturing,
marketing, and quality control / assembly, each reponsible
for different opperations. (approx. 8 classes)
Principles of Flight
TLA students will conduct an experiment on the principles
of flight. All students will construct a paper airplane, conduct
tests about the plane's flight performance, make alterations
to the airplane's structure, and finally, make a conclusion
based on thier findings. A wind tunnel will be used to demonstrate
aerodynamics and to experiment with Bernouli's Principle.
The unit content includes the history of aviation, various
aviation flying machines, inventors, and flight principles.
(approx. 4 classes)
TLA students will learn the principle of magnetic levitation
and how it is utilized in the transportation industry. As
part of the curriculum, students will research, design, construct
and contest magnetic levitation vehicles. The vehicles will
be made out of only post-consumer materials and the students
will work in teams of two or three. The object is to travel
down 8 feet of track using only wind from a fan to power them.
Recycling, design, problem solving, teamwork, and safety will
be covered. (approx. 5 classes)
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