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2002, Bigelow Middle School, Engineering Technology Department



This course stresses engineering activities, such as designing, drafting, and fabrication.  Students will learn and utilize the design process to design and make a small CO2 powered vehicle.  The steps involved will be to identify the problem, make small thumbnail sketches to get many ideas, make rough sketches of a few of the designs of choice, select a final design and make a working drawing, and finally build the vehicle.  Simply click on the curriculum title for a detailed description of the TLA.

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The Design Process

This 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)


CO2 Car Design TLA

In this 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)


Aerodynamics TLA

In this 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)


Speed Calculations TLA

In this 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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