Applied Technology Briar Woods High School 2014-2015 Introduction The Applied Technology program at Briar Woods High School is designed to provide engineering based, active learning situations and higher-order thinking skill development, which occurs through the systematic study of the application of knowledge, creativity, and resources to solve problems. The Applied Technology program features a hands-on approach where learning materials are presented in a variety of forms, such as video, textbooks, workbooks, computer aided instruction, projects, and experimental hardware. The activities are taught as a whole class activity, engineering teams of two, and in large groups where students are working to solve the similar problems. Each activity is scheduled to last 8-10 class periods. Grades The student’s grade will be based on drawings, projects, tests, daily work ethic and clean-up performed in the class. A grade will also be given for his/her efforts during class and his/her ability to work together with a team during some of the projects . Grading Scale A+ 98-100 A 93-97 A- 90-92 B 83-86 C+ B+ B- 80-82 C 87-89 77-79 73-76 C- 70-72 D D+ D- 60-62 67-69 63-66 F 59 and below Homework There will be little to no homework in this course. The course work and projects are designed and scheduled to be completed in class, due to access to equipment. It is vitally important that the student be in class as much as possible to facilitate completion. Make up work can be completed and scheduled with the teacher and parent either before or after school. Testing Tests may be given as part of certain units and activities completed during the course. They may include information on machines or equipment as well as content related to the unit being covered. There will also be a cumulative test at the end of the First Semester and a Final Exam. Lab Deposit Each student is responsible for a $20 Lab Deposit which is used to cover the cost of the materials the student will use in the class during the year. It is possible that the student may have to bring in more Lab Deposit if he/she spends more on their projects during the year. At the end of the first semester, we will evaluate where the student stands with his/her Lab Deposit balance and decide whether they should bring in more money at that time. A project cost list will be kept during the year so that the teacher and student will know exactly how much the student has spent and what his/her balance is. They may bring in cash or a check with a preference being a check made out to BWHS. Bringing in a check helps with record keeping and also helps if the student loses the Deposit, it is easy to replace. ALL deposits will receive a receipt for the student to bring home and the teacher will have a copy of the deposit. Classroom Behavior and Attendance The students will be spending time in both our Applied Technology Lab as well as our Production lab. Throughout this time they will be using a variety of power machines, design and production equipment, and computers. Appropriate and safe behavior is vitally important in this class with the equipment that the students will be using. Horse play is strictly forbidden as it could cause a serious accident to the student and others in the class or damage to class equipment. The student will go through a safety lesson related to all equipment they will need to use in the class, followed by a safety test that the student must achieve a 90 or above to use the equipment. A safety Pledge will be given out which the student and parent/guardian must sign and return before the student is allowed to begin work with any of the machines. All LCPS computer use rules apply as well as other rules that must be followed when using a computer lab and a production lab. The student is not allowed to have food or drinks at the computer station at any time. Students are not to play any games using the computer unless permission is given. Students are to ask permission before printing out material for outside purposes. Books and materials from the classroom are not to leave the classroom without permission. The teacher’s office and storage rooms are off limits to students unless permission is given Students are not allowed to go to websites not approved by LCPS or the instructor. Students are not allowed to go to My Space and Facebook 2014-2015 COURSE TITLE: Applied Technology III PREREQUISITE: Applied Technology II DESCRIPTION: Applied Technology III gives students the chance to explore many problems in the community and the opportunity to develop solutions. It allows students to make improvements on existing products using the skills and technologies learned from the Applied Technology II course. Students explore a project-based cooperative learning environment. MAIN TOPICS: Analyzing the fundamentals of technological assessment. Appraising the technological factors that altar society. Forecasting future technologies, using normative techniques. Forecasting future technologies, using exploratory techniques. Applying technology assessment processes. Designing a technical product. Designing a technical system. Examining all aspects of industry: Planning Management Finance Technical and production skills Underlying principles of technology Labor issues Community issues Health, safety, and environmental issues CREDIT INFO: This course is a one-credit elective required for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma.