7th Grade Innovation Lab

Course Title: 7th Grade Innovation Lab
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Course Description

The KA Technology and Engineering curriculum encourages students to express their imagination and creativity through project-based learning and class competitions. This hands-on approach is exciting and fun for all students in 7th. Concepts will be introductory and include computer applications, video editing, digital graphics, woodworking, automation and modeling. Students will design, create and produce their own projects.

Power Standards

  1. Student can demonstrate an understanding of TE related vocabulary and concepts.
  2. Student can demonstrates proper planning and process time on classroom projects.
  3. Student can apply academic experiences to the world of work, interrelationships, community, and/or life.
  4. Student demonstrates technical skills and final outcome on classroom project

Course Outline

Work creatively to develop innovative solutions to problems and opportunities

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • Why do parts of a project need to adhere to correct measurements?
  • What are simple machines
  • How does make a 3D model help us build a project?
  • Why is it important to know how to save your projects?
  • Builds parts of a device that will adhere to specific measurements.
  • identifies simple machines
  • Learns how to make 3D models of ideas for projects
  • Learns how to save different file extensions to correct locations.
 Summative Projects:  Mars Lander, Gumball Machine, Switches Automation Project, Maze Game, Luxury Trailer

Communicate and collaborate with others to accomplish tasks and develop solutions

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • Why is it important to communicate your ideas to others?
  • Why should you stay organized with all of your information?
  • How can communicating with others help you in the future?
  • present project to teacher
  • Utilize portfolio to effectively relay information
  • Develops skills on how to work better in a team setting
 Summative Projects: Mars Lander, Switches Automation Project, Parallel/Series Snap Circuits

Analyze the concepts of technology

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • How would you describe automation?
  • What are the major components of an excellent program?
  • How has our society been affected by automation innovation, and robotics?
  • How do mechanical gears work?
  • Why we differentiate different types of engineering?
  • Learns what automation is
  • Creates a program to that will work how they want it to
  • learns how automation and robotics has changed our society
  • discuss how innovations affect our society
  • creates mechanical gear configurations.
  • Learns about different types of engineering
 Summative Projects: Maze Game, Parallel/Series Snap Circuits, Switches Automation Project

Analyze technical directions and methods to demonstrate the attributes of design and engineering design

 Guiding Questions Learning Objectives
  • What is the purpose of a timetable for project completion?
  • Why was “the cloud” developed?
  • How has technology helped and hindered society?
  • How would you begin to tackle solving a problem?
  • What is the importance of having a process when designing?
  • What is the importance of precision measurement?
  • Learn how to create a timetable for managing class projects
  • Understands the difference between cloud, network, and local drives
  • Understands the difference between good and bad decisions concerning technology
  • Understand the steps on how to solve a problem
  • Recognizes problems in a design
  • Documents the design process
  • Learns how to measure accurately to 1/16”
 Summative Projects: Word Cut Out, Gumball Machine, Maze Game, Air Racer, App Ico, Luxury Trailer


 Career and Life Skills
 Social and Cross Cultural The student respects and contributes to the diverse learning community by:

  • Honoring  the ideas and opinions of others and
  • Interacting effectively and appropriately with others.
 Productivity and  Accountability The student takes ownership of work and actions  by:

  • Completing assignments on time
  • Arriving prepared and on time
  • Managing time
 Initiative and Self Direction The student demonstrates independence by:

  • Self-advocating for assistance or resources
  • Persevering through rigorous/challenging tasks
  • Utilizing feedback