In sixth grade, technology education students will be working on units in measuring, design/construction, manufacturing, transportation and biotechnology/ecology.
First, students will become familiar with the fractions of the inch down to 1/16" and then learn how to measure. Learn those fractions of the inch!
In the design/construction unit, students will design and construct a balsa wood bridge with their partners. They will then destructively test their bridges. (That means they will destroy the bridge.) To do well on this project, your bridge will have to hold many times its own weight. Keep in mind, it's not how much weight it holds, but how many times its weight it holds. (That's called efficiency.)
In manufacturing, we'll be using sheet metal equipment to form a box and then solder the corners together. Then we'll use our plastics equipment to make screwdrivers and an insert to hold them in the box. When you're done, it's yours to keep. They make great gifts!
We'll be making a unique vehicle in the transportation unit. Let's just say that it will stay close to the ground but won't be touching it.
Each student in sixth grade is required to pay a fee of $4 for materials and supplies.
Rubrics for the projects can be found below.
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