IB Course Description

Course Name: Intro to Engineering: Automation and Robotics

Course #: IT20

Grade Level: 7

# of Credits: One (1)


I.  Course Outline

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfers, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

Throughout this course, IB students will be asked to reflect on their progress along the Learner Profile continuum, which includes becoming motivated and principled learners. Students will expand their global outlook through research, problem-solving, and communication. 


Key Concepts for this course will include Communication, Communities, Development, and Systems. Related Concepts will include Adaptation, Collaboration, Ergonomics, Evaluation, Form, Function, Innovation Invention, and Resources.


II.  IB Aims and Objectives


The aims of MYP Design are to encourage and enable students to:

·        Enjoy the design process, develop an appreciation of its elegance and power

·        Develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions to problems using the design cycle

·        Use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, model and create solutions and to solve problems

·        Develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society and environments

·        Appreciate past, present and emerging design within cultural, political, social, historical and environmental contexts

·        Develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems

·        Act with integrity and honesty, and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective working practices

The objectives of MYP Design are for students to:

·        Inquiring and analyzing

·        Developing ideas

·        Creating the solution

·        Evaluating

Outside of these, ATL (Approaches to Learning) is always present and helps students “learn to learn” with tools to enable them to become life-long, independent learners.  ATL skills include thinking, social, communication, and research skills.


III.  Topics

The Design process, mechanical gears, robotics, and automation through programming.


IV.  Global Contexts


Global Contexts provide a framework on which to build each unit of study. The six Global Contexts will be integrated within the various units of study to reinforce the connections between Design as it relates both to content and universal concepts.  The six Contexts are Identities and Relationships, Scientific and Technical Innovation, Fairness and Development, Orientation in Space and Time, Globalization and Sustainability, and Personal and Cultural Expression; however, of particular emphasis in this subject content will be Scientific and Technical Innovation. 


V.  Internationalism


Internationalism for this content will include researching real world robots used in a global society.

VI.  Teaching Methods


Teaching methods for this class incorporate study skills with hands-on cooperative learning experiences.


VII.  Assessment


Students are given an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and the Criterion A-B-C-D skills using a variety of assessments such as Performance-based projects using the assessment criteria outlined in a rubric. This way, students are given an opportunity to self-reflect and refine their product prior to teacher evaluation.