IB Course Description

Course Name: Intro to Engineering: Design and Modeling

Course #: IT25

Grade Level: 8

# of Credits: One (1)

I.  Course Outline

In this course, students will be able to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on everyday life. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to display their creative solutions. 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, Sketching, Measuring, and using 3D CAD software.

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 Engineering careers in a global economy.

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.