Gateway To Technology

The first semester will cover Design & Modeling while the second semester covers Automation & Robotics.


Lesson 1.1 – What is Engineering?

  • Concepts

1. Science is the study of the natural world, while technology is the study of how humans develop new products to meet needs and wants.

2. Technological change is seen through inventions, innovations, and the evolution of technological artifacts, processes, and systems.

3. Engineers, designers, and engineering technologists are needed in high demand for the development of future technology to meet societal needs and wants.

4. An engineering notebook is used to record original ideas or designs.

5. A portfolio is an organized collection of best works.

Lesson 1.2 – Design Process

  • Concepts

1. Design teams use brainstorming techniques to generate large numbers of ideas in a short amount of time, striving for quantity, not quality.

2. The design brief is a tool for defining the problem; it is an agreement between the engineer and client.

3. Engineers use design briefs to explain the problem, identify solution expectations, and establish project constraints.

4. A decision matrix is a tool used to compare solution ideas to the criteria so that you can select the best solution.

Lesson 1.3 – Measurement

  • Concepts

1. Being able to measure accurately is important at school and at home, at work and when pursuing hobbies.

2. Precision measuring tools are needed for accuracy, but tools must be used correctly to ensure accurate measurements are taken.

3. Quality workmanship and accurate measurements with precise instruments are necessary to successfully solve problems.

Lesson 1.4 – Sketching and Dimensioning

  • Concepts

1. The ability to create a rapid, accurate sketch is an important skill to communicate ideas.

2. Orthographic drawings of an object are used to provide information that a perspective drawing may not be able to show.

3. Engineers apply dimensions to drawings to communicate size information.

Lesson 1.5 – Designing for Production

  • Concepts

1. Simple geometric shapes are combined and joined to create a representation of an object.

2. Engineers use computer-aided design (CAD) modeling systems to quickly generate and annotate working drawings.

3. Three-dimensional computer modeling uses descriptive geometry, geometric relationships, and dimensions to communicate an idea or solution to a technological problem.

4. As individual objects are assembled together, their degrees of freedom are systematically removed.

5. Engineers use a design process to create solutions to existing problems.

6. Teamwork requires constant communication to achieve the goal at hand.

7. The fabrication of a prototype is the opportunity for the designer to see the product as a three-dimensional object.


Students should bring the following materials to class on a daily basis:

  • (2) #2 pencils

  • Composition Notebook (preferably with graph paper)

  • Ball point pen

  • Agenda book

  • USB Flash Drive

  • Loose leaf paper