Advanced Design Applications Daily Lessons - class websites

April 2018
Date Warm-up Class Activities Objectives. SWBAT:
26 What is an advantage of autonomous control over remote control?
  1. Discuss loops, events and conditions
  2. Programs Control the Finch with optical sensors (photoresistors)
  • Use light as an input
  • Use events, loops and conditions
25 How can light be an input and an output?
  1. Discuss events and conditions
  2. Programs: Change LED colors to match orientation
  • Use light as an output.
  • Use events, loops and conditions
24 Which way will a robot turn if the left wheel is moving and the right wheel is still?
  1. Finch sensors. How Snap and the Birdbrain interface work.
  2. Dead reckoning: Complete the chair square with a Finch robot
  3. Events: Control the robot from the keyboard: choose 4 keys to control forward, backward, left and right.
  4. Using sensors: Light up by orientation
  • Code lights and motion based on sensors, events and dead reckoning.
23 How is a smart vehicle different from others?
  1. Update on Local Motors and Ollie
  2. Making smart transportation systems. How the code works.
  3. Dead reckoning: do the chair square
  4. Sensors: do the zigzag
  • Describe local smart transportation updates
  • Use code to make smart movement using dead reckoning and sensors
20 Why is urban transportation different from rural?
  1. Is the NextPod and its app a practical idea?
  2. Invent a system of transportation that could work to: get to work/school in rural and urban areas, get groceries and shop, take a group on a field trip or a family on a vacation. Sketch an efficient organized system that can do it all in all weather.
  • Design variations on modular systems.
19 What is a problem with modern transportation?
  1. Review future transportation and self-parking car parks. 
  2. Thinking outside the box: look at unusual vehicles
  3. Find an example of a different unusual vehicle that is real. Print a picture and write 2 sentences about the best features in your own words to make a class poster. Cite your sources.
  • Describe unusual options in transportation
18 What are some different ways that cars could get power? 
  1. Fill in the Future of Transportation page in OneNote Unit 5 Transportation about future transportation and self-parking car parks. 
  • Describe future options in transportation 

17 What does the third band on a resistor stand for?
  1. Review the quiz review
  2. Quiz
  3. What do YOU think the future of transportation is? in 10 years? In 50 years? Add your thoughts to your OneNote Unit 5 transportation on the Future Robots page
  • Demonstrate understanding of circuits and circuit properties
16 What is the unit of measurement for the resistance in a circuit?
  1. Do this quiz review. We will go over it tomorrow in class.
  2. In OneNote, Unit 5 transportation on the Future Robots page, find pictures and answer the questions.
  • Describe ways that robots move
13 What is Ohm's Law?
  1. Review for quiz on Tuesday
  2. Look at how robots work. Printed circuit boards, motors and microprocessors.
  3. Who can drive a robot through the challenge course? What's the fastest time?
  • Review Ohm and Kirchoff laws
  • Control a robot directly
12 What is Kirchoff's Law?
  1. Review measuring values in the Virtual Circuit Maker and using a real multimeter to measure voltage and resistance.
  2. View how different elements make up complex circtuis
  3. Take apart a flashlight, draw all of the parts, and show how the current flows.
  • Show real applications of electrical circuits.
11 Which kind of voltage is a battery: direct current or alternating current?
  1. Practice measuring values in the Virtual Circuit Maker. Get points by pasting a screenshot of your circuit with the answers to the questions in the Energy Unit in OneNote.
  • Verify values in a circuit
10 Is a 200 Ohm resistor always exactly 200 Ohms?
  1. Learn how to use a multimeter to measure voltage and resistance.
  2. Measure the accuracy of the resistors. Build the circuit and measure the voltage drop from points A to B, A to C and A to D in the circuit.
  • Build and test a circuit
9 What is different in each path of a parallel circuit, the voltage or the current?
  1. Read 3 band resistors.(here's a chart) Show for points when you get 3 right.
  2. Copy schematic symbols and explain the function of common electrical components on these notes.
  3. Use meters to measure resistance,
  • Measure values in circuits
  • Identify common electronic comonents.
6 What happens to current when you increase resistance?
  1. Learn about Kirchoff's Law and how it works with Ohm's Law. Do the practices.
  2. Experiment with different materials to see how much resistance affects circuits.
  • Demonstrate the laws of circuits.
5 What does an ammeter measure?
  1. Follow the directions to simulate and measure circuits in the Virtual Circuit Maker
  • make changes to simulated circuits and track effects
4 What flows to make electricity?
  1. Job outlook for electricians. Career video
  2. Review how to read resistors. (here's a chart) Show for points when you get 3 right.
  3. Fill in notes on virtual circuits using the presentation.
  4. Build the pictured circuit using the Virtual Circuit Maker and measure the voltage and current. Show for points.
  • simulate circuits and measure voltage and current
March 2018
Date Warm-up Class Activities Objectives. SWBAT:
29 What happens if there is a short circuit in a home electrical system?
  1. Fill in notes on the symbols for electrical elements: battery, LED, resistor.
  2. Learn how to read resistors.
  3. Learn how a breadboard works. First draw then wire a circuit
  • Draw circuit elements
  • read resistor values
  • Wire a breadboard
28 What does the equation E = I * R mean?
  1. In OneNote, in Unit 4 Energy fill in the notes on
  • Describe how energy is delivered to homes
  • Analyze circuit breakers and how they work
27 Which is more dangerous, high voltage or high amperage?
  1. Take notes on more about circuits.
  2. Make a parallel, series and mixed circuit in TinkerCad: Learn Circuits. Start Simulating.
  3. Practice electrical energy vocabulary terms.
  • Use Ohm's Law to compute circuit values
  • Use electronics vocabulary.
  • Simulate kinds of circuits.
26 What are 3 different kinds of energy?
  1. Take notes on the basics of electricity and circuits
  2. Sketch an original analogy for Ohm's Law.
  • Diagram components of a basic circuit
  • Define electronics vocabulary
  • Describe Ohm's Law
23 How could people find your website?
  1. Last day to work on portfolios. Check the rubric.
  2. Evaluate two other people's portfolio pages. Describe something good about their design of their chair and their page. Describe something that could be imroved wth specific suggestions.
  • reflect on portfolio design
22 The limit on free pages on Yola is 3. How do you delete an unwanted page.
  1. Demonstration: how to delete pages and link sites together.
  2. Check the rubric for your portfolio page on and make any additions or corrections. If you have your work on 2 separate sites, be sure to link them together.
  • Complete and refine a website portfolio
21 ~*~* snow day! *~*~
20 How is the design process for a chair like the design process for a website?
  1. Create your TInkerCAD 3d model of your cardboard chair. Add it to your portfolio page on . Use the rubric for points.
  • Model an original design
19 Is it legal to make a link on your webpage to someone else's webpage without getting their permission?
  1. Complete your page on about the chair project. Use this rubric for points.
  2. IF YOU DO NOT PUT THE LINK FOR YOUR SITE IN the OneNote Collaborative section on the Student Websites page YOU WILL NOT GET THE POINTS.
  • Document project and reflection in portfolio
  • Generate a 3d model of an original design
16 What is the most difficult thing about building a chair out of cardboard?
  1. Add a page to your website about the chair project. Describe how your idea did or did not work out as well as expected, the steps you took to complete the project, and lessons learned.
  • Document project and reflection in portfolio
15 Get a new warmup paper next to the bin. Fill in one safety rule for each of the past 3 days. For today, the warmup is to tell whether we should do the cardboard chair project again next year in ADA or not and why.
  1. Fill in the Chair Project reflection page in Unit 3 Manufacturing in OneNote.
  2. Look in the OneNote Collaborative section to be sure that you put a link to your website on the Student Websites page. Make sure you can still get into your website for tomorrow. If you cannot remember how to get into your website, make a new account on and put the link on the OneNote student websites page in the collaboration section.
  • Reflect on the chair design and building process.

Copy safety guidelines. Fill in one for each day (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday):

  • Wear goggles when near sharp or hot objects,
  • Put the glue gun down carefully when not using it,
  • Close the box knife as soon as finished cutting with it.
  1. Continue building, paying attention to safety regulations and design specifications.
  • Build designs according to rubric for the cardboard chair.
9 Safety rules: When do you wear gogles? How do you lay down a glue gun? When do you close the box knife?
  1. Work in the shop
Build designs
8 What can you cut with a box knife on?
  1. Show your plans, including sizes, then be ready to work down to the shop.
  • Build designs
7 How many separate parts are there in your chair design?
  1. Draw one chair part to scale on cardboard. Prove that it's the right size. Add extra folds where possible to add strength and balance. Chairs should NOT tip over if someone sits off center.
  • Outline parts to scale.
6 Why is a half scale object only 1/4 of the size?
  1. Test and improve designs
  2. Draw out parts lists to scale with construction plans.
  • Test and improve designs
  • Draw plans
5 If a full size chair can hold 200 pounds, how much should a 1/2 scale chair hold?
  1. Design back supports for your chairs so that a person can lean back comfortably without the back moving. Use folding techniques, not glue or tape. Be sure your chair seat is strong enough to hold at least 10 pounds minimum.
  2. Test prototype designs on Tuesday
  • Design complimentary designs for support
2 school cancelled for severe weather
1 Why are safety goggles required when working with box knives or glue guns?
  1. How much weight should a quarter scale model really hold?
  2. Draw isometric to half scale.
  3. Build structurally strong components with quality construction.
  • Practice quality design and construction
February 2018
Date Warm-up Class Activities Objectives. SWBAT:
28 What's the difference between criteria and constraints.
  1. View the presentation on safety guidelines with box knives and hot glue guns.
  2. Review the rubric for the cardboard chair.
  3. Create models with cardboard that are 1/4 scale. 1/4 of 300 pounds is 75 pounds. (seat 4" above ground, back 7.5" tall) 1' of tape only to connect.
  • Know safe practices with cutters and hot glue
  • Safely use box knives
  • Construct for strength, attractive design and well connected parts.
27 What is an advantage of a Li-on battery?
  1. Energy and transportation quiz
  2. Look at a degree in energy systems.
  3. Quick review of isometric drawing.
  4. Go over cardboard chair specifications. Copy down the criteria and constraints for chairs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of energy related topics.
  • Evaluate and allocate resources for design project
26 Name 2 different kinds of personal transportation
  1. Fill in OneNote page about lithium ion batteries.
  2. Review for energy and transportation quiz. (ppt)
  • Describe pros and cons of different kinds of batteries
  • Make connections between energy and transportation

All classwork this week was in OneNote notebook.



Class Activities 

Objectives. SWBAT: 

Feb 23 

Why is it important to save energy on transportation in the future? 

Choose 4 of these personal transportation vehicles and compare them on the Personal Transportation page in Unit 4 

Describe options in personal transportation 

Feb 22 

What kinds of transportation use very little energy? 

Watch this video and describe the 10 unusual kinds of transportation that are shown on the Unusual Transportation page in Unit 4. Find another unique, energy saving mode of transportation and add a picture and description. 

Describe unique transportation options 

Feb 21 

List 2 kinds of geothermal energy 

Find out about energy in transportation. Answer the questions on your OneNote Unit 4 Transportation Energy page after watching the video there 

Compare options for reduced energy transportation 

20 Is there more renewable or non-renewable energy being produced in Southern MD?
  1. Learn about placemarks and tours and how to drop pins in Google Earth.
  2. Look at Google Earth history to see how Southern Maryland is changing.
  3. Record a tour of at least 4 sources of power in Southern MD. (3 power plants (Brandywine power, Keys hydroelectric, Chalk Point, St. Charles on Billingsly Rd, Morgantown by the Nice Bridge, Calvert Cliffs), 1 solar farm) in Google Earth.
  • Create a tour of power sources of southern MD.

Can a house produce more energy than it uses?

  1. Watch video on award winning solar design.
  2. Find out about SMECO solar in Charles county. Find it on a map, how much energy does it produce? When did it start? Why did they add solar energy?
  3. Discover some Fossil fuel power plants in the area.
  4. Where is there nuclear and hydroelectric power in Southern MD? Answer in OneNote.
  • Identify local power sources
15 What is an advantage of solar over geothermal?
  1. How is it possible that a local homeowner reduced their electric bill from $400/month to $9/month video
  2. Look at a 100% off grid home. in Canada.
  3. What is net Zero? How does it work? Look up net zero energy homes and document how it works on the NetZero page in OneNote.
  • Describe features of net zero homes
14 valentine day Why does geothermal cost more to install than solar?
  1. Compare solar to geothermal to finish yesterday's pink paper.
  2. In the OneNote Energy section, fill in the Solar page with houses, vehicles and other useful items that are powered by solar.
  • Describe features of solar energy
13 List 3 advantages of geothermal energy
  1. Review renewable and geothermal energy: residential and commercial
  2. What are different kinds of solar energy? Fill out the paper
  • Describe different kinds of solar energy
  • Use geothermal vocabulary
  • Identify renewable sources of energy
12 What are 2 different kinds of geothermal?
  1. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called ground source heat pumps the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available. Watch the video on how geothermal works and then look at Southern MD Geothermal.
  2. How can a person get trained to install geothermal? Answer the questions.
  3. Debunk 5 common myths
  • Describe geothermal sources and uses
  • Describe training available
  • Clear up myths about geothermal energy
9 Where does geothermal energy come from?
  1. Take notes on how geothermal plants work & Enhanced geothermal systems.
  2. Explore the energy sources of Alberta Canada to review the basics of non-renewable and renewable energy.
  • Compare elements and output of a commercial geothermal plant to home geothermal energy.
  • Describe features of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy
8 List 3 kinds of renewable energy
  1. Fill in the notes about geothermal energy and how it is installed. Put your answers in OneNote Energy section.
  • Describe the elements and advantages of geothermal energy
7 Why should you test a model before building a full size design?
  1. Consider different energy sources. Play Save the world. Charge all 7 batteries and put screenshots of your successes in OneNote Unit 4 Energy section
  • Describe conditions favorable to different kinds of energy sources.
6 Why are 3 connected columns stronger than 1?
  1. Build a cardstock version of a chair
    • Criteria and constraints: has a seat and back
    • Is at least 5" tall
    • The seat is at least 2.5" above the ground
    • Can balance independently and support at least 1 pound weight.
    • Limited resources: Use a single side of a folder as material.
  2. Take a picture before and after it fails a weight support test.
  • Consider ways to create strength using recycled materials.
  • Design to criteria and constraints
5 How is cardboard different from paper?
  1. Test your prototype chair with weights. Document where it is weakest, and how it could be strengthened. Make it stronger. Would your prototype be the same using cardboard as it was wtih paper?
  2. Sketch 3 possible designs that are strong and that you would consider building given limited resources. List the positive features of each.
  • Research, model and compare possible designs
2 What are some ways to make supports strong?
  1. Choose two of these 20 cardboard chairs. What makes them strong? What is good about each design? List at least 1 feature from each chair that you might include in your own chair design.
  2. Watch the process a group used in the cardboard design process. Write down the steps. Describe something you would do differently. (2 min)
  3. Build a paper prototype of a chair you selected.
  • Compare and constrast features.
  • Describe design process steps.
  • Create a prototype.
1 What are 2 ways to solve the future energy crisis?
  1. Sketch this chair and label the parts of the design that make it strong.
  2. Build and analyze support models: triangles, columns, zig zags, square mesh.
  • Construct, analyze and test different support structures.
January 2018
Date Warm-up Class Activities Objectives. SWBAT:
31 How can a tiny house save energy?
  1. What do we need energy for?
  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle can save resources and energy. How much energy does the average person need in a year?
  3. How many people are in the world? How fast is world population growing? How many more people will there be in 25 years?
  4. Investigate how cardboard is manufactured (5 min) and describe why it is energy efficient.
  5. Investigate cardboard furniture (video 1:30) and describe the benefits.
  • Desribe changing energy needs in a growing world.
  • Describe how a building material that is environmentally friendly can be used creatively.
  • Describe energy savings and benefits of using cardboard as a building material.
30 We have studied technology, construction and manufacturing. What 2 units are left in this class?
  1. The next unit will be on Energy. One way to save on energy is to live in a small space. Choose a tiny house with an energy saving design.
  2. Paste a picture of the tiny house you like best in OneNote on your Unit 4 Energy/Tiny House page. Include the URL where you found it.
  3. Describe what is good about the design and how it could save energy.
  4. When you are finished, work on your website to get all the points on the rubric.
  • Identify energy saving options in construction design
29 What is a home page?
  1. Put the link to your new yola website on OneNote Collaborative space.
  2. Learn how to customize yola pages by editing pictures. Finish Home and About Me pages on your digital portfolios. Check the rubric for points.
  • Customize web page layout for a digital portfolio.
26 What are 3 different web 2.0 sites you have used for class this year?
  1. Create a new page on your yola website called ABOUT ME. Click on PAGE and then "+"
  2. List and add pictures for at least:
    • 5 likes/dislikes
    • 5 places you'd like to go or things you'd like to do
    • a description of at least 2 experiences that have shaped your life. Here's an example
  3. Put the link to your new yola website on OneNote Collaborative space.
  • Design a personal web page for a portfolio
25 What is web 2.0?
  1. Put the link to your new yola website on OneNote Collaborative space.
  2. So far your website should have:
    • a banner across the top with the title of the class
    • your collage with a list of the 5 units
    • a description of the class
  3. Add these elements as shown in the example:
    1. Technology: add a picture and description
    2. Design: add a picture and description
    3. Your 3d designs with descriptions.
  • Document work and thoughts in a digitally designed portfolio

Go to first semester




Start virtual experiments with circuits. (takes a number of days)

  1. Draw a schematic for a light circuit.
  2. Wire a light circuit on a breadboard.


  1. Draw a schematic for a combined parallel/series circuit and then wire it.
  2. Wire a breadboard with 3 LED lights.










  1. students at work building cardboard chairs, with designs, measurements, testing. (2 min)
  2. 3 min 13 year old designing a cardboard chair.