Foundations includes the LearnMate® classroom management system which delivers curriculum, tracks student progress, enables assessments and facilitates classroom management
Students are introduced to STEM concepts through problem-based learning and hands-on activities covering relevant topics such as:
- History of Engineering and Technology.
- Careers in STEM.
- Engineering Design Process.
- Mechanical Principles.
- Rapid Prototyping.
Introduction to Engineering
- 1.1 (Core): Introduction to Engineering
- 1.2 (Activity): Engineering Contributions
- 1.3 (Core): Engineering in Society
- 1.4 (Activity): Engineering Ethics
- 1.5 (Core): Careers in Engineering
- 1.6 (Activity): Career Inquiry
- 1.7 (Core): Engineering Approaches to Product Design
- 1.8 (Activity): Paper Tower
- 1.9 (Core): Engineering Education Planning
- 1.10 (Project): Exploring Engineering
Introduction to Industrial Design
In the Introduction to Industrial Design course, students explore the history and role of industrial designers. The content delves into product design, reverse engineering, patents and engineering notebooks. Activities include redesigning a simple office supply product. Students also use design software to complete several projects.
- Lesson 1: What is Industrial Design?
- Lesson 2: Technical Drawing
- Lesson 3: History of Product Design & How Products are Made
- Lesson 4: Reverse Engineering, Patents, & the Engineer’s Notebook
- Lesson 5: Human Factors Engineering
- Lesson 6: Rapid Prototyping
- Introduction to Industrial Design: Conclusion
- Challenge Section
In the Mechanisms course, students examine various components of mechanisms including gears, pulleys, levers, and more. They create several simple machines to observe first-hand. The course also instructs students on the calculation of mechanical advantage, force, friction, work, and other measurements associated with mechanisms.
- Lesson 1: Simple Machines – Inclined Planes, Wedges, and Screws
- Lesson 2: Simple Machines – Levers
- Lesson 3: Simple Machines – Wheels, Axles, and Pulleys
- Lesson 4: Gears
- Lesson 5: Forces
- Lesson 6: Work
- Lesson 7: Friction
- Lesson 8: Building a Mechanism
Engineering Application Series
The Engineering Application Series (EAS) is a collection of over 30 downloadable projects that you can add to your classroom. These activities enable open-ended project-based learning strategies that enhance the instructional experience for students.
Downloadable EAS Projects:
- Airplane Launcher
- Balloon Racer
- Bathroom Redesign
- Movable Bridge
- Conveyor System – Automated
- Geothermal Heating/Cooling System
- Guitar Tuning Device
- Intelligent Green House
- Pneumatics Trainer
- Robotics Game/Event Smart House
- Solar Water Heater
- Sun Tracking Solar Panel Array
- Vending Machine
- Wind Turbine
- and more!
LearnMate Learning Management System (LMS)
- Windows LMS version installed on a single, dedicated local (customer’s) server.
- Phone support and updates for one year
- Introduction to Engineering (Virtual)
- Mechanisms (Lab)
- Introduction to Industrial Design (Lab)
- Engineering Application Series (EAS) Projects
- Engineering Application Series (EAS) Project Materials Package
Introduction to Industrial Design Course Materials Package
for 2, 10, 20 or 30 students:
- 12” metal rulers
- Lab and challenge sheets