PAE 09-Jan-2018 to 19-Jan-2018

Lesson/Unit Name:

Mechanical Engineering

TEKS – §130.402 (Principles of Applied Engineering):

  • c.2 – The student investigates the components of engineering and technology systems. The student is expected to:
  • c.2.D – describe how technological systems interact to achieve common goals
  • c.2.E – compare and contrast engineering, science, and technology careers
  • c.3 – The student presents conclusions, research findings, and designs using a variety of media throughout the course. The student is expected to:
  • c.3.A – use clear and concise written, verbal, and visual communication techniques
  • 3.D – use industry standard visualization techniques and media
    c.4 – The student uses appropriate tools and demonstrates safe work habits. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.A – master relevant safety tests
  • c.4.G – demonstrate the use of precision measuring instruments
  • c.5 – The student describes the factors that affect the progression of technology and the potential intended and unintended consequences of technological advances. The student is expected to:
  • c.5.B – describe how the development and use of technology influenced past events
  • c.6 – The student thinks critically and applies fundamental principles of system modeling and design to multiple design projects. The student is expected to:
  • c.6.D – use consistent units for all measurements and computations
  • c.8 – The student understands the opportunities and careers in fields related to electrical and mechanical systems. The student is expected to:
  • c.8.A – describe the applications of electrical and mechanical systems
  • c.8.B – describe career opportunities in electrical and mechanical systems
  • c.8.C – identify emerging trends in electrical and mechanical systems

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to define key terms relating to materials engineering.
  2. The student will be able to identify different types of motion by their characteristics.
  3. The student will be able to complete calculations to determine work, pressure, power and/or torque of a given system.
  4. The student will be able to identify key power systems on a given mechanical system.
  5. The student will be able to build a mechanical system to complete a given task.

Materials Needed:

  1. Pre-Test, Vocabulary Activity, Key Terms Shared Document, Lab 8.1
  2. Lab 8.2, FTC 12645 Robot, FTC 11242 Robot
  3. Lab 8.3
  4. Lab 8.4, LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Kits with Pre-Programmed Bricks

Description of Lesson:

Students will be introduced on the first day of the lesson to the start-of-unit activities and various types of motion (linear, rotary, reciprocating, and oscillating). Students will complete Lab 8.1 as homework that is due by 12-January-2018.

Students will be introduced to power systems. Students will identify the power system, transmission device(s), control device(s), and output device(s) on either the FTC 11242 or FTC 12645 competition robots.

Students will be introduced to the concepts of calculating work, pressure, power, and torque. Students will complete a series of calculations given set data and formulas.

Students will be assigned a task of creating a mouse-trap powered car. Students will only be given the mousetrap and must provide the rest of their supplies.


  • 09-Jan-2018
    • Daily Grade – Pre-Test
    • Daily Grade – Key Terms
    • Daily Grade – Vocabulary Activity
    • Minor Grade – Lab 8.1 (Due 12-Jan-2018)
  • 10-Jan-2018
    • Daily Grade – Lab 8.2
  • 11-Jan-2018
    • Daily Grade – Lab 8.3
  • 12-Jan-2018
    • Minor Grade – Lab 8.4 Problem Definition
  • 16-Jan-2018 to 19-Jan-2018
    • Major Grade – Lab 8.4 Full Solution

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