PAE 23-Jan-2018 to 02-Feb-2018

Lesson/Unit Name:

Materials 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.F – conduct and present research on emerging and innovative technology
  • 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
    c.4 – The student uses appropriate tools and demonstrates safe work habits. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.C – recognize the classification of hazardous materials and wastes
  • c.4.D – dispose of hazardous materials and wastes appropriately
  • c.4.F –  describe the implications of negligent or improper maintenance
  • 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.A – describe how technology has affected individuals, societies, cultures, economies, and environments
  • c.5.C – describe how and why technology progresses
  • 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.B – identify the chemical, mechanical, and physical properties of engineering materials
  • c.6.D – use consistent units for all measurements and computations

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to identify different types of materials (metal, ceramic, polymer, composite, and other) by their characteristics.
  2. The student will be able to identify alternative materials for products to be composed of and the advantages and disadvantages of each proposed alternative.
  3. The student will be able to identify the various properties of different materials.
  4. The student will be able to demonstrate mastery of materials engineering concepts by developing a material concept to protect items in transport on a pallet.

Materials Needed:

  1. Pre-Test, Vocabulary Activity, Key Terms Shared Document, Lab 9.1
  2. Lab 9.2
  3. Lab 9.3, Various Materials for Testing/Observation
  4. Lab 9.4

Description of Lesson:

Students will be introduced on the first day of the lesson to the start-of-unit activities and various types of materials (metal, ceramic, polymer, composite, and other). Students will complete Lab 9.1 as homework that is due by 26-January-2018.

Students will be introduced to the concept that products can be made of alternative materials and there are advantages and disadvantages to all materials.

Students will be introduced to different properties of materials, such as physical, mechanical, electro-magnetic, chemical, thermal, and optical/acoustical. Students will research the properties for various given materials.

Students will be assigned a task of creating a lightweight material that can wrap products placed on a wooden transport pallet. The materials must be protected from the elements and must be held stable on the pallet. Students will present their ideas to the class at the conclusion of the project.


  • 23-Jan-2018
    • Daily Grade – Pre-Test
    • Daily Grade – Key Terms
    • Daily Grade – Vocabulary Activity
    • Minor Grade – Lab 9.1 (Due 26-Jan-2018)
  • 24-Jan-2018
    • Daily Grade – Lab 9.2
  • 25-Jan-2018
    • Daily Grade – Lab 9.3
  • 26-Jan-2018
    • Minor Grade – Lab 9.5 Problem Definition
  • 29-Jan-2018 to 02-Feb-2018
    • Major Grade – Lab 9.5 Full Solution

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