Teaching and delivering the year 8 USB Light Project

The Year 8 USB Light Project Peg.

It is essential that teachers read through the scheme of work, and most importantly make their own exemplar USB Light  to demonstrate the making skills required.

 

By making an exemplar, the teacher is setting the standards of expected outcome for their class.

The teacher will work with the class for two hours every two weeks.

 

It is expected that by the end of the 8-week module students will have used tools and equipment to design and make their own USB Light to meet teacher expectations as well as producing various pieces of marked work.

Students will have been given the opportunity to respond to their teachers marking comments.

 

Students should always be reminded that

Engineering is the Practical Application of Mathematics, Science and Technology

 

Each lesson should start with an opportunity for students to apply Mathematics to a simple Engineering problem, or see how Science and Technology is used in Engineering.

Calculation of Area, accurate measurement, application of science, demonstrations of material properties, are all excellent ways to engage students at the start of a lesson.

Suggested delivery of the Project is as follows: -

 

Week
Starter
Suggested Lesson Content
Suggested Lesson Outcomes
1 Maths in Engineering Introduce course, workshops rules, pcsaengineers.uk, drawing board task, answer Year 8 Start of module Test questions, self-assessment. Understand Course

*Students self-assessment ( see below)

2 Maths in Engineering Write Design Brief, Begin Practical

Follow  http://pcsaengineers.uk/stage-by-stage-making-of-the-usb-light/

progress with USB light

 

3 Science in Engineering Write Design Specification

Practical

progress with USB light
4 Science in Engineering Task 3 Computer Aided Design Quality Drawings of Designs on CAD
5 Science in Engineering Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture Students produce drawings on 2D Design and Cut out card drilling templates on Laser Cutter
6 Maths in Engineering Practical

Soldering and drilling metal shades

Students have soldered and constructed Circuits
7 Maths in Engineering Practical

Forming metal shades, assembling USB lights

USB Light Completed ready to be evaluated in final lesson
8 Evaluating Designs Students set up display of all work completed for Photographs

Students complete evaluation/End of module test

YEAR 8 END OF MODULE TEST

Photographic Evidence of work

Students to take completed USB Light home to enjoy

*Student Self-assessment at start of module

Teachers can record the students own self-assessment score at the start of the module.

 

Students will understand that they will be assessed at end of module.

 

KS3 Engineering       USB Light project          Student start of module Self- Assessment

Students are given a set time to answer as many questions as they can

The Year 8 Assessment Task: Set up and use a drawing board

Students use simple criteria to self-assess

This is where they could be at end of year 11 if they continue with current level of work

  1. Write a sentence that clearly describes what you have draw?
  2. What tools have you used to produce the drawing?
  3. What size paper have you drawn on? What other sizes of paper could you draw on?
  4. What do you have to do to ensure that your drawing is accurate?
  5. What did you find difficult about using the drawing board?
  6. What types of line did you use to construct your drawing?
  7. How can you draw Horizontal lines using the Drawing board and tools?
  8. What other tools do engineers use to produce accurate drawings?
  9. What does the acronym CAD stand for?
Students can self-assess as a Level 1, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit or level 2 Distinction Student

Level 1 Pass

  • I can answer as many questions as I can using single words and sentences, or in discussion with my teacher.

  • I can talk about or write about what I have drawn.

  • I have been able to draw a picture.

  • With lots of help I can set up and use a drawing board to draw lines and shapes.  I can talk about what i did with my teacher.

Level 2 Pass

  • I can answer as many questions as I can using words and sentences.

  • I can talk about and write about what I have drawn and suggest an improvement.

  • With help I can set up and use a drawing board and use tools to produce a range of shapes, and say how I could improve my drawing.

Level 2 Merit

  • I can answer as many questions as I can using words and sentences and paragraphs.

  • I can talk about and write about what I have drawn and suggest improvements

  • With minimal help I can set up and use a drawing board and use tools to produce a range of accurate shapes. I could say how I would improve my drawing.

Level 2 Distinction

  • I can independently answer as many questions as I can using words, sentences,paragraphs and even labelled diagrams/sketches.

  • I can talk about and write about what I have drawn and suggest improvements, and alternatives ways of producing drawings.

  • I can independently set up and use a drawing board, and use the drawing tools to produce a range of dimensionally accurate shapes.

    I can say how I could improve and then do it.

    In others words I can learn from my mistakes to make progress.