Please note that this course is very dynamic so projects
are flexible and subject to change.
Year Long Endeavors (Each marking period)
(B)log Notebook (Or view as PDF)-
Students record what they learn from each of our guest speakers;
with special note of new concepts, how those concepts interrelate
and what the social value of various research is. . On a rotating
basis, students publish a blog entry that summarizes what each guest
blog is used as as resource for quizzes, tests, and projects.
Circles - (Or view as PDF).
The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it
consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the
world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
- Elizabeth Hardwick. In an effort to give students a passion for
reading, the book circle project empowers students to choose books
of their own interest and share them with the class, not as book
reports, but as interactive presentations that aim to bring the
value of the book to the entire class. A peer
assessment is used to encourage students to connect with their
Writing - (Or view as PDF)
Each marking period we will have two or more international guests
who share with us the culture, government, and economics of their
country of origin. We also will have several "stand alone"
economics lessons. Through these experiences, our students gain
a broader ability to interact with the international students and
professors they will undoubtedly meet in college. By learning about
the US system of economics, reviewing the US system of government,
and considering alternatives to the US systems, students are able
to reflect on their personal views as a participant in US government.
Students use this opportunity to improve their ability to write,
through an iterative, and peer-reviewed process.
GK12 Projects - We are exceptionally
grateful to be part of Rensselaer's NSF DAEE
program. The grant pairs a Rensselaer graduate student ("fellow")
with a high school classroom as an engineer in residence. It is
our expectation that our new fellow will continue bringing exciting,
knowledge and opportunities to our students, with special focus
on energy and the environment, as the grant requires. The fellow
works with the regular flow of our class, but is also expected tol
lead our students through 2- 3 stand alone, very hands on engineering
endeavors each marking period.
First Marking Period
(or view as PDF)- Each student
team will design a product that can be manufactured in quantity,
using Rensselaer's Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. The most appropriate
design will be selected by members of the Society of Manufacturing
Engineers. The selected product will then be produced by Rensselaer
students in the Advanced Manufacturing course the following fall.
In past years, SME has also generously given a scholarship to the
winning team members!
Solar Cells (or view as PDF)
- Students will work with Mr. Colwill to create solar cells and
to select appropriate modifications to make those cells more efficient.
Students will be assessed on their ability to understand and share
the details and context of this complex process.
Second Marking Period
Robotics -. Students work in pairs to economically design and
present a well-functioning robot, in response to a fictional "request
for proposal". (See PDF).
Solutions- Engineers solve problems! Students will work with
for Automated Technology and Systems to review real technical
challenges that were brought to the center by state wide businesses.
Students will work in teams to propose solutions and then compare
these solutions to those that the engineers and CATS developed.
This experience will be used to prepare students for a mentored
business plan competition. (See also PDF)
Chemical Engineering Project- Student teams will create brochures
to be shared with and evaluated by the Coxsackie Athens AP and/or
Honors biology classes. The brochures will illustrate and explain
current and emerging tehcnologies that answer the question, "How
is biochemical engineering expected to specifically impact the health
and quality of life your generation?" (See also PDF)
Third Marking Period
Alternative Energy Project
(Open draft as .docx
Students will display energy technology and policy posters at the
NY State Legilative Office Building
Mentored Project PLANNING - Students
will participate in a project where they are mentored by someone
in a STEM field. This will most likely be Rensselaer's Severino
Business Center High
School Business Plan competition, but there may be alternative
options for differently motivated students to participate in
a research or outreach project instead.
Fourth Marking Period
Lighting Engineering Research Center Outreach- Students learn
about smart lighting. Then each student prepares an outreach project
for local elementary,middle, or high school.
Mentored Project - Students will participate in
a project where they are mentored or in communcation with professionals
in their field. Students can choose between Rensselaer's Severino
Business Center High
School Business Plan competition, or an
individually mentored project.
Past projects that I hope to find the time to reignite:
Traffic Taming - Students will
work with Dr. Jeff Ban to investigate and improve traffic flow,
as part of civil engineering.
Nanofluidics - Students have
the opportunity to do authentic research with Dr. Borca-Tasciuc
Bursts - Students will create YouTube
videos that make cutting edge STEM research accessible to those
outside the fields.
Rube Goldberg - Students will
participate in a Rube
Goldberg showcase or competition with WSWHE
New Visions Engineering program and possibly other schools.