Engineers invent, design, and build things in order to solve problems and reach goals.  Usually, their original design is not perfect.  Engineers then work to make their designs more efficient, less expensive, and easier to use.  Often times, they will take ideas they find in nature and apply these structures to their designs.  Engineers sometimes find that by combining the best parts of other people's ideas, they can come up with the most effective solution to a problem.

      In this class, students will be designing and building their own inventions to reach a goal.  They will have certain criteria they must meet, and will be restricted by certain constraints in their designs.  They will have multiple opportunities to revise their designs, and will keep track of these changes in their online notebooks.

        The rubric shows what the expectations are for 8th graders in this class.  The first three rows (E-1, E-2, and E-3) are what is expected during the first semester, and student grades will reflect this.  During second semester, students will be held accountable for all six items on the rubric.

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"Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.”