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STEM Architecture and Construction


This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as the Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects, Project Planning, Site Planning, Building Design, and Project Documentation and Presentation.
Curriculum Link: Author: The STEM Academy

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The characteristics, scope, and core concepts of technology, the relationships among technologies and its connection to other fields of study, the effects of technology on the environment, the role of society in developing and using technology, and the influence of technology on history.
  • The attributes of design, engineering design, and the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Students will be able to:

  • Apply the design process, use and maintain technological products and systems, and assess the impact of products and systems.
  • Select and use energy and power technologies, information and communication technologies, transportation technologies, manufacturing technologies and construction technologies.

Description of Activities

  • Students will be introduced to Building Information Modeling, computer modeling, computer visualization, and GDL scripting.
  • Students will become familiar with publishing work, collaboration, construction coordination, calculations, sustainable design, Parametric Object Technology, Computer Aided Manufacturing, architectural precedents, bubble diagrams, diagrams for a dream home, drawing effective bubble diagrams, floor plans and standards, orientation of BIM, creating floors and roofs, placing doors, windows and skylights, creating terrain, creating stairs and modifying the model in 3D, creating furniture and interior elevations, creating documentation, photo rendering, creating layouts, publishing the project, designing a custom home, orientation of a project,
  • Students will experience creating masses and building structure, curtain walls and exterior openings, interior walls and openings, solid element operations, objects and terrain, zones, sections, elevations, dimensions, schedules, partial structure display, drawings, worksheets, 3D documents, and presentation images. Students will learn to execute and plan a construction project.
  • Students will practice architectural modeling of terrains, creating basic shapes using solid element operations, architectural modeling of structural grids, slanted and composite walls, roofs, special openings such as skylights and corner windows, stairs, using Trussmaker, and Roofmaker, and setting up a teamwork project.
  • Students will understand reserving and releasing elements, sending and receiving changes, communicating in a teamwork environment, saving 2D symbols from the floor plan, rotating auto-saved objects, adding material parameters to library parts, autosaving rectangular doors, non-rectangular windows and creating custom door panels.

Instructional Materials Needed

Teacher access to the internet assures access to all course materials and the Learning Management System. Much of the content is facilitated if students have access to web-enabled devices.

Instructional Materials Provided

objectives, teacher preparation, content outlines, learning activities, select equipment, recommended local consumables, case studies, resources, PowerPoints, and online assessments

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Additional criteria

Cost: Curriculum access unlimited per site. Project resources are provided to support the qualified number of students per class size. Contact The Stem Academy for cost estimates.

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject area: Career-Technical Education

States' Career Clusters: Architecture & Construction

California Industry sector(s): Engineering and Architecture; Building and Construction Trades

Duration: 180 course hours

Grade Target: 11

Level of Expertise for CTE: Concentration/Skill building

Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TRAINING REQUIRED. Other training available, including 4-day orientation training for instructors, career counselors and administrators. Summer 4-day Stem Instructor Training Boot Camp available for lead instructors. Online STEM Instructor Mentor Program also available.

Source: Organization/Publisher-developed

Organization/Publisher: STEM Academy

Usage Restrictions: Must contract with STEM Academy in order to use curriculum.

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