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STEM Design for Manufacturing


Students who complete this course will engage in real world case studies and learning activities that focus on the manufacturing process. Students create portfolios of work electronically that are stored indefinitely on remote servers for their access. Students will learn the concepts necessary to develop their ideas into solutions, advance their technical experiences and improve their general outlook on life and their community.
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, as well as technology’s cultural, social, economic, and political effects.
  • 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 information and communication technologies, manufacturing technologies and construction technologies.

Description of Activities

  • Students will apply basic machining skills, CNC programming skills, and will be able to set up a CNC machine.
  • Students will perform mathematical calculations as needed for calculating speeds, feeds, program coordinates, angles, radii and tangent points.
  • Students will communicate and demonstrate an understanding of all symbols on a blueprint.
  • Students will inspect work for accuracy and precision, and will adhere to the standards of a safe working environment.

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: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Manufacturing

California Industry sector(s): Manufacturing and Product Development; Engineering and Architecture

Duration: 180 course hours

Grade Target: 10

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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