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STEM General Fabrication Methods


This course is a general introduction to fabrication practices that every student should know and be able to do. Procedures and projects in this course are accessible to all students. The methods that will be introduced will be applicable to advanced courses and everyday home living. Students will become familiar with general tools and construction methods as they complete several simple projects.
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 manufacturing technologies and construction technologies.

Description of Activities

Students will develop an understanding of:
the fundamentals of lab work, sheet metal design, layout design in a project, metalworking techniques, material joinery, cutting, drilling and bonding operations, sizing and welding procedures, finishing and assembly processes, jigs and fixtures, wood techniques, sheet metal techniques, composite applications and large project assembly methods.

Culminating Activity and/or Assessment

Students will utilize techniques learned in class to create a prototype in a culminating learning experience during which students will:
State the project objective, research the limitations of the materials to be used, develop a “Plan for Procedure” for completing the project, demonstrate techniques for layout, utilize correct equipment for the procedures identified, demonstrate correct fastening procedures, assess the ability of the finished project to complete the objective, and evaluate how the materials and procedures used affected the outcome of the final project.

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: Manufacturing; Architecture & Construction

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

Duration: 180 clock hours

Grade Target: 10

Levels of Expertise for CTE: Concentration/Skill building, Introductory

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 have STEM Academy association in order to use.

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