Project Lead the Way Engineering Grading Policy
In order to simplify grading as well as the understanding of how your final averages are generated I have devised a common grading policy that will be used for Design and Drawing for Productions, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, and Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Engineering Notebook 15%
Tests and Quizzes 25%
Every student will be required to keep an organized Engineering notebook. This notebook will be filled out in a specific way as described in the Engineering notebook guidelines.
Our Engineering program is project based. Students will be introduced to a topic through the use of a traditional notes/lecture method. Once the students have been introduced to each topic they will engage in a project that is designed to further their understanding of the topic.
While the students are being introduced to each topic as well as during the exploration of each topic the students will have the opportunity to ask questions and help each other. This participation is highly encouraged and will aide in their level of understanding. The highest level of learning is being able to teach the material to someone else who is struggling.
While the students work on their projects they will develop and practice their newly found understanding of each topic through the use of multiple activities.
Tests and quizzes, although rare, are the students opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of each topic. These tests will be structured to imitate our end of course assessment and therefore will help them practice for that exam.
Engineering Design and Development Grading Policy
Due to the fact that Engineering Design and Development is a class that is completely student progress driven the grading policy for this class is significantly different than any other Engineering class. The grading will be done as follows:
Engineering Notebook 50%
Group Meetings 10%
Every student will be required to keep an organized Engineering notebook. This notebook will be filled out in a specific way as described in the Engineering notebook guidelines. For the purposes of this class the notebook is 50% of the students final grade, the notebook must include daily entries throughout the entire school year with very few exceptions.
This class will follow the Design Process from start to finish just as an actual engineer would. Students will be be picking a problem towards the beginning of the school year and will see that problem through to a solution by the conclusion of the year. If you experience a significant problem on a regular basis please mention it to your student, they could solve this problem for you! Attacking such a wide range of problems could mean that the students will need to contact professionals outside of the school community. I will be explaining the details of this to them as that portion of the class arrives.
While the students are being directed through each step of the design process they will be forced to become familiar with topics that they have not been formally taught. Please help and encourage your student to FIGURE IT OUT, please do not give them answers or do work for them. Your assistance and participation in this process is highly encouraged and will aide in their level of understanding.
While the students work on their projects they will further develop and practice multiple skills that they have been taught up to this point.