Transportation Systems

  •  Transportation Systems  

    The development of transportation systems throughout the world has a tremendous impact on the intellectual and economic growth of societies. Transportation systems allow people to move not only themselves, but also durable and nondurable goods in increasingly fast and efficient ways. This curriculum guide explores transportation systems from three perspectives: land transportation, water transportation, and air transportation. Students will develop engineering and design skills by participating in a series of problem-solving activities and contests throughout the course. Each area of Transportation is studied along with occupations in Transportation. Activities may include sailboats, a flotation contest, rocket design and launch, electric planes, vehicle safety, airlev/maglev cars, and CO2 vehicles.


    Course Goals / Objectives:

    By the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate their problem solving abilities throughout the technological design process

    2. Safely and properly be able to use machines located in lab

    3. Understand energy and power

    4. Define and explain 3 types of transportation systems

    5. Examine and evaluate existing modes of transportation.


    Course Outline: (20 Weeks) 

    • Lab Safety
    • Energy, power, transportation technologies
    • Introduction to Transportation Systems
    • Vehicular Systems
    • Land Transportation Systems
    • Water Transportation Systems
    • Air Transportation Systems

    Materials Needed:

    • Folder
    • Mechanical Pencil (regular wooden pencils are fine – mechanical works better)
    • Notebook

    Grading Policy:

    students are given every opportunity to make up their work; therefore, no exceptions will be made and the student will receive a zero once the final deadline has passed.  If anyone is caught cheating or plagiarizing they will receive a zero on the project, and it may result in disciplinary action. 


    Every grade in this class is worth 100 points. 

    Each design challenge (project) is typically made up of six grades:

    • Brainstorming sketches – Used at the beginning of a project to help students generate ideas
    • Conclusion Questions – An assessment at the end of every project to determine what the student has learned
    • Process – (Rubric) Based on how the student went about solving the given design challenge
    • Project Performance – (Rubric) Based on how well the final design performed
    • Construction – (Rubric) Based on a rubric of how well the project was built
    • Peer-Evaluations – Each student will earn a grade based on their contribution to the team project
    • Class Participation – Students will receive grades based on their attendance and active participation within the class

    General Student Expectations

    • All school policies in the Code of Conduct will be followed and enforced at all times.
    • Come prepared and be on time. (Pencil, folder, notebook, etc.)
    • Participate in classroom discussions in a positive manner.  Be polite.
    • Safety First. Follow and use the lab and classroom rules. – This lab will have machinery all students must pass safety procedures showing knowledge and how to use machinery properly, sign off on safety rules, and complete safety review.
    • Students are not permitted to access the storage areas without instructor permission.
    • Attending class is absolutely crucial since the materials lab is only of open for a certain amount time during the day and it will be very easy to fall behind if class is missed consistently.  Checking for missed assignments is your responsibility.
    • Yes, we all know that electronics are allowed in school, but their use in the classroom is by the teacher’s discretion.  There is no reason why your phone should be out during instructional time.  There will be times where you will need to use your phone to take pictures to document your projects.
    • Students are expected to stay in the classroom during class time and are especially expected to remain seated.  If you should need to use the restroom a hall pass must be given by the instructor. Do not abuse bathroom privileges

    The five-minute bell signals clean-up, all students are required to help clean-up.  No students will be allowed to leave until the teacher dismisses the class.