Teacher: Derrel Fincher
2003-0004 School Year
Invent and Engineer is a one semester elective course offered by ASIJ Middle
School to seventh and eighth grade students. The primary goal of the course is for
students to realize that they have the power to create and build new ideas;
that invention is not something somebody else does, but something they can do.
This goal will be reached through a combination of theoretical and hands-on work,
and they will have the opportunity to work as a team and have the opportunity to
work on basic electrical and mechanical devices.
Teamwork and team processes: Students will be introduced to and practice
effective methods of working within teams, including how to lead a meeting, critique
others’ ideas, reach consensus, and brainstorm.
Creativity: Students will learn and practice various methods for improving
Skills: When applicable, skills will be taught to the students. Such skills
may include soldering, assembling mechanical and electronic parts, disassembling
Students will be expected to write a short reflection of what they have learned
and how they are doing at the end of every third class. Completing each Tri-class
Reflection is a requirement for the course.
Techniques taught in the course will be adapted from professional publications
as well as come from materials developed for students. When necessary, students
will be expected to research background information in the library as well as on
Evaluation will be based on projects and class participation. The projects are
a significant part of the grade and these will be evaluated on the processes the
student uses to create them (with a heavy emphasis on planning first), the thought
put into the project, and the final product. When a project is a group effort, students
will also be assessed on how well they work with the other members of the group.
The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. In order to pass, all assignments must
be attempted and all written work must be completed.
Procedures and Policies
Class time occasionally may not be sufficient for completing the work in the
class and it will be assigned for completion by the next class, but the time required
should not ordinarily exceed 30 minutes between two class sessions. This course
is offered on a Pass/Fail basis, with the majority of the assessment coming from
teamwork (when in team projects), staying on task, following assignment guidelines.
Plenty of time is given at the end of class for cleaning up the work and all students
are expected to help with the clean-up. The focus is on process rather than final
result since many of the projects are open-ended. Students may contact me at school
or at home.
Specific Expectations of Accountability
Students are expected to follow safety guidelines at all times. Students are
also expected to provide positive support to their classmates’ and groups’ efforts,
for using their time productively during class.
Please feel free to call or E-mail me about any concerns you or your middle schooler
may have. I encourage students to call at night before 9 o’clock if they have questions
about any homework assignment.
0422-34-5300 ext. 422
042-362-4314 (before 9 p.m.)