Unit 1: Grade 11/12 Technological Design - Robotics - Careers and Safety


Welcome to the the Technological Design - Robotics course. This course provides students with opportunities to apply the principles of technological design to challenges in communications, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, architecture, industrial and consumer products, health and safety equipment, and environmental services. Students will identify user needs, estimate labour and material costs, analyze material characteristics, and illustrate design solutions, using traditional and computer-based methods. They will also acquire the basic design skills required for post-secondary studies in engineering manufacturing, architecture, and construction. Focus will support FIRST robotics and the Robo program here at Western. The course will be 18 weeks in duration with your final mark made up of a 70% term and 30% culminating mark.

Course Units and Descriptions
Unit Description
Review course outline for more details
1 Careers & Safety - Intro, computers, organization, and research career
2 Engineering Communication - Technical sketching, ortho-ISO, custom ortho, and robot design
3 Structure and Materials - Materials & measurement,  joints, frame, and 3D model
4 Driven Mechanisms - Gears, gearbox  to wheel, drive train, and 1st function
5 Functions and Integration - Body base, pneumatics, 2nd  and 3rd function
6 Robot Assembly- Robot build, function supports, drawings and presenting
7 Marketing and Portfolio - Web authoring, portfolio and presentation
Unit Activity Breakdown Format

You will notice each unit activity below is broken down into five subtopic using SPICE, to guide and help you through the project and assignments related to the unit activity:

  1. Situation - This is the introduction, big picture, or you can think of it as the setting of story/novel
  2. Problem/Challenge - What must be resolved or completed, i.e. what you will need to accomplish
  3. Investigation/Ideas - includes gathering ideas, research and organizing information to help create, construct, and/or complete the Problem/Challenge
  4. Create/Construct - take your best idea and complete and/or build the needed solution
  5. Evaluation - did the Problem/Challenge above get resolved and/or completed

This unit will introduce you to the course, class routines, safety, expectations, organization, and realated careers.

Unit Content Activity Quick Links, Click to Jump to Specific Activity!
  1. Unit 1, Act. 1: Organization, Safety and Related Careers
  2. Unit 1, Act. 2: Related Career

- TOP - Unit 1, Act. 1: Organization, Safety and Related Careers next


Students are starting a new course in Technological Design and will be introduced to the course, given some organization and support documents, and safety awareness.



Getting familiar with what the course is all about, class routines, expectations of the course and the teacher, general administration of class, appropriate use of computers, software, file saving standards and organization, and general safety are all important issues to know and understand to get the most out of this course. This activity will allow students the opportunity to organize and prepare for course work, understand expectations, evaluation, marks, routine, and student responsibilities for optimal leaning and allow classes to run smoothly.



The following is list of items that are to be reviewed by students to understand what is going on in this course:

  • Course Details
  • General Safety
  • Detailed Safety Issues
  • Shop/room Layout
  • Room Resources
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Expectations
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Class Policies
  • Routines
  • Journals
  • Attendance & Lates

It is important that students feel comfortable with the above points and should know what is happening in the course.


Start by organizing your supplies and materials for taking and storing your notes and assignments. Review the course outline and class routine, write down any questions you have about the course, requirements, or responsibilities you need to be clear on. The following list of links are details that students are to review, after going over them in class:

  1. PDF Technological Design course outline
  2. PDF Introduction to Technical Classes
  3. PDF General Lab Safety Presentation
  4. PDF General Safety Contract
  5. PDF Course Achievement Breakdown
  6. PDF Learning skills work habits
  7. PDF Evaluation and Tips Breakdown
  8. PDF Foreperson Responsibilities
  9. PDF Peer Evaluation Process
  10. Moodle Log-in Process

Tech Info Page

One of the first things in class we do is review the PDF Introduction to Technical Classes, point number three above which gives you a great overview of the course operation. The top section of the page has ten blank boxes to be filled in with the important things we will cover in this course. You will find this information by reviewing the course outline and listening to the teacher discussing what is happening in the course. The bottom section will also need to be filled out with two in-class peer partners for contact information and support with-in the class to help foster team support. collaboration, and responsibility.

Important Information, Routine Details, and Support

To help everyone understand daily routines, expectations, student responsibilities there are some steps that you must be aware of, that we will discuss in detail such as:

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Paper Hand-in Bin

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Resource Binder

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Current Events

  • Class schedule day 1/2 (Wed - late start)
  • School/room map layout (tour)
  • Late arrival process and class entry
  • Pre-project preparation
  • Paperwork hand-in bin
  • Class share resource table
  • Extra handouts & digital copies
  • Daily current events board
  • Supply teacher respect and learning
  • Due date - beginning of class
  • Leaving the room - process (ex. - washroom)
  • Class Sign-out resource binder
  • Seating - support, proximity, and behavior
  • Partners, groups, and leaders - collaboration
  • Late/missed class lesson/work responsibilities
  • Clean up process - yours and others
  • Contact process - e-mail
  • Extra support/help options
  • Extra stations with SolidWorks
  • Don't know, or not sure? ... ask!

USB Memory Stick, Files, Folders and Shortcuts

Next it is highly recommenced that you get a USB memory stick, for saving your work on to. It does not have to be large, 2 Gig is plenty of room. You will need to follow instructions on the tech info page to create three shortcuts inside a main folder named with your course code, and a sub-folder named Shortcuts:

  • Pick-up Folder
  • Drop-off Folder
  • Web Course Main Page
  • Web Course Details Page
  • Web Course Journal Page
  • Web Course Marks Page

To keep your electronic work for this course organized, you will need to create more folders for future projects as you continue with the course. The intent is to work off of your USB in school and save to your H: drive when you are finished at the end of class as a back-up process. This way you can take your work with you and work elsewhere if needed and it is usually faster to access a flash drive then the board network.

File Naming Conventions and Shortcut Demonstration

To finish you will need to use all three shortcut links in an exercise called "shortcut-demo" and copy and paste the correct shortcut addresses to demonstrate you have done this correctly.

shortcut test
  1. Using your newly created shortcuts, go to the pick-up folder and get a file called "shortcut-demo"
  2. Save the text file to your shortcuts folder (probably a good time to review file naming conventions again and save it right away with the correct file name, and then open it up
  3. You need to type your name in, using the same format you would when writing your name on paperwork handed in
  4. For the shortcut addresses, right click and click on properties, then copy the shortcut link address and paste it into the text file in the appropriate location and do the same for the other two
  5. Next right click on your web site shortcut link, and click on properties, then the General tab to copy the location where you saved this shortcut link to "Franzens-web-site" which should be your USB Flash drive and then add the actual shortcut file name and correct file extension (more here on File extensions)
  6. Do the same steps as in previous, but now for where you backed up your digital work. Again, it is recommended you use your H drive
  7. Go to the Tech info page on the site and open up the PDF file and copy the section called "Organizing and saving your work" that explains about file naming conventions and paste below
  8. If you did not re-name your file according the file naming convention instructions you just copied, then do that now, then either copy and paste or drag and drop the text file you just finished onto the shortcut Drop-off, to submit for marking

Ensure your work is saved first on your USB, then drag and drop onto the Drop-off folder shortcut. As you don't have access to this folder, drag and drop one more time, you should get a message saying the file is already there, confirming you were successful and the file is handed in. Note: trying to save your work directly will result in your file not being saved and not handed in as students do not have editing privileges inside the Drop-off folder.


Although these are not heavily weighted, they are important project assignments that will benefit you throughout the rest of this course.

Evaluation Breakdown Component Descriptions Marks
Always double check that you have completed all components for full marks.
Survey - Answer all 8 questions fully 16
Course Outline Signed - Reviewed, contact info highlighted, & signed 5
Tech Info - Filled out with weight %, 10 course components, and two peer contacts 14
General Safety - Class reviewed, read, highlighted & signed 5
Shortcut Test - 3 shortcuts done, folders, file named correctly 15

If you feel comfortable that you know all the details of the class/course details, you are ready to move on to the next activity. Be prepared to be able to write a quiz on the above details.

- TOP - Unit 1, Act. 2: Related Career


You are new to this field area, unfamiliar with possible career directions that this may offer and what steps may be taken to go into a related field.


Select an related career field that you may be interested in and research it to present in the form of a two page detailed document or a presentation 6 to 10 slides in length. The career selected must show a title, sub titles, key information in different forms such as text, charts, maps, illustrations, and/or images. Images and/or charts should be no more than 50% of page and information must include the following:

  • Job title, general description, responsibilities, and salary/wage levels
  • Related skills, interests and values
  • Schooling, preparation and requirements
  • Future forecast/outlook of field area
  • Your resources and where to go for further support

Additional challenge for seniors is to take last years engineering career project and condense/summarize. Then additionally show a process of planed practical/realistic steps you would take from High School (now) to get to your goal career discipline/career position by showing:

  • Planning and time-line showing major steps (Gantt chart)
  • Major steps you would take
  • Budget plan, financial support, accommodations, and food
  • Other considerations and possible options

In other words, you are going to share all your ideas and plans on how you will get to your destination career postion starting from right now.



The first task involves selecting a related field in Technological Design that you may feel interested in and researching details about that area. If you are having trouble deciding on which trade, you could try an Online Employability Skill an Attitude Quiz to help you decide which field might be best suited to look into. Below are some great resource links to assist with finding more information in a career field in Technological Design that you may be interested in.:

Construction Career

Choosing a career as a student can be very difficult when you don't have enough information to make the right decision. Although a Word document will be sufficient, the Prezi presentation online tool is a great show and create some really interesting and dynamic presentations. This Prezi I made up, has a lot of the questions student may have, not just on Engineering, but also steps students can take in High School to help them make the right decision on their career direction. View the Prezi presentation here.

Prezi Related Career Videos to View


Sample Career Page Research Report

Sample Career Report PDF and DOC Files

Choose a Technological Design related career, using the sign-up sheet for it. Create a career information source using the PDF handout guide. The source may be as simple as a word doc using a maximum of 1 page both-sides to include text, possible illustration/pictures, and chart/table showing key details of your interested technology/robotics related career. To the left is a sample PDF and if you want it in DOC format just click on it. If you decide to create a Prezi, Slide Share, Mind Map or similar ensure that you have covered the requirements.


Strongly suggest students start your research by coping the requirement sub-topics to a Word document, separate each as headers, then add your researched information below each of the header sub-topics along with source links. Once you have finished accumulating all support information on each of the headers sub-topics, create your presentation with a template/format that will accommodate, a header footer, key points, and a supporting image for each slide approximately 50/50 ratio. The key points must be large enough, have high contrast to background in order to see, give details of each sub-topic, and the presenter must be prepared to discuss further details during presentation (detail talking points kept separate). Presentation to be approximately 10 slides with about 30 seconds per slide on average to cover the 4-5 min presentation time length. Check out 20 Great Examples of PowerPoint Presentation Design, 108 Best Presentation Ideas, Design Tips & Examples for ideas and best practices plus futher tips can be found here.

Submit your file or shortcut link to (remember to make sure it is a public share link so everyone can see it) your career presentation in the hand-in folder on or before the due date with standard file naming, ex: tdj_career-eng-mechanical_j-doe.xxx. It will be transfered to the pick-up folder to share with everyone in the class on the due date, and used for presentation.

Prior to presentation, use the self and peer evaluation table to double check that you have all required information. 2 marks will usually represent at least 4 points of unique in-depth related topic information, so ensure this is the case, then you will need to work on presentation to the class, keeping time between 4-5 minutes and about 2-3 minutes of questions/discussions at most if needed.



Ensure that you have completed all requirements, included related pictures, and lots of related resources. see PDF handout guide for breakdown of marks, self and peer evaluation to be done at the time of presentation and handed in day of presentation. Also, you can check out these PDF 2 self, peer, and teacher evaluation samlpe sheets.

Evaluation Breakdown Component Descriptions Marks
Always double check that you have completed all components for full marks.
Content - Included all required information and resources 20
Layout - Organized, visually appealing, and easy to read 15
Presentation - Content, communication, knowledge, and time 15
Self and Peer Evaluation - based on report information. 10