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Course Syllabus





Cedartown Middle School Campus

Instructor: Wes Astin

Program: Technological Systems

Rm: 220

School Telephone Number (770) 749-8850

Voice Mail 1220/email wastin@polk.k12.ga.us


8th Grade


Course Description:

This is a science and math based course that utilizes a Lego Educational based curriculum to help students explore and expand their knowledge of science and math concepts.  We will be utilizing Lego Educational building and design kits along with other data collection tools to build and experiment with many different scale models. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build and document their progress. Topics will include simple machines, mechanisms, structures, gears, renewable energy, pneumatics, powered machines, decision-making and critical thinking. Student will also be exposed to multiple lessons and applications related to real world problem solving and employability skills.

Learning Objectives:     


How to work and collaborate in groups and teams

How to design machines for specific activities and scenarios

How to utilize data collection tools and computations

Utilize Engineering and Design concepts

Design Build and Test models

Problem Solving and Employability Skills

Materials/ Resources Utilized:               

iPad, LEGO Educational Products, Measuring Equipment, Composition materials.

Grading Policy:

                        Labs and Projects = 50%

                        Assessments= 20%

                        Final Exam = 10%

                        Employability Skills: 20%



Class Policies/Rules:      

All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook will be enforced.

Students are expected to come to class, pay attention and stay on task during class. Student grades

Attendance will be reflected in participation. Unexcused absences will negatively affect the

employability grading. Students should respect classmates and equipment at all times.


Make-Up work Policy:

  For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks after progress reports are issued. Students may not make up work outside of the grading period  window once the time has passed.



Late Assignment Policy: Students are expected to participate in and complete all assignments on or before the required date issued by the instructor.  Due to the lab nature of the class missed assignments may not be made up. Assignments missed due to an excused absence will not be reflected in the students’ grade, however unexcused absences will be reflected in the final grade.


Homework Policy:

Students are required to complete homework and turn in the completed assignments when requested. Failure to turn in homework will result in a ten point deduction per day late in the grade.


Retest Policy:

Any student can retest one test per quarter provided that the student attends tutoring as directed by the teacher or drop their lowest test grade at the end of the semester. This excludes, but not limited to benchmark assessments, final exams, standardized tests (such as EOC Milestones, SLOs, EOPA, AP Exams, etc.), major projects and/or research that required an exorbitant amount of time in and outside the classroom (i.e. research paper).


Final Exam Exemption Policy:


Exam exemption policies must be approved by the superintendent each school year. Any and all exemption polices do not apply to EOCTs, AP exams or other PSD mandated examinations.

For 2018-19, students must have an 80 average or above with no more than 3 absences and no more than 3 unexcused tardies.