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Technology Education Modules: Full Details

  Block CAD    Graphic Design   Model Rocketry  Mindstorms    Bridge Design     Web Design  


Block CAD


        Locate the Graphic Design Resources in the menu of this website.

        Browse the BMS and International Galleries for examples of Block CAD models

        Double click the red brick Block CAD icon located on the Windows desktop to run Block CAD

         Use the instructions found on help screen and/or in the Graphic Design Resources.

          Construct 3 types of virtual 3-D Lego models with Block CAD.  transport, building, and carnival ride. The 3rd model must include the use of the advanced toolbox

        Save the finished models in  "My Documents" folder

        Use the camera function of Block CAD to convert your models to a graphic format and modify it for display on the class website.

                                                    New  Download Block CAD for use at home. It's Free!




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                                                                New Pivot Gallery 


                                                 All Pivot movies created by  Blackhawk Middle School Tech Ed Lab students.



Friendly Game  

Magic Man

Samurai Wars



 B-Ballin'                               Knock- out


Tennis anyone?




Graphic Design



  • Obtain paper from the supply cabinet. Be sure to have a sharp pencil with a good eraser.
  • Decide on an original graphic to draw or search for one on Google.
  • After completing the first draft, darken it for best scan result.
  • Connect the scanner to the USB port on your computer.
  • Select Canon Scan Tools on the desktop and scan your drawing using the Savetab.
  • Configure for black and white image at 600dpi.
  • After the scan is complete, open the image by right clicking and selecting Microsoft Picture Manager.. 
  • Re-size the picture to "large web document" and save.
  • Finally, open your graphic file in Paint or Art Rage. Continue the process by adding details and color.
  • Save your final copy as a .jpg file.
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Model Rocketry


        Double click the "star" icon on the Windows desktop to run " Model Rocketry: In Search of Space." Work through all levels of this application.

        Locate the Model Rocketry Resources in the menu of this website.

        Click on Estes Model Rocketry 101 to interact with the Estes website.

        Follow the rocket icons on the bottom of each page until you have carefully studied all 8 pages.

        Using a separate page for each, neatly draw and label the 4 diagrams entitled

     Model Rocket Profile

Components of Typical Model Rocket

  Rocket Pre-flight Preparation

The Estes Igniter


         On the Estes website right hand menu, locate and read the entire section entitled "Facts About Estes Rocket Engines


        Begin construction on your Wizard rocket. Use the hot glue gun only while wearing protective gloves. Follow all directions in order to obtain best results.


        View the videos "Space Facts I and II


        Finish your model rocket using proper painting technique. Pack the recovery system on the same day of the launch. Prepare the engine and igniter under supervision of your teacher

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        Locate the Lego Mindstorms Resources in the menu of this website.

        Obtain a Mindstorm Lab. Check the inventory sheet to be sure all components are enclosed.

        Select the Mindstorms Quickstart Guide from the menu and read carefully to find out how to proceed.

        Double click the Robolab icon on the Windows desktop to run the Mindstorms Robolab application.

        Plug the IR tower into a USB port and test the connection.

        Be sure you have fresh batteries and a low light environment for best results.

        Locate and use a battery eliminator whenever programming to prolong the battery life of the RCX brick.

        Work through Levels 1-4 of the Pilot and Inventor modules. Demonstrate each activity to your instructor.  Feel free to modify any level with your own designs.

         Use the Resources provided in the menu for programming and construction hints.
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Bridge Design

        Locate the Bridge Building Resources in the menu of this website.

        Learn about actual bridges on the websites:"How Bridges Work", "Nova: Superbridge", and "Famous Bridges of the World.

        Familiarize yourself with aspects of bridge building by interacting with the West Point Bridge Designer tutorial found on our website menu.

         Construct and test a structurally sound virtual model bridge by double clicking the West Point Bridge Designer application from the Windows desktop and working through the program.

          View the Dr. Zoon Bridge Building video for a detailed tutorial on how to construct a model bridge. Use the pause button on the VCR whenever necessary.

         Locate the building caddy, timber cutter, wax paper and pins from the project cabinet. Check out an X-acto knife using your student ID.

         Use the green glue very sparingly and the timber cutter and X-acto knife with care. Always use a cutting mat.

         Design, build, and test your own balsa wood bridges using the resources provided and applying the concepts you've learned from the software, manual,  and video you've watched.

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Web Design


  •  Locate the Web Design Resources in the menu of this website.
  •  Use Microsoft FrontPage 2003 and Kidz Online to learn how to create an original website.
  • After logging in with the proper username and password, locate My Resources.
  • Stream these 9 video segments in order, making sure to practice each lesson as instructed, using a tiled screen as explained in #1.
  • Monitor Setup-1 Creating Tables-4 Cell Properties-7
    Intro to Interface-2 Add Text and Formatting-5 Insert Images-8
    Creating a Web-3 Digital Images-6 Add Internal and External Hyper links-9

Format pages, create tables, add hyperlinks, produce multimedia sequences,  and acquire original graphics using a digital camera and/or a   scanner.

  •  Be sure check with your instructor on the proper procedures for starting an empty web, naming the index page, inserting graphics and correctly structuring  and preserving your website.  
  • As stated on the BMS Tech Ed AUP,.." all text and graphic content must be submitted for prior approval to your instructor".
  • External links and HTML codes must also be approved.Check out this site for links to legal midi sound files.
  • With prior approval,be sure to set printer output to the Tech Ed Lab printer.
  • Apply for space on the Angelfire server and successfully publish your website to the Internet. (See instructor for details.)
  • Submit the url to your instructor to link your site on our menu of student websites.


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