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Mr. Benshoof’s Remote Learning Civil Engineering 

Welcome to a new experience: Remote Civil Engineering & Architecture.  It’s certainly not ideal, but we’ll do the best we can to finish our class without being able to meet in person!  Here you’ll find all of the online resources that we’ll use to cover topics while we can’t meet together.  If these resources don’t work for you, you can also contact Lathrop high school (907-456-7794) and arrange to pick up paper assignments instead!

I’m here to help you out in any way I can.  Feel free to e-mail or join me for a video-chat anytime throughout the week.  I can help with our class, other classes your in, or if you just want to say hi!

 

E-MAIL               Zoom Details in your E-mail

 Complete the Week 4 Video Scavenger Hunt! 

WHAT IS REMOTE LEARNING?

Well, “Remote Learning” is what happens when we can’t meet together in school.  Instead of having regular class like we’re used to, some of us will be learning at home on computers, others will be learning at WiFi hotspots on our phones, and others will be learning using pencil and paper as we read about the topics and try out practice problems.

In short: Remote Learning means making sure that YOU continue to learn cool stuff no matter where you are!

There’s no doubt we’re in challenging times.  Make the most of your school time at home, take care of your family, and keep looking for fun ways to apply the digital electronics you know!

Mr. Benshoof is here and happy to help throughout the week.

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ZOOM MEETING

You can join Mr. Benshoof in a video call any day of the week!  We have optional “Virtual Classes” throughout the week based on what period you’re in:

First Period – MONDAYS 10:30-11:30

Second Period – WEDNESDAYS 10:30-11:30

Third Period – FRIDAYS 10:30-11:30

Fourth Period – MONDAYS 11:40-12:40

In addition, Mr. Benshoof has “Virtual Office Hours” on Zoom from 1-2pm on Mon, Wed, Fri and also from 10am – 2pm on Tues & Thurs.

Check your student e-mail for details about our Zoom meeting login!

Week 7 Remote Learning Tasks: May 11 - May 15

Welcome to the final week of remote learning for engineering, Spring 2020 edition! This week you need to:

  • Wrap up your individual project, or at least your current progress on it.  Haven’t started a project?  It’s not too late!  Have a cool idea of something fun and easy and get working!
  • Communicate your work with Mr. Benshoof!  Share what you’ve been working on via email, with pictures, video, or by Zoom.  Mr. Benshoof wants to compile stories of your ongoing engineering work from home for a “Virtual Remote Learning Engineering Showcase” at the end of the week.  So now’s the time to share what you’ve ben doing in some way!
  • Even though the school year ends Friday, check back to this website this coming weekend to see the virtual showcase!
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead? The work of an engineer never stops!  Keep going this summer by building, designing, and making cool things.  Want some help on your project?   Mr. Benshoof is always available by e-mail (even over the summer) to give you some advice or send cool new resources your way.  Thanks for all your hard work this last quarter, and keep engineering!

Week 6 Remote Learning Tasks: May 4 - May 8

Welcome to week 6 and a chance for your individual project! This week you need to:

  • Now, take some time to consider a new (and short) individual project!
  • This week is open to design and complete your own small engineering project from home.  You’ll need to start by identifying a cool thing to work on, making a simple plan for completion, and then working to make some progress.
  • If you can, take a few pictures or short video about your work as you go!
  • Want help organizing your ideas?  Use the attached planning sheet to guide your work!
  • Next week we’ll look at sharing your progress and what you’ve been working on
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead? Next weeek we’ll wrap up the semester by sharing what you’ve been working on in your at-home remote individual project.  Think about what kinds of pictures or video you might be able to share to let people see the cool thing you were working on.

Week 5 Remote Learning Tasks: April 27 - May 1

Welcome to a time for individual projects! Assuming you’ve finished up your recent commercial design project, then we can give ourselves some time to do something new and unique! This week you need to:

  • (You can use the attached assignment sheet to guide your work this week!)
  • Do some brainstorming about what your personal project could be.  Come up with at least 10 ideas for something fun. crafty, engineering-y that you could work on from home!
  • It’s okay if you want your project to be civil engineering/architecture related!  Maybe you want to design a new house or business – that’s taotally cool!  You know enough about it all to do exactly that.  If you want to do something new and didfferent, that’s okay too!
  • Make a plan for what steps you would need to go through to make your project cool and awesome over the next few weeks.
  • Let Mr. Benshoof know what your plan is and get started!  Try and make the first little bit of progress on your project in these next few days.
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Keep working on that project!  The more time and effort you can put into this project, the better it’ll be and the more proud you’ll be of the final result!

Week 4 Remote Learning Tasks: April 20 - April 24

This week you need to:

  • Let’s watch a couple new cool YouTube videos first… These are from “30×40” like last week’s, and they talk about some of the skills of a real life architect!  Watch this video and then also this one!
  • Last week you should have brainstormed the layout of your commercial space. Now it’s time to put those ideas into action!  Get some nice paper (the bigger the better… and graph paper would be helpful!). Then, draw out a to-scale diagram of what you would want your commerical building to look like!  Follow your bubble diagram and be sure to include all the details we’re used to including.
  • Send your first blueprint draft to Mr. Benshoof so he can check it out!
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Start work on a second draft of your commercial design! Next week we’ll wrap up this part of the design process with a second – more detailed – version of your blueprint!

Week 3 Remote Learning Tasks: April 13 - April 17

This week you need to:

  • Sign up for AirTable!  Air Table is like a fancy spreadsheet where we can collect comments, images, documents, and links easily.  It could be a cool tool to use as everyone starts to work on their own independent projects this week and next!
  • Let’s watch one cool YouTube video first… a design studio called “30×40” has an awesome architecture YouTube channel. let’s see what this architect does to be a productive architect from home!  Watch this video
  • Now it’s time to do some real brainstorming and thinking about a commercial space that you’d like to design and create.  Maybe you have a cool idea for a business you’d like to own and run?  Maybe you just think it’d be fun to think about a certain kind of business.  Whatever sounds most interesting to you is great!
  • Complete the Commercial Building Design assignment to start putting together your plan for a building!
  •  Upload your bubble diagram as a picture into the Air Table! OR E-mail your responses and ideas to Mr. Benshoof!
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Start deciding which type of business you’ll want to design.  Maybe it’s a cool graphic design studio, or a T-Shirt making headquarters, or even a skate shop.  Brainstorm what essential rooms/features would be necessary in your building, and what other features would be cool to have!

Week 2 Remote Learning Tasks: April 6 - April 10

This week you need to:

  • Sign up for AirTable!  Air Table is like a fancy spreadsheet where we can collect comments, images, documents, and links easily.  It could be a cool tool to use as everyone starts to work on their own independent projects this week and next!
  • Complete a Residential Diagram by making a careful diagram of where you live!  Your diagram should be well-done and meet the following criteria:
    • The drawing should be a top-down, 2D view of your home
    • The drawing should be larger than 6″ x 6″
    • The drawing should be to-scale
    • The drawing should show large furniture
    • The drawing should show the location of light switches
    • The drawing should show the location of wall outlets
    • The drawing should show doors and windows
  •  Upload your drawing as a picture into the Air Table!
  • Complete the Commercial Design Brainstorm by coming up with 10 cool ideas for types of businesses it would be fun to design.  Next week you’ll be starting the process of designing a building for a business – here we get to brainstorm possible business types.
     Enter yor 10 ideas in the Google Spreadsheet!
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Start deciding which type of business you’ll want to design.  Maybe it’s a cool graphic design studio, or a T-Shirt making headquarters, or even a skate shop.  Brainstorm what essential rooms/features would be necessary in your building, and what other features would be cool to have!

Week 1 Remote Learning Tasks: March 30 - April 3

 You don’t have to print any of these unless you want to.  They’re all designed to be vieed on a screen and then done either electronically or on scratch paper.

This week you need to:

  • Complete the Home Engineering Scavenger Hunt in Google Sheets!
     View the Assignment          Use The Google Sheet Link
  • Complete the Engineering Design Brainstorming Challenge!
     View the Assignment          Use The Google Sheet Link
  • Complete the Design Drawing Blueprint! Share it with Mr. Benshoof if you can! (e-mail, Google Docs, etc)
     View the Assignment
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Our semester will wrap up with a new commercial design – but you’ll be able to choose between drawing plans out by hand, using Revit (large but free education download), or Google Sketchup (free and web-based).   Think a little bit about which option might be best for you, and what kind of commercial building you’d like to work with!

CONTACT MR. BENSHOOF                          christopher.benshoof@k12northstar.org                       ZOOM (10am-2pm Daily): Check Your E-Mail!