1) Tools in the workshop

These are the picture and list of all the tools we usually use in the workshop. Make sure you know the name of each of them, both in English and Spanish.
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Pictures of the most useful tools in the workshop with English and Spanish names:

2) Steps in a project

In this worksheet you will find some activities related to the steps to do a project and to build a wooden object:

3) Project 1: desk organizer + USB lamp


4) Project 2: vehicle using recycled materials

Some examples of vehicles:

5) Project 3 (mechanisms and structures): windmill, ferris wheel or draw bridge



Views of an object

Real life objects have three dimensions (height, width and depth), but when we draw them we can use only two (in the whiteboard, in our notebook). One way to solve it is to draw the object several times from different point of views, taking into account only two dimensions each time. That way we get the different views of the object: front, top and side (left or right) views.
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Let's try to draw six different pieces, shall we? Click hereand draw their views.

Homework - before 30/01/2015

The exercises in the file are mandatory and they must be finished before 30/01/2015. You can print the file and do the exercise in that page or draw the solutions directly in your notebook.

Homework - before 17/02/2015

The exercise in the file is mandatory and it must be finished before 17/02/2015. You can print the file and do the exercise in that page or answer it directly in your notebook

Let's practice the definitions.


1) Why do we use different materials to make different things?

2) Wood

We can classify wood in two groups, hardwood and softwood, depending on the tree it comes from. Here we have information about types of wood. More information at The Wood Database.

3) Metals

Here you can find information related to metals.


What Is Energy? This page helps you to understand this topic. See the differences between potential energy and kinetic energy and how energy can be changed from one form to another.

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America’s energy sources. Learn more about the US energies. "Primary energy sources take many forms, including nuclear energy, fossil energy -- like oil, coal and natural gas - and renewable sources like wind, solar and hydropower. These primary sources are converted to electricity, a secondary energy source, which flows through power lines and other transmission infrastructure to your home and business. Learn more about America’s energy sources: fossil, nuclear, renewables and electricity."

Kids and Energy. Here you can find information about energy. "Energy is Ability to do work. The energy can take a wide variety of forms - heat (thermal), light (radiant), mechanical, electrical, chemical, and nuclear energy. There are two types of energy - stored (potential) energy and working (kinetic) energy. "


Types of structures

In order to learn the most important types of structures, we are going to do this activity:
1. Watch the following pictures of very different objects:

2. Classify the pictures above in 7 different groups, according to the type of its structure. In each of the seven groups you have to put 5 pictures. (you can number the pictures from 1 to 35 so you can put 5 numbers in each group).
3. What is the most important characteristic in each group? Write a sentence explaining the similarities in the structures in each group.


The lever
Now watch the video and do the activities in this new WORKSHEET:

You will need this new video for questions in section D in the worksheet:

Here you have two web pages in which you can find information about levers. See levers 1 and levers 2.


The pulley
Now watch the video and do the activities in this new WORKSHEET:

Here you have web pages in which you can find information about pulleys. See pulley 1 and pulley 2.

The bicycle - Gears
Learn more about gears at this video and do the activities in this new WORKSHEET:

If you want to know more about bicycles, click on this link - parts of a bicycle.

How a mechanical watch works
Watch the video and answer the following questions:

  1. What are the five basic elements in a mechanical watch?
  2. What is the function of the mainspring?
  3. Which element transfers energy throughout the watch?
  4. What stops the wheels from spinning out of control?
  5. Where are the pallets located?
  6. Which element keeps the movement regular?
  7. Why is the time indicator important?

Time, Clocks, and Gears
Watch the video and answer the following questions:

  1. What controls the rate of rotation?
  2. Why is it important to have the weight?
  3. Why are both small and large gears needed?
  4. The minute hand must rotate at XXXXXX times the rate of the hour hand.

Gear and Wheels - Review activity
Click on this link and watch the video. Answer the following questions:
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  1. Teeth from the clockwise turning gear push XXXXXX on the teeth of the meshing gear on the right, causing it to turn counterclockwise.
  2. How can we measure the size of a gear?
  3. Give an example of a power source.
  4. Which gear turns faster—the driver gear or the driven gear? Why?
  5. Why is it important not to use more gears than necessary?
  6. What is the gear ratio for the compound gear train?
  7. Name 4 items that are made with wheels.

Here you have web pages in which you can find information about gears. See gear 1 and gear 2.


1) Introduction to electricity

Initial questions on electricity:

Some initial concepts and vocabulary (click on the image):

2) Basics of electicity

We start this very important unit with the BASICS OF ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS:
a) First, let's find out what atoms and electrons are and how they are related to electricity: Introduction to electricity - Atoms and electrons
b) Second, learn the historical origin of some important electrical concepts and words:

c) And finally, you will be able to design electrical circuits for very different applications when you learn the most important parts they usually have with this "fill in the blanks" activity: Basics of electricity and electrical circuits - FILL IN THE BLANKS
Correct the worksheet listening to this audio (thanks Cassandra!):

3) Practices: simulation of circuits with crocodile clips

  1. Save the document Practices with Crocodile Clips in your computer (and print it at home!!).
  2. Simulate the circuits in the previous document and answer the questions in your notebook/photocopies ((if you are using your notebook, you have to write down the question too).
  3. If you have to do some practices at home, you can use the program Yenka, instead of Crocodile Clips (you can download Yenka from this website)
(these practices are based on the ones made by Manuel Torres; check his blog for information about these practices and the program Crocodile Clips

4) Some activities

You will be asked to do these activities at home:

5) Symbols

Here you have some information - Electrical Symbols & Electronic Symbols
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Growing with Technology - Yasmin's Room
Click on Yasmin's Computer

This video explains how all the parts work together in a computer:

Here you have some questions for the Computer System Hardware & Software video:

The hardware in a computer - Practice: internal hardware in a computer:

American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) - Alphafet: uppercase letters A to Z