Welcome to Material Science Technology

    Class Syllabus for 2019-2020 School Year

    Syllabus for Material Science

                Welcome to Material Science!  Material Science students should actually be signing up for Material Science I & II, as this is designed as a full year course to explore, experiment, and create projects utilizing and learning about various categories of materials. The overall goal of this program is to learn about different materials and associated manufacturing processes, and explore careers that are connected to the materials we use in everyday life.


    Course Description: Material Science & Technology I (SCI371) Sem. 1   Credit: .5 (CTE/Occupational, Science Elective)   Grades: 9-12

    This is a STEM focused, project-based learning course. Students will work with Metals, Glass, & Ceramics, with some time spent with Polymers and Composites.  Students will design, build and test projects. An artistic blend to science. It is recommended that students sign up for both MST I and MST II.  Must pass Safety Test! Meets NCAA Core requirement.  Students should enroll in both MST I and MST II during the same year.   

    Material Science & Technology II (SCI372) Sem. 2   Credit: .5 (CTE/Occupational, Science Elective)  Grades: 9-12

    This is a STEM focused, project-based learning course. Includes a major emphasis on Composites, Polymers, & Plastics, with some time spent learning about Metals, Glass, & Ceramics. Students will design, build and test projects. An artistic blend to science. Prerequisite MST I (SCI371) or Instructor permission, including passing Safety Test. If not taken the same year as MST 1, remedial Safety Training & Testing may require extracurricular instruction and testing time. The bulk of Safety Training is done in MST 1, but Safety Testing is required each school year.  Students should enroll in both MST1 and MST 2 during the same year.  Meets NCAA Core requirement.

    The instruction modules include:

    Workplace Connections & Career Exploration

                    Preparing for College and Careers includes an understanding of the inputs required for an individual to be successfully prepared to enter college and start a career. Emphasis is placed on personal characteristics that can be developed to help ensure success in schooling and job endeavors. Candidates learn to properly evaluate self, career options, earning potential and schooling options to make informed decisions throughout life. Acquiring knowledge and skills needed to navigate life and perform in work environment, or employability skills, is emphasized.


                    Exploring the basics of elements and mixtures, atoms, molecules, crystal structures, blends and alloys. We will do many experiments and small projects while learning how something as simple as heating or freezing can totally change the properties of materials, and how minor variations on a material’s chemical composition can make a major change on it’s durability, plasticity, toxicity, etc. A fun and interesting way to learn!


                    In this module we explore the properties of metal, and metal fabrication. We explore and make our own alloys, and even make a project or two using metal. We learn about metallic bonds and how heat treating metal can make dramatic changes on how ductile or brittle a metal becomes. We learn about casting, forming and forging! This module will get you “fired up” about working with metal.


                    Exploring synthetic polymers and their chemistry is introduced in this module. Manufacturing processes utilizing polymers are demonstrated and used to create small projects. Concerns with recycling are emphasized along with the chemical changes brought about by cross-linking. Historical development and manufacturing processes are highlighted, and students will work hands-on casting and molding with polymers.



                    In this module the students learn that most ceramics are crystalline solids that have properties related to ionic or covalent bonds that hold them together. Students will explore and learn about the properties and structures of glass. A variety of processes used to manufacture glass and ceramics a studied and experienced while we do hands-on learning including a fused glass project and a Raku pottery project.


                    Types of composites are described and categorized. Strength-to-weight ratios are emphasized including strength measuring, testing, and altering. Wood and concrete are two traditional composites used to introduce many composites. An emphasis is placed fiber-reinforced composites including those made of graphite and Kevlar fibers. Also explored: wood as a natural composite, cement & concrete, and fiber reinforced polymers.

    Grading:   Grades in Material Science will come from several sources that will require a variety of skills to be

    demonstrated.  Letter grades will be assigned based on the standard grading scale for class at RRHS.



    Lab Participation:  Labs will be one of the primary ways to learn about the basic principles involved with Material Science.  Labs are done in class and are assigned points values based on how involved they are.  If extra time is needed to complete labs, students may come in during core/flex or lunch to complete them.  Most labs will have more than 1 class day dedicated to complete them. If you miss a lab for whatever reason, it is most likely that you will not be able to make it up. Once a lab that has been set up for 3 classes has been put away, and the materials involved consumed, it is done. Occasionally, an alternative assignment may be arranged as a make-up, but that is the exception not the norm, and this is at the discretion of your teacher.


    Daily Professionalism:  Each day, you will be graded on daily professionalism.  Daily professionalism covers attendance/tardies, in class behavior, and use of electronics.  You start with 1 daily point.  The point is lost for unexcused absences, tardies later than 10 minutes, unauthorized cell phone  or electronic device use, unauthorized computer use (games, random web surfing, etc.), and poor behavior.  Half a point will be lost for tardies 10 minutes or less. You may also earn negative points, for example the student arrives 11 minutes late and loses their 1 point. The student then proceeds to use their cell phone and a -1 point is recorded. Professionalism points are posted weekly, are an observed workplace performance grade, and are weighted as 15% of your total grade.


    Teamwork:  For team projects, you will use a teamwork rubric to evaluate the contributions and cooperation of your teammates.  As this is a Career and Technical Education Class, this component will be used to evaluate your ability to work as part of a team. Teamwork is also subject to peer review in addition to your teacher’s observation and evaluation.


    Quizzes:  Each unit will have a quiz that will cover the concepts learned in that unit.  Quizzes may be retaken if necessary, and the highest grade will always be the grade used.  Quizzes are open notebook which means a well-kept notebook will make for better results on the quizzes.


    Final Exam:  At the end of the semester there will be a comprehensive exam covering all of the material learned in the course.  It is open notebook as well.


    Assignments:  For some units, there will be assignments to help you gain more experience with the concepts and information provided in this class.  These assignments, usually assigned as homework, will be graded for completion, and can be made up in the case of excused absences only.


    Extra Credit:  This extra credit will be allowed based on extraordinary effort put towards the regular assignments. It is not a replacement for the regular assignments.




    You are expected to come each day, on time, and ready to learn.  You will need writing utensils, your notebook and your Chromebook daily. I am emphasizing CHROMEBOOKS!


    Follow safety procedures at all times.  We sometimes use tools and materials that can cause minor injuries if improperly handled, as well as soldering irons and torches that can achieve very high temperatures; it is critical that you remain focused on the task at hand when using any of these potential hazards.


    Cell phones and other, non-class related electronic devices, are to be kept away at all times, unless I have approved their use prior to them coming out.  As an extension of that policy, it is expected that you will refrain from wearing hats or hoodies for up to hide your ears and by extension, any ear buds or headphones. On the occasions where they are allowed (calculator function, taking a temporary picture of examples written on the board, etc) they will be used only as permitted and then put away again.  If you abuse cell phone use you will be warned once not to do it again.  After the first and only warning, you will begin losing daily professionalism points.  Work not done as a result of abusing cell phones or electronic devices will not be made up.


    You will have a Chromebook assigned to you.  You are responsible for ensuring that you use only the computer assigned to you.  You are also responsible for ensuring the laptop is stored properly, charged and ready to use for the class period.  Chromebooks are to be used in accordance with the districts computer use policy.  Abuse of the computers will result in you losing computer use for the duration of the period and work not done will need to be made up on your own time.  Repeated abuse of the computer will result in long term loss of computer privileges until you go through retraining on how to properly use it.


    Availability Outside of Class:


    I am available before school starting around 6:30 AM and after school normally until 3:00 PM. Somedays I do stay later, and somedays I have duties and commitments that take me elsewhere than my classroom. If you need to work with me after school, it is best to check with me earlier in the day to make sure I am available. Tuesdays and Thursdays normally have an activity bus available, so those days I tend to stay later.


    My e-mail is cschlegel@nthurston.k12.wa.us.  This is the best way to get a hold of me as I use it daily and usually respond within 24 hours.




    Please be fully aware that when the bell rings to begin class, you will be expected to be in the classroom and ready for class to begin. Since attendance is taken immediately at the beginning of class, your teacher should not be expected to interrupt the flow of the class period, go back and amend the attendance at whatever point you decide to walk in, just to accommodate your being tardy to class. Please understand that it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to put a written reminder on your teacher's desk, or in his hand, so he can make that adjustment when he has the attendance reopened for the next class. If you fail to do so, you can expect an "auto dialer" phone call home advising your parents that you were absent. It will be up to you to follow through and make arrangements to have that attendance corrected to a "Tardy" if you can successfully argue that I arrived within the first 10 minutes of class. If you are later than the first 10 minutes in arriving, understand that you will be marked as absent, and will remain on the record as absent for that period. Being Tardy or Absent may very well have a negative effect on your grade!

    BEING TARDY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! 3 times tardy will result in a phone call home to your parent or guardian. 5 times will result in an office referral, and 6 or more times tardy will automatically generate a report to the office from Skyward to our Dean of Students, and the progressive discipline policy will apply, as outlined in your student handbook! Absences or Tardies will also affect your participation grade, so just be here on time! We have too much fun in this class for you to miss a single moment! 

    Progress Reports

          River Ridge High School is on the Skyward System. This system allows you to check your student’s grades and attendance from any computer with internet access. Go to NTPS website (www.nthurston.k12.wa.us) and click on the “Our Schools” choice from the menu on the left. Scroll down to River Ridge and select the link. From the River Ridge Home page, you will find a link to Family Access. You can apply for a password from there. Contact the main office if you have any difficulty.

    Discipline Policy

          All behavioral guidelines set forth by the North Thurston Public Schools are in effect at all times. This includes the dress code. Hats and hoods need to be removed when entering the room. Food, drinks and gum are not allowed in class. Headphones, cell phones, I-Pods or any other electronic devices must be turned off and completely out of sight at all times during class. Students that are noncompliant with this policy will be referred to an administrator.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please detach and return this portion of the syllabus with parent/guardian and student signatures affixed or the parent/guardian may email the instructor affirming that you have read and discussed the syllabus with your student.

    STUDENT NAME: _______________________Semester: _________ Period(s): _________

                             (Please clearly PRINT student’s name above)


          This is your student’s first homework assignment for credit and is due no later than the 5th day of the class in which they are enrolled. We acknowledge that we have read the course syllabus and policy statement and agree to the terms and conditions set forth, as a prerequisite to the participation of the above named student in the Material Science Technology Program at River Ridge High School.

    Student Signature: _________________________________Date: ____________________


    Parent Signature: __________________________________Date: ____________________


Last Modified on September 2, 2019