Career and Technical Ed Curriculum
  STEM Advanced Electronics & Robotics

This course engages students in electricity and electronic experiments that focus on the application of scientific theories and mathematics principles.  Students solve problems using simple electrical devices and circuits and build electronic projects using DC and AC devices and circuits.

This course may assist the student in preparing for the following certification examinations, national assessments, or licensure examinations approved by the Virginia Board of Education:
• A+ Certification, 2006 Objectives (CompTIA)
• Basic Installer Examination, Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (Consumer Electronics Association)
• Certified Electronics Technician Associate (ETA)
• Computer Networking Fundamentals Assessment (NOCTI)
• Computer Repair Technology Assessment (NOCTI)
• Electronics Technology Assessment (NOCTI)
• Student Electronics Technician Certification, SET (ETA)
• Virginia Workplace Readiness Assessment (NOCTI) and IC3 Certification (Certiport)

Last Updated: 08/04/11 10:51 AM
Standard 1

Benchmark 1.001
Demonstrate Positive Work Ethic
Indicator 1.001.001
Demonstrate a positive work ethic

Benchmark 1.002
Demonstrate Integrity
Indicator 1.002.001
Demonstrate integrity

Benchmark 1.003
Demonstrate Teamwork Skills
Indicator 1.003.001
Demonstrate teamwork skills

Benchmark 1.004
Demonstrate Self-Representation Skills
Indicator 1.004.001
Demonstrate self-representation skills

Benchmark 1.005
Demonstrate Diversity Awareness
Indicator 1.005.001
Demonstrate diversity awareness

Benchmark 1.006
Demonstrate Conflict-Resolution Skills
Indicator 1.006.001
Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills

Benchmark 1.007
Demonstrate Creativity and Resourcefulness
Indicator 1.007.001
Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness
Standard 2

Benchmark 2.008
Demonstrate Effective Speaking and Listening Skills
Indicator 2.008.001
Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills

Benchmark 2.009
Demonstrate Effective Reading and Writing Skills
Indicator 2.009.001
Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills

Benchmark 2.010
Demonstrate Critical-Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Indicator 2.010.001
Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills

Benchmark 2.011
Demonstrate Healthy Behaviors and Safety Skills
Indicator 2.011.001
Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills

Benchmark 2.012
Demonstrate an Understanding of Workplace Organizations, Systems, etc.
Indicator 2.012.001
Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, etc.

Benchmark 2.013
Demonstrate Lifelong-Learning Skills
Indicator 2.013.001
Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills

Benchmark 2.014
Demonstrate Job Acquisition and Advancement Skills
Indicator 2.014.001
Demonstrate job acquisition and advancement skills

Benchmark 2.015
Demonstrate Time, Task, and Resource-Management Skills
Indicator 2.015.001
Demonstrate time, task, and resource-management skills

Benchmark 2.016
Demonstrate Job-Specific Mathematics Skills
Indicator 2.016.001
Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills

Benchmark 2.017
Demonstrate Customer-Service Skills
Indicator 2.017.001
Demonstrate customer-service skills
Standard 3

Benchmark 3.018
Demonstrate Proficiency with Technologies Common to an Occupation
Indicator 3.018.001
Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to an occupation

Benchmark 3.019
Demonstrate Information Technology Skills
Indicator 3.019.001
Demonstrate information technology skills

Benchmark 3.020
Demonstrate an Understanding of Internet Use and Security Issues
Indicator 3.020.001
Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues

Benchmark 3.021
Demonstrate Telecommunications Skills
Indicator 3.021.001
Demonstrate telecommunications skills
Standard 4

Benchmark 4.022
Examine Planning at Individual Business and Overall Industry Levels
Indicator 4.022.001
Examine planning at individual business and overall industry levels

Benchmark 4.023
Explain Management Methods
Indicator 4.023.001
Explain management methods

Benchmark 4.024
Examine Finance: Decisions, Raising Capital, Expansion, etc.
Indicator 4.024.001
Examine finance in regard to ongoing accounting and financial decision

Benchmark 4.025
Describe Technical and Production Skills for Production Techniques
Indicator 4.025.001
Describe technical and production skills for production techniques

Benchmark 4.026
Examine Underlying Principles of Technology
Indicator 4.026.001
Examine underlying principles of technology

Benchmark 4.027
Examine Labor Issues: Worker Rights, Labor Unions, etc.
Indicator 4.027.001
Examine labor issues: workers rights, labor unions, etc.

Benchmark 4.028
Describe Community Issues
Indicator 4.028.001
Describe community issues

Benchmark 4.029
Examine Concepts of Health, Safety and Environmental Issues
Indicator 4.029.001
Examine concepts of health, safety and environmental issues
Standard 5

Benchmark 5.030
Identify the Purposes and Goals of the Student Organization
Indicator 5.030.001
Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization

Benchmark 5.031
Explain the Benefits and Responsibilities of Organization Membership
Indicator 5.031.001
Explain the benefits and responsibilities of organization membership

Benchmark 5.031
Explain the Benefits and Responsibilities of Organization Membership
Indicator 5.031.001
Explain the benefits and responsibilities of organization membership

Benchmark 5.032
Demonstrate Leadership Skills Through Participation in Activities
Indicator 5.032.001
Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in activities

Benchmark 5.033
Identify Internet Safety Issues & Comply with Acceptable Use Standards
Indicator 5.033.001
Identify Internet safety issues & comply with acceptable use standards
Standard 6

Benchmark 6.034
Identify & Demonstrate Safety Rules, Safe Use of Machines & Equipment
Indicator 6.034.001
Explain the importance of safety in the laboratory & in the workplace
Indicator 6.034.002
Identify safety precautions to follow when using hand tools, etc.
Indicator 6.034.003
Identify safety precautions and responsibilities to be considered

Benchmark 6.035
Identify and Describe Atomic Structure and the Law of Charges
Indicator 6.035.001
Identify atomic structure used to manufacture conductors & insulators
Indicator 6.035.002
Define the vocabulary related to atomic structure
Indicator 6.035.003
Explain development of electrical properties: conductors & insulators
Indicator 6.035.004
Explain the manufacturing process for conductors and insulators
Indicator 6.035.005
Provide examples of conductor and insulator materials
Indicator 6.035.006
Explain the Law of Charges & its relationship to electron/current flow

Benchmark 6.036
Define and Describe Basic Electrical Terms
Indicator 6.036.001
Understand the importance of knowing basic electrical & and vocabulary
Indicator 6.036.002
Use resources to strengthen vocabulary
Indicator 6.036.003
Define electronics-specific terms

Benchmark 6.037
Describe Series-Parallel Circuits and Determine Their Current, etc.
Indicator 6.037.001
Explain the characteristics, etc. of resistive circuit configurations
Indicator 6.037.002
Determine the science and math concepts related to resistive circuits
Indicator 6.037.003
Use Ohm’s law & Watt’s law to find resistive circuit characteristics

Benchmark 6.038
Determine the Direction of Current Flow in DC Circuits and AC Circuits
Indicator 6.038.001
Define direct current and explain the characteristics of DC circuits
Indicator 6.038.002
Identify the voltage and power sources associated with DC circuits
Indicator 6.038.003
Recognize examples of direct current circuits and applications
Indicator 6.038.004
Determine which math concepts can be applied to understand DC currents
Indicator 6.038.005
Define alternate current & explain the characteristics of AC circuits
Indicator 6.038.006
Identify the voltage and power sources associated with AC circuits
Indicator 6.038.007
Recognize examples of alternating current circuits and applications
Indicator 6.038.008
Determine which math concepts can be applied to understand AC currents

Benchmark 6.039
Explain Methods of Generating Electricity
Indicator 6.039.001
Identify the methods used to generate electricity
Indicator 6.039.002
Determine which principles relate to the generation of electricity
Indicator 6.039.003
Evaluate the various methods to generate and use electricity
Indicator 6.039.004
Identify methods used to store, distribute and measure electricity
Indicator 6.039.005
Analyze the societal impacts of electricity production
Indicator 6.039.006
Identify emerging technologies used to optimize electricity production
Standard 7

Benchmark 7.040
Identify and Draw Electronics Symbols and Circuit Diagrams
Indicator 7.040.001
Draw and explain a schematic diagram
Indicator 7.040.002
Explain how schematic diagrams are used in the electronics industry
Indicator 7.040.003
Explain how schematic diagrams are used to construct, analyze circuits

Benchmark 7.041
Construct Simple Electronics Circuits From a Schematic Diagram
Indicator 7.041.001
Use various connecting methods to construct a circuit from a schematic
Indicator 7.041.002
Use computer simulations to construct a circuit from a schematic
Indicator 7.041.003
Explain the use of soldering techniques to construct circuits
Indicator 7.041.004
Outline manufacturing processes used for a large quantity of circuits

Benchmark 7.042
Identify Resistors Types and Their Values
Indicator 7.042.001
Identify types of resistors, their characteristics, applications, etc.
Indicator 7.042.002
Identify units of measure & labeling method for resistive components
Indicator 7.042.003
Explain the resistor color code and its uses
Indicator 7.042.004
Compare & contrast the characteristics of fixed and variable resistors
Indicator 7.042.005
Explain how test equipment is used to measure resistors
Indicator 7.042.006
Determine and measure a resistor’s power rating

Benchmark 7.043
Measure Circuit Values with a Multimeter
Indicator 7.043.001
Explain the purpose of a multimeter
Indicator 7.043.002
Compare analog & digital multimeters in use, accuracy, performance
Indicator 7.043.003
Compare the values of actual and virtual test equipment
Indicator 7.043.004
Explain how to use a multimeter to measure voltage and current

Benchmark 7.044
Verify Ohm's Law
Indicator 7.044.001
Explain Ohm’s Law and its mathematical relationships
Indicator 7.044.002
Understand how Ohm’s Law is used to evaluate circuit characteristics
Indicator 7.044.003
Identify the units of measure in Ohm’s Law and how they relate
Indicator 7.044.004
Recognize which circuit configurations do not apply Ohm’s Law

Benchmark 7.045
Analyze and Prove Linear Circuit Characteristics
Indicator 7.045.001
Mathematically analyze resistive circuit characteristics
Indicator 7.045.002
Explain how to evaluate complex resistive circuits without Ohm's Law
Indicator 7.045.003
Explain using computers to analyze resistive circuit characteristics
Indicator 7.045.004
Compare calculated/simulated/measured/actual circuit characteristics
Indicator 7.045.005
Explain how test equipment is used for resistive circuits
Indicator 7.045.006
Analyze the advantages/disadvantages/parameters for resistive circuits

Benchmark 7.046
Analyze and Measure Values in AC Circuits (RC, RL, RCL)
Indicator 7.046.001
Explain the characteristics, etc. of inductors and inductance
Indicator 7.046.002
Explain the characteristics, etc. of capacitors, capacitive circuits
Indicator 7.046.003
Determine which concepts are related to inductive, capacitive circuits
Indicator 7.046.004
Identify characteristics of inductive/capacitive reactance, impedance
Indicator 7.046.005
Explain the operation, calculation, measurement of complex AC circuits
Indicator 7.046.006
Recognize applications for the three types of reactance circuits
Indicator 7.046.007
Compare inductive reactive and capacitive reactive circuits
Indicator 7.046.008
Apply Ohm’s Law and Watt’s Law to reactive circuits
Indicator 7.046.009
Compare resistance, reactance, and impedance
Indicator 7.046.010
Explain how test equipment is used for calculated complex AC circuits
Indicator 7.046.011
Recognize applications for reactive circuits
Indicator 7.046.012
Analyze differences in reactive circuits in different configurations
Standard 8

Benchmark 8.047
Explain the Basic Characteristics of Amplifiers
Indicator 8.047.001
Identify the common components of amplifiers
Indicator 8.047.002
Explain the common uses of amplifiers

Benchmark 8.048
Design Common Amplifiers and Operational Amplifiers
Indicator 8.048.001
Examine common amplifiers and operational amplifiers
Indicator 8.048.002
Analyze characteristics of common amplifiers & operational amplifiers
Indicator 8.048.003
Construct common amplifiers and operational amplifiers

Benchmark 8.049
Construct Amplifier Circuits and Verify Characteristics
Indicator 8.049.001
Analyze amplifier circuits using test instruments
Standard 9

Benchmark 9.050
Explain the Operation of Basic Logic Circuits
Indicator 9.050.001
Identify the basic types and characteristics of logic gates
Indicator 9.050.002
Analyze differences between logic gates & their effects on operations

Benchmark 9.051
Construct a Working Combinational Logic Circuit Using Logic Gates
Indicator 9.051.001
Explain the characteristics of typical combinational logical circuits
Indicator 9.051.002
Explain characteristics: counters, registers, clocks, decoder circuits
Indicator 9.051.003
Compare how logic gates operate individually vs. as parts of systems
Indicator 9.051.004
Explain how to form a combinational logic circuit w/ basic logic gates

Benchmark 9.052
Explain Facts About Logic Gates
Indicator 9.052.001
Summarize the characteristics of logic gates
Indicator 9.052.002
Explain the operation of logic gates
Indicator 9.052.003
Identify applications of logic gates

Benchmark 9.053
Describe Semiconductor Atomic Structure and Construction Methods
Indicator 9.053.001
Describe atomic structure as it relates to semiconductor devices

Benchmark 9.054
Explain the Characteristics, etc. of Basic Semiconductor Devices
Indicator 9.054.001
Describe the characteristics of basic semiconductor devices
Indicator 9.054.002
Explain the operation of basic semiconductor devices
Indicator 9.054.003
Identify applications of basic semiconductor devices

Benchmark 9.055
Classify and Describe Integrated Circuits
Indicator 9.055.001
Classify the types of integrated circuits
Indicator 9.055.002
Describe integrated circuits

Benchmark 9.056
Demonstrate Analog/Digital or Digital/Analog Circuits
Indicator 9.056.001
Describe the characteristics of digital-to-analog conversion circuits
Indicator 9.056.002
Explain the operation of digital-to-analog conversion circuits
Indicator 9.056.003
Identify applications of digital-to-analog conversion circuits
Standard 10

Benchmark 10.057
Explain the Input, Process, and Output System Model
Indicator 10.057.001
Describe the characteristics a system model
Indicator 10.057.002
Explain the operation of a system model
Indicator 10.057.003
Identify the inputs, processes, and outputs of a system model

Benchmark 10.058
Describe the Purpose of a Microcontroller
Indicator 10.058.001
Identify usages of a microcontroller
Indicator 10.058.002
Explain the basic operations of a microcontroller

Benchmark 10.059
Describe the Purpose of a Programmable Logic Controller
Indicator 10.059.001
Identify usages of a programmable logic controller
Indicator 10.059.002
Explain the basic operations of a programmable logic controller

Benchmark 10.060
Interface Output Devices to a Computer, Microcontroller, etc.
Indicator 10.060.001
Identify inputs and outputs of devices to a computer, etc.
Indicator 10.060.002
Analyze pros & cons of interfacing output devices to a computer, etc.
Indicator 10.060.003
Explain the operation of devices as they are interfaced to a computer

Benchmark 10.061
Use Computer Technologies to Control a Robotic System
Indicator 10.061.001
Identify inputs and outputs of a robotic system
Indicator 10.061.002
Explain the operation of a robotic system

Benchmark 10.062
Plan, Design, and Construct an Automated System
Indicator 10.062.001
Identify elements of automated systems
Indicator 10.062.002
Analyze the model of an automated system
Indicator 10.062.003
Create a prototype of an automated system

Benchmark 10.063
Identify the Core Concepts of Technology
Indicator 10.063.001
Identify resources
Indicator 10.063.002
Evaluate design processes
Indicator 10.063.003
Explain areas of the designed world
Standard 11

Benchmark 11.064
Analyze Technological Systems
Indicator 11.064.001
Create a flow chart of a system
Indicator 11.064.002
Identify input, process, output, feedback

Benchmark 11.065
Explain Steps in a Design Process
Indicator 11.065.001
Identify elements in a design process
Indicator 11.065.002
Describe elements in a design process
Indicator 11.065.003
Apply elements in a design process

Benchmark 11.066
Analyze a Problem Which is Solved Using Computer/Electronic Controls
Indicator 11.066.001
Analyze the definition of control
Indicator 11.066.002
Identify the elements in computer or electronic control

Benchmark 11.067
Assess the Impact of a Technological System on Industry, Economy, etc.
Indicator 11.067.001
Hypothesize planned and unplanned impacts of a technology system
Indicator 11.067.002
Hypothesize positive and negative impacts of a technology system
Indicator 11.067.003
Document the impact of a technology system

Benchmark 11.068
Obtain Information on Computer- or Electronically-Controlled Options
Indicator 11.068.001
Identify problems that can be solved w/ computers or elec. controls
Indicator 11.068.002
Create system flowcharts of computer or elec. controls for problems

Benchmark 11.069
Design a Computer- or Electronics-Controlled Application
Indicator 11.069.001
Identify methods of applications to be used for solving a problem
Indicator 11.069.002
Organize processes for solving a problem
Indicator 11.069.003
Design flowcharts to be used for solving a problem

Benchmark 11.070
Construct and Control the Application with Computers or Electronics
Indicator 11.070.001
Identify applications with computers or electronics
Indicator 11.070.002
Design flowcharts of an application with computers or electronics
Indicator 11.070.003
Construct models of applications with computers or electronics

Benchmark 11.071
Present Information About the Application and Demonstrate the Controls
Indicator 11.071.001
Build an interface demonstrating how controls work
Indicator 11.071.002
Write a control program
Indicator 11.071.003
Test the functionality of the application
Indicator 11.071.004
Debug the program
Indicator 11.071.005
Make adjustments to the application

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