Mr. Kornfeld's

Hands on Tech

Course Syllabus


Product Analysis Reviews: 100 points (2 per month) Students will have 2 weeks to explore one STEM toy, and create a product review either on paper or by creating a video to share. This can be done individually or with a group of 2-4 students.  These reviews will be submitted on Google Classroom.


Design Challenges: 50 points (1 per month) Students will be asked to compete in a design challenge and reflect on their ability to be successful within the constraints.


​Interactive Sketch Notes: 50 points (1 per qtr) Students will record, draw, and reflect on their process of design to show what they are learning on a daily basis. 

Presentations: 50 points: (1 per month) Every month each student must choose one their products they worked on and present their findings to the class.  Teach the group what can be done, what they discovered, and help others get off to a faster start.

Grading Scheme:


100-90% = A          89-80% = B          79-70% = C          69-60% = D          <59% =​F


Course Description:

Students will explore Hands on Tech by un-boxing, exploring, diving deeper, and creating a product review to teach others what can be done with the STEM kit explored. Before a student is able to explore a new kit, they must create an in-depth product review for the one they choose. 

Class Policies:


  1. Follow directions quickly

  2. Raise your hand for permission to speak or leave your seat

  3. Make smart choices

  4. Keep your dear teacher happy


Class Expectations:


  • Be RESPECTFUL of ALL people and property.

  • Be PRODUCTIVE and EFFICIENT with your time.

  • Be HELPFUL to yourself and those around you.

  • Be in class ON TIME, in your seat, prepared with materials, and ready to actively engage.

  • Be SAFE at all times.

  • Be PRESENT in the classroom and leave all outside drama, concerns, and problems for future you to deal with later.


Class Materials:


Provided, but recommended to have your own:

  • composition books, pencils, coloring pencils, highlighter, glue sticks, pencil sharpener (with shaving collector), and eraser. 

Graded Work:


All work must be titled and contain their full name, date, and period.  Points will be deducted if the work is not complete.  All homework should be completed through Google Classroom.  Please check the rubrics for each assignment found both in Google Class and on this website.  

Late Work:


​Since all work can be turned in online and students will have 2 weeks to complete each assignment, there should be no need for late work to be accepted.  However, I will accept any and all late work up to 1 week after the assignment is due for half credit. After that, the student can submit late work but it will only be worth 1 point and a high five for completion.  

Enrichment Opportunities:


At any time in the year, up to 1 week before grades are due, students may complete a science activity out of the classroom and submit a 1-page response teaching me what they learned.  This activity could be going to a hands on science museum (staple receipt), creating a lab, or watching an hour long Netflix show.  To submit a response they can type up their learning, create a graphics notes sketch page, or create a YouTube video teaching me what they learned. 

Academic Integrity Policy:


Students are expected to do their own work. This includes classwork and homework. Just copying 1 answer is still cheating, as is using another’s words without citation. Copied work will be confiscated; you and the student you are copying from will receive a 0. Please review Academic Integrity section of the student handbook.

Sign for Consent:


Once you and your parents/guardians have read the Syllabus closely and understand the terms, please sign by filling out the google form below.  


NOTE: All Google assignments must be completed under your school email address.  Please sign into google to access the link below.

please sign together. 
Access codes to Google Class are written on the paper Syllabus*

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