PTISD Pirates
cody ellis

1st Period- Athletics

2nd Period-Planning

3rd Period-Engineering Design & Presentation I

4th Period-Engineering Design & Presentation I

5th Period-Engineering Design & Presentation I

C Lunch 12:50-1:20

6th Period- Engineering Design & Presentation II/ Problem Solving

7th Period-Conference

8th Period- Athletics


Cody Ellis, M.Ed., USAW, NASM-PES

Strength & Conditioning Director

Engineering Teacher


[email protected]

About Me

Coach Ellis is our Strength & Conditioning Director and is in his 14th year coaching at the High School and Collegiate level.  He holds a Master of Education in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler.  He is certified by the USAW as a Sports Performance Coach and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancing Specialist.  Coach Ellis is also Safe Sport Certified and has completed the USADA 2019 Coach’s Advantage Program.  This allows Coach Ellis to become 1 of 75 Strength Coaches in the State of Texas to be named in the directory for the United States of America Weightlifting. Coach Ellis is also a member of the National High School Strength Coaches Association.  He played baseball at Tyler Junior College and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  He returned to coach at Tyler Junior College after graduation from UAM and won a National Championship in 2007 as an assistant coach.  Ellis has been a Strength & Conditioning Director at Henderson ISD, Brownsboro ISD, and also Frankston ISD.  Coach Ellis and his wife Allison have a 11 year old daughter named Cadence and a 2 year old son  named Cannon. 

Google Classroom Update 3/19/2020

Please read this pdf attachment about google classroom from our school district.
It has links you can click on to read more about certain topics to help you in this transition period.  When signing up for google classroom make sure you login under your school student email account ( I have posted this same attachment on my google classrooms for each class.  I have a question posted on each class just as a check in to see who all is able to access the course this week.  The class codes below are for once you login to join your period that you have my class. 
Thank you for your patience, tell all students we miss them very much and please stay safe!
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5th Period Class Code: qlm4ilf
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Course Info.

Course Info

 3D Printing: Design

Design Solutions gives teams of students the opportunity to utilize 3-D design software to create small designs that may be printed using the classroom 3-D printers. Coach Ellis will present basic design information along with copyright and patent information. Students will gain experience using software tutorials provided by the software manufacturer. Hands-on design work will be supplemented with a Design Logbook. Students will be challenged with Problem of the Day activities to design or modify products that will increase in difficulty. At the end of the activities, each team of students will print their design solution and present their product to the class.

Upon completion of this activity, students will:

• Understand how an engineer moves a design from an idea to a 3-D object.

 • Understand how 3-D design software is used by product designers.

 • Understand the protection provided by a copyright, patent, and trademark.

 • Develop a solution to a given design problem.

 • Understand the role CAM software performs during the manufacturing process.

 • Understand one of the methods used for 3-D printing.


Course Info

3D Printing: Vehicle Engineering

Using the provided activity materials and a Dremel 3D Printer, students design a battery-powered vehicle. The activity is designed to be completed in teams. Students are guided through the design process by the Engineering Notebook. After students have completed this activity, they will understand how rapid prototyping is used by engineers to solve design problems in an iterative manner. An engineering challenge is an ideal way to wrap up a simple machines or mechanics unit with a hands-on design challenge.

After completing this activity, students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

 • Students will understand how an engineer takes an idea from paper to a 3-D printed prototype.

• Students will understand what CAD is and how it is used by engineers.

 • Students will understand what CAM is and how it is used by engineers.

• Students will develop a design solution using given design constraints.

• Students will evaluate competing conceptual design solutions using a decision matrix for decision making.

• Students will collect and interpret data gathered by physical experiments.

• Students will plan and execute an experiment.

• Students will use experimental data to compare and draw conclusions that lead to an improved design solution.

• Students will discuss the intended/unintended consequences of design changes.

• Students will apply the mathematical concept of ratios to improve their design solution.

• Students will understand the difference between the mass and weight of their vehicle.