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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2014, High School Technology/Engineering

  Question 11: Open-Response  
A company specializes in manufacturing clothes made of delicate fabrics such as silk, lace, and nylon. The company owner is considering purchasing a robotic system that can be programmed to apply fasteners, such as buttons and snaps, to clothing items.
  1. Describe two benefits of using a robotic system to apply fasteners to clothing items manufactured by this company.
  2. Identify two reasons the owner of the company may not want to purchase a robotic system for the task of applying fasteners to clothing items. Explain your reasoning.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 The response demonstrates a thorough understanding of using a robotic system in the automation of manufacturing processes. The response clearly describes two benefits of using a robotic system to apply fasteners to clothing items. The response also correctly identifies and explains two reasons why the owners of the clothing manufacturing company may not want to purchase the robot for applying fasteners to the clothes.
4
3 The response demonstrates a general understanding of using robotics in the automation of manufacturing processes.
2 The response demonstrates a limited understanding of using robotics in the automation of manufacturing processes.
1 The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of using robotics in the automation of manufacturing processes.
0 The response is incorrect or contains some correct work that is irrelevant to the skill or concept being measured.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

High School Technology/Engineering

Question 11: Construction and Manufacturing
Question 23: Engineering Design
Question 33: Electrical and Communication Systems
Question 44: Electrical and Communication Systems
Question 45: Fluid and Thermal Systems

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Last Updated: August 25, 2015
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