Technology & Engineering Education

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    751 – Inventions and Innovations

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)- highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course covers aspects of contemporary industrial engineering in a research and development setting. Through the use of computer 3-D solids creation, students will create production quality prototypes (PQP) through innovative methods. Students will utilize advanced concepts of design to manufacture inventions and innovations using various CAD/CAM systems, computer numerical controlled systems (CNC), 3D printing and laser cutting. It provides students with an advanced perspective of CAD/CAM computer software, mathematical applications through geometry and trigonometry to invent and innovate products by means of advanced manufacturing processes and systems. Various projects and activities will include designing two and three-dimensional part/systems using CAD/CAM software program for direct to manufacture from a 3D printer, manufacture molds for innovative products, and other common CNC applications.  


    751W – Honors Inventions and Innovations 

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)- highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course covers aspects of contemporary industrial engineering in a research and development setting. Through the use of computer 3-D solids creation, students will create production quality prototypes (PQP) through innovative methods. Students will utilize advanced concepts of design to manufacture inventions and innovations using various CAD/CAM systems, computer numerical controlled systems (CNC), 3D printing and laser cutting. It provides students with an advanced perspective of CAD/CAM computer software, mathematical applications through geometry and trigonometry to invent and innovate products by means of advanced manufacturing processes and systems. Various projects and activities will include designing two and three-dimensional part/systems using CAD/CAM software program for direct to manufacture from a 3D printer, manufacture molds for innovative products, and other common CNC applications.

    * This weighted course option consists of additional outside classroom work based upon identifying a       real world problem related to the course. Students will need to communicate their design solutions through an engineering design portfolio, technical research report, and oral presentation to class or experts in the field.

    752 – Architectural Design

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)- highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed to cover aspects of contemporary and classical architectural designs. Through the use of 3D solid creations, students will have the opportunity to engage in and understand the job duties of an architect. Students will learn advanced concepts of architectural design for residential and commercial settings through use of CADD programs, architectural models, and renderings. This course is designed to provide students with an advanced perspective of CADD computer software and mathematical applications through geometry and trigonometry to design residential and commercial buildings by means of architectural models. Various projects and activities will include designing both residential and commercial structures, constructing architectural models of both residential and commercial buildings, and keeping a design portfolio of all designs.


    752W – Honors Architectural Design 

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)- highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed to cover aspects of contemporary and classical architectural designs. Through the use of 3D solid creations, students will have the opportunity to engage in and understand the job duties of an architect. Students will learn advanced concepts of architectural design for residential and commercial settings through use of CADD programs, architectural models, and renderings. This course is designed to provide students with an advanced perspective of CADD computer software and mathematical applications through geometry and trigonometry to design residential and commercial buildings by means of architectural models. Various projects and activities will include designing both residential and commercial structures, constructing architectural models of both residential and commercial buildings, and keeping a design portfolio of all designs.                                                                                                                                                      

    * This weighted course option consists of additional outside classroom work based upon identifying a real-world problem related to the course. Students will need to communicate their design solutions through an engineering design portfolio, technical research report, and oral presentation to class or experts in the field.
        
    753 – Game Design and Development

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Television Production or Digital Multimedia Design – highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed to give students an in-depth experience of the design, development and deployment processes found in the interactive application and gaming industries. Throughout the course, students will work independently and collaboratively to develop the skills necessary to manage the scope of the game creation process. Topics include project management, design theory, character and story development, system design, programming/scripting, 2D and 3D environments, logic, animation, cameras and lighting, constraints, audio, quality control and much more. The course will culminate with a capstone project giving students the opportunity to apply all that they have learned by creating a unique interactive game. Additionally, students will be required to keep a game developer’s journal to maintain focus and document progress. This course is recommended for students who are creative and critical thinkers, as well as those interested in animation, graphics, digital art, computer science, video production and game making.


    756 – Electronics and Robotics

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Energy, Power and Transportation – highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the four major systems and their subsystems required for Robotics Engineering (Electronics, Mechanics, Computers, & Control Software).  Topics include analog and digital electronics, sensors and circuits, electronic communication systems, and relevant topics in geometry, kinematics, algorithms, programming, and microcontrollers. "What's a Microcontroller?" will introduce students to the "Basic Stamp" microcontroller that is the foundation for the "Stamps in Class" series by Parallax. Students will have opportunities to research, design, build, test and evaluate solutions to electronics and programming that are needed for simple to complex robotics and industrial control. This course consists of a series of hands-on experiments and project challenges that will introduce students to robotic concepts using the Boe-Bot, Lego Mindstorms NXT, and   . Students will individually produce an advanced electronics project such as an iPod, iPhone, or MP3 audio amplifier.


    756W – Honors Electronics and Robotics 

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Energy, Power and Transportation – highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the four major systems and their subsystems required for Robotics Engineering (Electronics, Mechanics, Computers, & Control Software).  Topics include analog and digital electronics, sensors and circuits, electronic communication systems, and relevant topics in geometry, kinematics, algorithms, programming, and microcontrollers. "What's a Microcontroller?" will introduce students to the "Basic Stamp" microcontroller that is the foundation for the "Stamps in Class" series by Parallax. Students will have opportunities to research, design, build, test and evaluate solutions to electronics and programming that are needed for simple to complex robotics and industrial control. This course consists of a series of hands-on experiments and project challenges that will introduce students to robotic concepts using the Boe-Bot, Lego Mindstorms NXT, and Waterobotics. Students will individually produce an advanced electronics project such as an iPod, iPhone, or MP3 audio amplifier.                                                                            

    * This weighted course option consists of additional outside classroom work based upon identifying a real-world problem related to the course. Students will need to communicate their design solutions through an engineering design portfolio, technical research report, and oral presentation to class or experts in the field.

     

    757 – Design & Fabrication

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: $20.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Communication Technology or Digital Multimedia Design – highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: The world of digital design and printing has evolved to include several innovative and exciting technologies that enable humans to create complex physical products that start as designs on a computer. This course will explore some of the materials, tools, and processes that make it possible to design and fabricate products outside of an industrial facility. Students will design both 2D and 3D products on the computer that will then be produced into a physical product using a variety of technology including: laser engraving & cutting, 3-D printing, digital printing, dye sublimation technology, and other tools used for final product assembly. A small amount of time will be focused on processing raw materials that will be needed for the various projects created in this course.


    757W – Honors Design & Fabrication 

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: $20.00
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Communication Technology or Digital Multimedia Design – highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: The world of digital design and printing has evolved to include several innovative and exciting technologies that enable humans to create complex physical products that start as designs on a computer. This course will explore some of the materials, tools, and processes that make it possible to design and fabricate products outside of an industrial facility. Students will design both 2D and 3D products on the computer that will then be produced into a physical product using a variety of technology including: laser engraving & cutting, 3-D printing, digital printing, dye sublimation technology, and other tools used for final product assembly. A small amount of time will be focused on processing raw materials that will be needed for the various projects created in this course.  

    * This weighted course option consists of additional outside classroom work based upon identifying a real-world problem related to the course. Students will need to communicate their design solutions through an engineering design portfolio, technical research report, and oral presentation to class or experts in the field.
         
    759 – Engineering Design

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $10.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) – highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is focused on students’ development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the integration of the technological problem solving method with knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). It provides students with opportunities to research, design, develop, build, test, and evaluate solutions to real life problems related to meeting human needs and wants. Content is drawn from a variety of Engineering & Engineering Technology disciplines. Projects and activities will include: Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Team Rocketry Challenge, Creative Crane and Ship the Chip.


    759W – Honors Engineering Design 

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $10.00
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) – highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is focused on students’ development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the integration of the technological problem solving method with knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). It provides students with opportunities to research, design, develop, build, test, and evaluate solutions to real life problems related to meeting human needs and wants. Content is drawn from Engineering & Engineering Technology disciplines. Projects and activities will include: Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), Team Rocketry Challenge, Creative Crane and Ship the Chip.  

    *This weighted course option consists of additional outside classroom work based upon identifying a real-world problem related to the course. Students will need to communicate their design solutions through an engineering design portfolio, technical research report, and oral presentation to class or experts in the field.    

         
    762 – CADD – Computer Aided Drafting and Design

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Understand basic computer operations and concepts
    • Course Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Course Description: This course will cover all aspects of contemporary mechanical, engineering, architectural, and 3-D solids creation by use of a computer.  Students will learn the basic concepts of scale drawings and orthographic projections by making simple two and three-dimensional drawings using a Computer Aided Design software. This course is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of CADD computer software, three-view, orthographic, and three-dimensional drawings to create and understand engineered products. Various projects and activities will include designing two-dimensional and three-dimensional scale drawings using a CADD software program, create sectional view drawings, create a floor plan of a house, design and engineer a file folder bridge, and design and engineer various problem solving machines.


    769 - Multimedia Design

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: $10.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course covers topics that utilize contemporary methods for digitally designing multimedia. Students will learn how to digitally create multimedia and prepare it for various end products including print, video, animation, web, and laser engraving. Topics will include image editing techniques, audio / video editing, 2D computer animation, website design, and various other multimedia design projects. Students will have the opportunity to apply and demonstrate proficiency in concepts learned in class by engaging in projects and activities to give them experience in designing and utilizing various forms of media to solve real world problems. Each student will maintain a web based portfolio that showcases his or her work.


    771 – Video Production

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of scripting, storyboarding, filming, editing, and producing short-subject videos.  Students will also explore the fundamentals of digital camera and video equipment operations and learn video editing through non-linear editing software applications. These skills and tools will be used to generate effective communication to a variety of audiences. A majority of the class time will be spent applying concepts learned in class through objective based projects.  Additional topics include copyright law, careers and basic animation. This course is highly recommended for any student interested in communication, journalism, photography, music, digital video and advertising.


    771A - Television Production

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Video Production
    • Course Description: This course is a continuation of the skills covered in Video Production, which will be used to create and produce high-level digital media packages that focus on good television journalism skills and practices. Course topics will include television graphics, animation, ethics in media, sound and lighting techniques, advanced editing and experience running a studio production. A portion of the class time will be spent producing various graphics and news/promotional segments that will be incorporated in the school morning announcements program. Students will leave this class with a strong technical background, and a greater understanding of the influence and ethical responsibility of public media.


    777 – Creative Technology

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication and Health and Social Services
    • Lab Fee: $20.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: Basic computer operation skills are highly recommended
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is an exciting, hands-on, project oriented class that will introduce students to digital design, product fabrication, computer aided drafting and design, and basic audio/video communication. Students will learn how to design projects on the computer, output them in printed format, and create a finished product using a variety of tools and materials. In addition to traditional printing methods, students will also explore modern output technology including dye sublimation printing, laser engraving / cutting, and 3D Printing. Possible projects and activities include: pin-back buttons, laser engraved and cut acrylic, t-shirts, 3D printed products, and audio/video presentations.

     

    778 – Manufacturing Technology

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Technology & Society 
    • Course Description: This course allows students to examine various manufacturing inputs, experience a variety of manufacturing materials (wood, plastic, & metal) and processes, produce and investigate manufactured products and evaluate manufacturing impacts within the community.  The course explores machine and tool operations while exposing students to the concepts of design and production engineering within the organization of a student owned and operated manufacturing enterprise. Manufacturing technology will cover the process of designing and developing patterns, jigs, fixtures, tooling, methods, and techniques necessary to improve manufacturing efficiency and productivity.  Students will work on a manufacturing production line to further their understanding of the production process.  Various projects (desk clock, letter key rack, plastic desk organizer, sheet metal toolbox, and jump-a-peg game) and activities (injection molding, blow molding, & thermoforming) will be utilized to allow students the ability to demonstrate individual skills and team proficiencies.

     

    779 – Advanced Wood Technology

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: Required based on indidually selected project
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Construction Technology or Manufacturing Technology 
    • Course Description: This course is designed to take an in-depth look at the design, construction, and processes involved in the wood technology industry. Instruction will consist of advanced machine and tool operations, industrial processes and products, and explore potential career opportunities. A variety of projects and activities will be utilized to allow students the ability to demonstrate advanced wood knowledge, skills, and proficiencies. Students will participate in a variety of advanced machine and tool operations (CNC Router) and will be required to individually produce an advanced furniture or cabinetmaking project such as a desk, a table, a clock, a media center, and/or chair. A lab fee is required based on individually selected projects.

     


    783 – Construction Technology

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Technology & Society OR Collaborative STEM Investigations
    • Course Description: This course will develop a student’s basic understanding of constructed products and structures. Students will develop, produce, use, manage, and assess construction systems while studying architectural design, structural engineering, carpentry, electrical methods, and furniture construction. The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of hand tools and machine woodworking techniques and processes in order to fabricate wood technology products.  All areas of study will utilize hands-on activities and projects such as scaled shed model, Shaker-Style table, and residential house wiring.


    784 – Energy, Power, & Transportation

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is focused on development of a basic technological understanding of energy, power, & transportation systems. Energy systems will consist of renewable and non-renewable energy sources including solar, wind, water, and nuclear and their economical, social, and environmental impacts. Students will develop, produce, use, manage, and assess mechanical, electrical, and fluid power systems while studying the technical subsystems of simple machines and electronics. In transportation, students will study the technical systems of propulsion, structure, suspension, guidance, control, and support in land, water, and air and space environments. Students will complete a variety of projects such as model rockets, solar sprint cars, remote-controlled car racing, catapults, dry cell batteries, electric motors, electronic soldering applications and various lab activities.


    785 – Technology & Society

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-10 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Engineering, Science & Technology
    • Lab Fee: $15.00
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This exciting, hands-on course provides an overview of the areas of Construction, Manufacturing, Communication, Transportation, and Engineering Design. The focus of these areas will be broad in nature in order to give students the opportunity to develop individual interests for potential future study in the department. Technology & Society is designed to be fun and interesting. All areas of study will utilize hands-on activities and projects to further the learning process. Students will complete a variety of projects, such as: parachute egg drop, rubber band powered airplane, acrylic dice, secret compartment box and CO2 Dragster.