The Technology Education Department provides a broad overview of the processes of industry in our technologically-oriented society. A wide variety of individual experiences and activities will aid the student in developing:
- The knowledge necessary to successfully make future occupational decisions;
- An understanding of the systems of technology and their relationship to our complex society;
- Thinking and/or physical skills necessary to function in everyday life.
WHY TAKE TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COURSES?
- To apply abilities learned in other disciplines.
- To experience individualized, success-oriented instruction.
- To experience “activity-oriented” study of such contemporary areas as engineering, technical drawing, transportation, and electricity/electronics.
- To obtain credit for sequences.
- To prepare for vocational and post-secondary education.
- To complete the technology-oriented dimensions of a student’s comprehensive education.
- To apply the knowledge necessary to make future vocational and educational decisions.
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COURSES
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science Principles will be a class where students can gain understanding on the fundamentals of computing with problem-solving, understanding the Internet, cybersecurity, and programming. This full-year course will introduce students to the principles of coding, team-work, and design, to solve real-world problems and find relevant solutions through the development of mobile applications. Students will be eligible for AP credit with successful completion of the College Board AP CSP exam at the conclusion of the course. PREREQUISITE: Student must successfully complete Algebra I to register for the course.
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Students will learn the importance of site design, and development by utilizing 3D architecture design software. Emphasis will be placed on the planning and designing of residential and commercial structures. Satisfactory completion of this course may be used by Occupational Education majors towards meeting the 1 credit Art/Music graduation requirement.
This semester course covers low voltage direct current and line voltage alternating current systems used in the home, current flow, circuits, magnetism, and switches. Laboratory work will involve circuit construction and experimentation. This course may also be offered as a full-year, alternate day course.
Computer Aided Design (C.A.D.)
C.A.D. is a fundamental technology whose importance will greatly increase. As computer systems become more powerful and easy to use, computer modeling is replacing the traditional drafting industry. This course is designed to increase the students’ drafting skills and knowledge through C.A.D.. Students will use Auto CAD to create renderings of internal parts of objects, architectural details, and to design ergonomic devices. Students will also explore three-dimensional objects.
This semester course is designed to provide hands-on experiences utilizing Lego Mindstorm kits and various Lego Robotic material. The objective of this course is to offer students basic programming, and problem solving skills. This course allows students to develop, build, and program Lego Mindstorm robots. This course challenges the students to work in teams to complete in a variety of challenges. Topics covered may include gear ratios, motor controls, sensors, programming loops, logic, torque, and friction.
This semester course will explore a variety of land transportation systems and associated subsystems. Topics may include wheeled, rail, track, and magnetic levitation vehicles as well as their related subsystems. Students will gain experience with these systems by designing and fabricating working scale models of the major system. This semester course may also be offered as a full-year, alternate-day course.
Principles of Engineering
This course offers students an integrative hands-on laboratory approach to the basic concepts of engineering. Students will experience and review a series of activities that will convey the following concepts and principles: problem definition and solution, communication skills, use of technical tools, selection of materials and processes, measurement, and application of mathematics and science.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
In this course students will get hands on experience in working with materials safely using a variety of power and hand tools. Students will develop this understanding through project based learning. Students will design and produce a product using modern manufacturing techniques including 3D design software, and computer controlled machining.
This semester course allows students to learn basic concepts and principles of technical drawing. They will represent a variety of objects using oblique, isometric, and multi-view drawings. Students will also be introduced to basic sketching techniques, lettering, and computer-aided design. This course can be used by Occupational Education majors towards meeting the 1 credit Art/Music graduation requirement. This course may also be offered as a full-year, alternate day course.
This class is designing to get students acquainted with hand tools and power tools to construct projects from a variety of building materials. Students will learn the basic principles of: engineering design; tools, resources, and technological processes to successfully complete the course. Students will also have the opportunity to program and operate a CNC machine to create projects.
This semester course will explore a variety of non-land transportation systems and associated subsystems. Topics may include sea, air, and space vehicles, as well as their related subsystems. Students will gain experience with these systems by designing and fabricating working scale models of the major system. This semester course may also be offered as a full-year, alternate-day course.