Topics of exploration will include but not be limited to problem solving skills, manufacturing and production methods, electricity and electronics, transportation systems, communication systems, environmental technology, systems and sub-systems, information technology, technical drawing, engineering methods, and bio-technology. Students will apply basic principles of mathematics and science in a hands-on environment while learning basic skills involving the use of hand tools and machinery. This application-driven program will serve to identify areas of interest while preparing students to make informed career/education choices. Students will complete several projects, and are encouraged to work independently on specific areas of interest. This course will also serve as a pre-requisite for the High School Technology program, which includes cutting-edge courses such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Welding Principles, Electricity/Electronics, Small Engines, Agricultural/Bio-Technology, and the world renowned Cisco Networking Academy, which has established the baselines for the most valued technical application of our era, Information Technology.
This course is designed to teach basic woodworking and design skills. Students are introduced to some fundamental design concepts and construction techniques and will immerse themselves in a project from start to finish. Classes include both power and hand tool use, with an emphasis on joinery skills that require extensive hand tool use. Safety is a major emphasis throughout. Basic indoor and outdoor furniture designs will be stressed, along with student woodworking projects.
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN I
½ Credit (half year)
Students will learn the introductory functions of the computer software program AutoCAD Light through the practice of mechanical and architectural drawings. Students will be able to develop their skills by designing creative original projects.
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN II
½ Credit (half year)
Students will perfect and further develop skills learned in Computer Aided Design I. The fundamentals of three-dimensional drawing will be introduced. Students will design original architectural, mechanical and creative projects.