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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Courses
For hands-on learners interested in construction, product development and / or inventions, try Production!
Course Sequence: Materials & Processes, Manufacturing Systems I and II, Production Systems
For students interested in engineering, industrial products or architecture, try Computer-aided Drafting & Design!
Course Sequence:Technical Drawing & Design, Engineering or Architectural Drawing & Design, Advanced Drawing & Design
For students interested in practical technology and / or "how stuff works," try Technology and Engineering!
Course Sequence: Technology Foundations, Technology Transfer, Technology Assessment
For students interested in aeronautics and space, try Aerospace!
Course Sequence: Aerospace Science I and II
Aerospace Science I
Grades: 10 - 12 Prerequisite: None Credit: 1
This course was formerly known as Aerospace Science. Aerospace Science I is a course designed to introduce students to the technologies of aeronautics and space sciences. The course is a study of the interrelationship between aeronautics and space science. Students use a hands-on approach to study concepts including aerodynamic principles, aircraft and spacecraft technologies, meteorology and space environments, commercial applications, administration and historical perspectives. Field experiences expose students to career paths in the aerospace industry and governmental agencies.
Materials and Processes
Grades: 9 - 12 Prerequisite: None Credit: 1
Students focus on industrial and technical materials & processes as they fabricate usable products and conduct experiments. Students explore and master multiple production materials including plastics, metals, woods, ceramics and composites. Students explore the properties of each material and investigate the use of each in products. Students also experiment with the development of products through hands-on projects in the Production Lab (safety requirements must be followed).
Manufacturing Systems I
Grades: 10 - 12 Prerequisite: Materials & Processes Credit: 1
This course provides an orientation to careers in various fields of manufacturing. Emphasis will be placed on manufacturing systems, safety, materials, production, business concepts and the manufacturing process. Students participate in individual and team activities to create products that demonstrate critical elements of manufacturing. Students are expected to follow strict safety requirements when elements of instruction take place in the Production Lab.
Manufacturing Systems II
Grades: 11 - 12 Prerequisite: Manufacturing Systems I Credit: 1
Students develop an in-depth understanding of automation and its applications in manufacturing. Activities center on flexible manufacturing processes and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). Students work in teams to solve complex interdisciplinary problems that stem from major systems in automated manufacturing. Students are expected to follow strict safety requirements when elements of instruction take place in the Production Lab.
Grades: 12 Prerequisite: Manufacturing Systems II Credit: 1
Technical Drawing and Design
Grades: 9 - 12 Prerequisite: None Credit: 1
This course was formerly known as Computer Aided Drafting & Design I. Technical Drawing and Design provides the students with the basic principles and theories underlying graphic representations, which are common to all areas of industrial work. Learning units and required drawings emphasize the basic skills in computer assisted drawing (CADD) and related areas. Occupational information is also presented.
Engineering Drawing and Design
Grades: 10 - 12 Prerequisite: Technical Drawing & Design Credit: 1
Students explore the engineering design process and use a graphic language for product design, technical illustration, assembly, patent and structural drawings. They increase their understanding of drawing and the design process and techniques learned in the prerequisite course. Students use computers, calculators and description geometry and adhere to established standards to solve design problems. Students prepare for the AutoDesk AutoCAD Certified User industry credential.
Advanced Drawing & Design
Grades: 11 - 12 Prerequisite: Engineering Drawing & Design Credit: 1
Grades: 9 - 12 Prerequisite: None Credit:1
This course was formerly known as Applied Technology I. Students acquire a foundation in technological material, energy and information, and they apply processes associated with the technological thinker. Challenged by laboratory activities, students create new ideas and innovations, build systems and analyze technological products to learn further how and why technology works. Students work in groups to build and control systems using engineering design in the development of a technology. Technology exploration includes Biotechnology, Communications, Construction, Manufacturing, Power and Energy and Transportation.
Grades: 10 - 12 Prerequisite: Technology Foundations Credit: 1
Students work with a variety of computers, materials and systems to improve their skills and knowledge. Groups work together to apply mathematics, science and communication concepts on a project that combines systems, such as production, energy, communication, transportation, biotechnology and other technologies. Thematic activities engage students in community problems where they transfer the technological method to address recycling, space exploration and housing.
Grades: 11 - 12 Prerequisite: Technology Transfer Credit: 1
Technology Assessment is offered as a capstone course for students in high school. Students use their knowledge and abilities in technology, mathematics, science and other disciplines to analyze the impacts of technological devices and systems on the world. Students use information they acquire through activities and research to predict the future. They use computers and assessment activities to analyze products and systems to determine their possible impact. Students design and present their newly created products or systems.