Engineering & Technology
Applied Technology 1
This is a one semester class where students gain knowledge and skills in the area of pre-engineering and technology. Students learn to use tools and equipment such as hand tools, band saws, machine sanders, drilling machines, and computer controlled manufacturing machines. This course will require students to apply general math and science concepts to basic problem solving or pre-engineering activities. Some of these activities include building a lego vehicle for speed and power, making and testing air powered rockets, electric motors, and designing, building and destructively testing small wood bridges. Students also create small projects using basic hand and machine tools as well as computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) equipment. This is a fun class well suited for aspiring young engineers or for those just interested in how things work. Students are assessed by observing and measuring performance on tests, quizzes, assigned tasks and projects and by the quality of work produced.
This is a year long class. In this course, students build upon the knowledge and skills gained in Applied Technology 1. The focus of this course is to learn about the fundamentals of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining. Students will learn how to design a part with the use of computer aided design and machining (CAD/CAM) software. Some of the software students will use includes Mastercam, Autodesk Inventor, and Corel Draw. Once parts are designed, they are machined using computer controlled milling machines, laser engraver, 3D printer, plasma cutter, and lathe. All of these machines are computer controlled and can cut materials such as metal, wood, plastic, glass, stone, and other materials. The 3D printer outputs PLA plastic objects. Projects are created based on the manufacture of parts using CNC machining technology. This course will require students to apply general math and science concepts to advanced problem solving and machining activities. Students will be assessed through observation, performance on tests, quizzes, assigned tasks and projects and by the quality of work produced.
Advanced Problems in Engineering
This is a yearlong (36 week) course. This class will be based on instructing students in advanced engineering projects. This will be a primarily hands on project based class covering the areas of mechanical technology, structural technology, aeronautics, and electrical technology. Some of the projects include solar powered vehicles, magnetic levitation vehicles, catapults, cranes, off-road lego vehicles, and airplanes. Scientific and mathematic principles behind each technology will also be explored. Problem solving is a major part of this course, after all, engineers solve problems! We may visit a few local businesses which use these technologies.
This is a year long class. In this course, students build upon the knowledge and skills gained in Applied Technology 1. The focus of this course is to learn about the fundamentals of robotics. Students will learn what makes robots work, and why they are so widely used in all kinds of seemingly unrelated areas. Robots are designed to accomplish some type of complex task such as reacting to light, motion, color, sound, following a line, or anything else the mind can imagine. Robots are fabricated with metal parts, plastic parts, electronic components, lots of wires, wheels, gears, and many fasteners. They are programmed using the computer software Robot C. This course will require students to apply general math and science concepts to advanced problem solving and pre-engineering activities. Some of these activities will include learning about electronics, creating a robotic arm, radio controlled robots, computer programming, and creating and programming a competition robot. Students are assessed through observation, performance on tests, quizzes, assigned tasks and projects and by the quality of work produced.