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    Introduction to Technical Design

    This is a semester (18 week) course.  This class will be based on instructing students in basic technical design.  Students will learn how to use traditional drafting equipment as well as use AutoCAD to create drawings on the computer.  We will learn about measurement, basic drawing geometry and techniques, sketching, multiview drawing, dimensioning, and design.  Much of the class will be hands on; some of the class time will be instructional. Demonstrations will be given on all equipment and software before student use.  Students will also create a laser engraved project and a 3D printed project.  Those wishing to take advanced technical design courses in the future must successfully complete this class first.  Advanced courses include Architectural Design, Engineering Design, and Digital Fabrication.

    Architectural Design

    This is a year long class.  This class will be based on instructing students in basic residential house design.  Students use traditional drafting equipment, AutoCAD, and mainly Revit to create residential designbs on the computer.  Students will learn about measurement, house design considerations, floor plans, elevations, foundation/basement plans, typical house construction, and dimensioning.  Much of the class will be hands on; some of this class time will be instructional.  Demonstrations will be given on all equipment and software before student use.  Students will design a basic house to learn how to use the Revit software and then will create a more sophisticated design of a house or building of their choice.  At the end of the course, students will create a scale model of their chosen house/building design.

    Engineering Design and Development

    This is a yearlong (36-week) course.  This class is based on instructing students in engineering design and technical drawing.  Students use traditional drafting equipment as well as use AutoCAD and Inventor to create engineering drawings on the computer.  Students will learn about measurement, engineering design considerations, metric drawigs, section drawings, working drawings, isometric drawings, and dimensioning.  Much of the class will be hands on; some of the class time will be instructional.  We will do some prototyping using 3D printer and laser engraver.  Demonstrations will be given on all equipment and software before student use.  Periodically during the course, students will work in teams to solve engineering design problems.

    Digital Fabrication

    This is a year long (36 week) class.  In this course, students build upon the knowledge and skills gained in Introduction to Technical Design as well as 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.

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