Classes

  • 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

    Digital Fabrication

    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. 

    Robotics Engineering

    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.

    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.

    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

    Architecture is about planning, designing, and constructing buildings. Students explore form, space, and ambience that reflect both function and aesthetics using powerful software tools. They construct drawings to technical specifications and model ideas in three dimensions. This course offers students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of architectural design. Students develop and use a variety of skills including assessing, organizing, problem solving, and analyzing in the application of drafting techniques. Students engage in a variety of learning activities including lecture and note taking, research, individual projects, demonstrations, and performance tasks. This course provides experience in area planning, basic architectural plans, technical details, architectural support services, and creative ideas on basic principles and techniques of mechanical drawing. Students are assessed by observing and measuring performance on tests, quizzes, assigned tasks and projects and by the quality of work produced.

    Engineering Design

    This year long class is oriented for future engineers. Students explore all facets of what it takes to get ideas produced. They draw designs on the board and on the computer in three dimensions. They discover for themselves how technology can take a project from idea to digital prototyping. Students refine designs with stress tests, fluid dynamic analysis, and motion studies.  This course offers students an opportunity to learn engineering concepts. Current industry standards are also applied. Students develop and use a variety of skills including assessing, organizing, problem solving, and analyzing in the application of drafting and design techniques. Students engage in a variety of learning activities including lecture and note taking, research, individual projects, demonstrations, and performance tasks. Students are assessed by observation, performance on tests, quizzes, assigned tasks and projects and by the quality of work produced.