TECHNICAL DRAWING (8): presents the basic language of technical drawing and design. Students design, sketch, and make technical drawings, use applied geometry, architectural modules, or prototypes of real design problems. Students use computer-aided drawing and design (CAD) equipment and established standards or codes to prepare drawings and models for presentation.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO: teaches students to take photographs and to work a video camera. Students’ work may be featured in the yearbook and/or may enable them to videotape morning announcements and school activities.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS: focuses on the Technology Standards of Learning for middle school students. Students review word processing and graphics tools by creating a flyer or advertisement. Searching skills on the Internet are reviewed by the completion of an online scavenger hunt. Instruction includes appropriate citations and copyright laws. Basic elements of good screen design is the focus as students create presentations on a historical character or event using PowerPoint. Students will also receive instruction on spreadsheets as they compare prices of favorite items, and databases of personal collections will be created.
KEYBOARDING: introduces proper keyboarding techniques including correct posture, home row finger positioning, and standard document formatting. The program provides customized instruction to meet the needs of students as they progress through a series of individualized lessons designed to improve keyboarding speed, accuracy, and productivity. In addition, students will enhance communication skills as they complete a variety of writing activities.
MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS: provides students with opportunities to run a small group or class business based on their own design for providing a service or product needed at their school. Students learn business terminology, basic entrepreneurship concepts, and fundamental business operating principles.
CAREERS: enables students to make sound decisions regarding their education and career choices.
TEEN LIVING: emphasizes teen living skills and developing personal responsibility. The food unit includes nutrition, kitchen safety, cooking, and entertaining. The sewing unit covers use and care of the sewing machine, machine-sewing techniques, hand-sewing techniques, and the completion of an individual sewing project. The childcare unit covers the responsibilities of parents and babysitters, childcare job proficiencies, safety, and age-appropriate play activities. A craft project is completed if time permits.
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY (6th): presents the basic elements of technology, including processes, energy, information, and people. Students explore up to four systems of technology, including construction, transportation, communication, and production/manufacturing. Finally, students relate the impact of technology on society, environment, and culture to future consequences and decisions.
INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS (7th): offers a modular approach to technological applications. By actively working through self-guided modules, students use various materials and computer software programs to develop understanding.. Module rotations are enhanced with group projects focused on solving problems and inventing new products.
TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (8th): offers a modular approach to technological applications. By actively working through self-guided modules, students use various materials and computer software programs to develop understanding.. Module rotations are enhanced with group projects to include CSI activities, CO2 Cars, kite design, vacuum forming, t-shirt design and woodworking projects.
INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN-PLTW (8th): In this course, students are introduced to the engineering design process, and apply math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. Students solve design problems for which they develop, analyze and create product models using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. This course covers ten units: Design Process, Technical Sketching and Drawing, Measurements and Statistics, Modeling Skills, Geometry of Design, Reverse Engineering, Documentation, Advanced Computer Modeling, Design Team, and Design Challenges.