Technology Education

Summary

Technology Education is a program of instruction designed to develop an understanding of systems in fields such as production, construction, energy and communications by emphasizing applied activities by working with tools, machines and devices used in the home and the work place. The focus of the program will be on promoting an understanding of the impact of technology on society, and developing the perception that people have both the capability and the responsibility to control technology. Course offerings may change to reflect the ever changing technologies our students may use in the future. Through hands-on activities, which stress the application of mathematical and scientific concepts, Technology Education can help to clarify and reinforce basic skills, and bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Technology Education Courses

Design and Drawing for Production

Grades 9 – 12

1 credit, 1 Art credit

This course emphasizes creative problem solving, designing, and technical drawing. Emphasis is based on the approach used in business and industry to develop new products. Students develop solutions that are researched, sketched, refined and rendered as technical drawings. Basic elements of design and the six basic areas of technical drawing are included.

Materials Processing I & II

Grades 9 – 12

½ credit

These courses provide a broad, generic view of the way raw materials are processed into useful products. Various methods of processing are explored; they include forming, separating, combining and conditioning. Students investigate these processing concepts through hands-on activities using a variety of materials.

Architectural Drawing

Grades 10 – 12

1 credit

This course is a study of design and drafting related to building construction. Topics include culture and history, tools and techniques, lettering and dimensioning, preparation of site, and the development of floor, elevation, section, and perspective drawings.

Technical Drawing I & II

Grades 10 – 12

½ credit

A continuation of Design and Drawing for Production, these courses teach more advanced concepts and principals of technical drawing. Topics include orthographic multi-view drawings, pictorial three-dimensional drawings, projection, size description, and pictorial representation. Also included are the techniques for developing drawing and the tools used to construct them.

Electricity/Electronics

Grades 11 –12

1 credit

This course is a study in electrical theory, measurement and practical applications. Topics include electrical sources, circuits and power, magnetism and motors. Students will also be introduced to electronic theory, measurement and application. Topics will include electronic components, measuring instruments, semiconductors, integrated circuits, radio and television transmission and reception. Hands on activities will be used to further students’ understanding. Safety issues will be covered throughout the course.

Creative Problem Solving Through Model Building

Grades 11–12

1 credit

This course emphasizes creative problem solving through model building. Students will use research and development techniques as well as different design and construction methods. Students will use the seven steps of the problem solving method to create ingenious solutions to the various hands on activities provided. These include mousetrap vehicles, Lego robots, Mag Lev cars, and balsa model airplanes.

Architecture & Civil Engineering

Grades 9 – 12

1 credit

This study will develop a foundation in architectural and civil engineering designs, working drawing, and model building. Our discussions will include social perception and environmental and economic factors that are the influences and consequences in the field of architecture. Areas of study include: composition, historic preservation, specifications, methods and materials of construction, mechanical and electrical systems, climate control, energy conservation, lighting, acoustics, survey of architectural literature, and an introduction to CAD.

1/2  credit in Architecture & Civil Engineering I

Prerequisite: The successful completion of 1 credit or more in a design, technology, or engineering course with a class average GPA of 70 or better at the high school or the successful completion of Design & Technology & Design & Engineering at the middle school level with a class average GPA of 90 or better at the middle school level or prior permission from the teacher.

1/2 credit in Architecture& Civil Engineering II

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Architecture & Civil Engineering I with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Creative Problem Solving Course Sequence

Grades 11 – 12

1 credit

This study will develop a foundation in of technological solutions and their societal, economical, and environmental relationships. Through discussion and collaboration we will evaluate, develop, and formulate technical solutions of modern day local and global problems. Areas of study include: thinking, sketching, specifying, modeling, prototyping, critiquing, using visual language of principles and elements, design as process, design principles of structure, function, and development of design briefs as leadership tools as they apply to authentic problems.

½ credit in Creative Problem Solving I

Prerequisite: The successful completion of 1 credit or more in a design, technology, or engineering course with a class average GPA of 70 or better at the high school level or prior permission from the teacher.

½ credit in Creative Problem Solving II

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Creative Problem Solving I with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Computer Aided Drafting Course Sequence

Grades 9 – 12

1 credit

This course is a study of computer aided design as a medium for communication, virtual object development, CNC construction, test, and analysis. Course content will include a contemporary systematic process for the development of 2D and 3D computer graphic representations to develop and communicate ideas, objects, or systems. Instruction will address accepted standards and practice within the global society. Emphasis will be placed on skills developed through hands-on experience.

½ credit in Computer Aided Drafting I

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Design & Technology & Design & Engineering at the middle school level with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

½ credit in Computer Aided Drafting II

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Computer Aided Drafting I with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Design Course

Grades 10 – 12

1 credit

Design study as a thinking process for solving problems in relationship to technological products or artifacts and their societal relationships. Development of design skills: thinking, sketching, specifying, modeling, prototyping, critiquing, using visual language of principles and elements, design as process, design principles of structure, function, and development of design briefs as leadership tools as applied to authentic problems. This will include basic concepts for developing skills, knowledge of materials and processes related to visual communications, and creative problem solving.

½ credit in Design I

Prerequisite: The successful completion of 1 credit or more in a design, technology, or engineering course with a class average GPA of 70 or better at the high school level or prior permission from the teacher.

½ credit in Design II

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Design I with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Design & Drawing for Production

Grades 9 – 12

1 credit/1 Art Credit

Through sequence of the Design & Drawing for Production I & Design & Drawing for Production II courses, this study will develop visual problem solving techniques and graphic communication abilities. These abilities will be employed to describe forms, functions, systems, problems, and solutions found in human-made and natural environments. Our emphasis in class discussion and collaboration is based on the approach used in business and industry to develop new products for clients. Areas of study include: design process, specifications, manufacture processes, material composition, a survey of drafting resources, further development of CAD, and economic, environmental, and social perceptions.

1/2 Credit in Design & Drawing for Production I

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Design & Technology & Design & Engineering at the middle school level with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

1/2 Credit in Design & Drawing for Production II

Prerequisite: The successful completion Design & Development for Production I with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Energy & Power

Grades 9 – 12

1 credit

Through sequence of Energy & Power, we will study of energy as a sustainable resource for technological systems found in a global society. The impacts of current and future energy consumption on the environment, climate and geo-political relations of society will be stressed. A heavy emphasis will be placed on the new and emerging technological advances of energy and its applications from a global perspective. Our activities will center upon research, analysis, experimentation, and the design and fabrication of scale models and mockups to authentically demonstrate generation, application and conservation of energy.

1/2 Credit in Energy

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Design & Technology & Design & Engineering with a class average GPA of 70 or better at the middle school level or prior permission from the teacher.

1/2 Credit in Power

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Energy I with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Manufacturing & Production

Grades 10 – 12

1 credit Working in teams, you will integrate and employ knowledge and skills developed in previous courses as they learn and apply product design, material processing, managerial and organizational principles and functions to the creation and mass production of a product and the operation of a manufacturing enterprise. Students also develop resource materials for teaching manufacturing/production concepts.

½ credit in Production

Prerequisite: The successful completion of 1 credit or more in a design, technology, or engineering course with a class average GPA of 70 or better at the high school level or prior permission from the teacher.

½ credit in Manufacturing

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Production with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Principles of Engineering Course

Grades 9 – 12

1 credit

Through problems that engage and challenge, you explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. You will develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

½ credit in Principles of Engineering I

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Design & Technology & Design & Engineering at the middle school level with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

½ credit in Principles of Engineering II

Prerequisite: The successful completion Principles of Engineering I with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Sustainability & Biomimicry

Grades 9 – 12

1 credit

Through this study, you will have the opportunity to identify, and encourage others to take steps required to achieve the S.S. Seward Institute’s goal of carbon neutrality, as well as to build leadership skills. Students in this course identify ways to reduce environmental impact, take steps toward living. Biomimicry is about looking to nature for inspiration for new inventions and innovations. It’s not really technology or biology; it’s the technology of biology. Biomimicry is exploring the nature’s design to solve human wants and needs. This interactive course explores understanding and developing a practice in biomimicry. You will use a process of integrating principles and elements found in nature into our human design. Key concepts will include thinking in systems, designing in context, identify patterns, and reimagine the world around you.Sustainably, and put ideas into practice. We will examine the economic and political foundations of decision-making regarding environmental and sustainability issues.

½ credit in Sustainability

Prerequisite: The successful completion of Design & Technology & Design & Engineering at the middle school level with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

½ credit in Biomimicry

Prerequisite: The successful completion Sustainability with a class average GPA of 70 or better or prior permission from the teacher.

Independent Study in Design, Technology, & Engineering

Grades 10 – 12

1 credit

This course is for the gifted student who has successfully completed Energy & Power, or Material Processing I & II, or Design Drawing for Production, or Technical Communication with a class average GPA of 85 or better or prior permission from the teacher. This is a highly specialized and individualized course for a student to explore an area of design, technology, and engineering in depth. Interested students must receive prior approval from the technology teacher and school counselor.

Prerequisite: The successful completion of 1 credit or more in a design, technology, or engineering course with a class average GPA of 70 or better at the high school level or prior permission from the teacher.

Notes:

  • Students are required to dually enroll in this course sequence. However, the student will need to meet the prerequisites based on an entrance criteria or related coursework. Dual Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance to the subsequent course at a later time. Dual Enrollment students are eligible to opt out for the subsequent course. By opting out, student will receive .5 unit of credits. Dual Enrollment students are not eligible to participate in the subsequent course at a later year without instructor approval.
  • Any 12th Grade Standing Student may participate in any Design, Technology, & Engineering course with an GPA of 80 or Higher in any previously taken High School Design, Technology, & Engineering course sequence.