Technology Education

Technology

INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN PROCESSES
Introduction to Design Processes is a course that specializes in modern design and engineering processes with a focus on creative problem solving in developing, testing, communicating, and presenting post-evaluation of products.  Students use the design process to analyze research, develop ideas, and produce products solutions.  This process gives a framework through which they design, manufacture tests present their ideas.  Students will demonstrate and utilize design principles and elements for visual presentation.  Designing aspects will also cover aesthetics, ergonomics, the environment, safety, and production. The design process is a core-learning tool for many courses enabling the student to solve problems in a systematic, logical and creative manner.  Students develop a good understanding of the way the process helps them think creatively and developing aesthetic ideas.  The design process encourages the students to engage in higher level thinking to create solutions to many problems.
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 9-12
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 credit per semester, maximum of 2 semesters, maximum of 2 credits
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION
Introduction to Communications specializes in identifying and using modern communication to exchange messages and information. This course explores the application of the tools, materials, and techniques used to design, produce, use, and asses systems of communication. Students will produce graphic and electronic media as they apply communication technologies. This course will also explore the various technical processes used to link ideas and people through the use of electronic and graphic media. Major goals of this course include an overview of communication technology; the way it has evolved, how messages are designed and produced, and how people may profit from creating information services and products. Students will explore mass media communication processes including radio and television broadcasting, publishing and printing activities, telecommunication networks, recording services, computer and data processing networks, and other related systems. Using the base knowledge student will use the design process to solve design projects in each communication area.
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 9-12
Recommended Prerequisites: None 
Credits: 1 credit per semester, maximum of 2 semesters, maximum of 2 credits
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

INTRODUCTION TO TRANSPORTATION

Introduction to Transportation is an introductory course designed to help students become familiar with fundamental principles in modes of land, sea, air, and space transportation, including basic mechanical skills and processes involved in transportation of people, cargo and goods.   Students will gain and apply knowledge and skills in the safe application, design, production, and assessment of products, services, and systems as it relates to the transportation industries. Content of this course includes the study of how transportation impacts individuals, society, and the environment.  This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer their academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant transportation related activities, problems, and settings.
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 9-12
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semesters maximum, maximum of 2 credits
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION

Introduction to Construction is a course that will offer hands-on activities and real world experiences related to the skills essential in residential, commercial and civil building construction. During the course students will be introduced to the history and traditions of construction trades. The student will also learn and apply knowledge of the care and safe use of hand and power tools as related to each trade. In addition, students are introduced to blueprint reading, applied math, basic tools and equipment, and safety. Students will demonstrate building construction techniques, including concrete and masonry, framing, electrical, plumbing, dry walling, HVAC, and painting as developed locally in accordance with available space and technologies. Students learn how architectural ideas are converted into projects and how projects are managed during a construction project in this course. Students study construction technology topics such as preparing a site, doing earthwork, setting footings and foundations, building the superstructure, enclosing the structure, installing systems, finishing the structure, and completing the site. Students also investigate topics related to the purchasing and maintenance of structures, special purpose facilities, green construction and construction careers.
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 9-12
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semester maximum, maximum of 2 credit
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

INTRODUCTION TO MANUFACTURING
Introduction to Manufacturing specializes in how people use modern manufacturing systems with an introduction to manufacturing technology and its relationship to society, individuals, and the environment. An understanding of manufacturing provides a background toward developing engineering & technological literacy. This understanding is developed through the study of the two major technologies, material processing and management technology, used by all manufacturing enterprises. Students will apply the skills and knowledge of using modern manufacturing processes to obtain resources and change them into industrial materials, industrial products and consumer products Students will investigate the properties of engineered materials such as: metallics; polymers; ceramics; and composites. After gaining a working knowledge of these materials, students will study six major types of material processes: casting and molding; forming; separating; conditioning; finishing; and assembling.  
Recommended Grade Level: Grade 9-12
Recommended Prerequisites: none
Credits: 1 credit per semester, 2 semesters maximum, maximum of 2 credits
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas 

TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS
Technology Systems is a course that focuses on the technologies used in the career pathways related to Architecture & Construction, Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, Manufacturing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and the Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics career clusters. Instructional strategies include creative problem solving activities that address real-world problems and opportunities. Computer experiences are used to incorporate graphics, simulations, networking, and control systems. Students are also introduced to, and engaged in, investigating career opportunities within a career cluster of their choice. Systems thinking skills are used by students to study, diagram, and test a solution to a scenario related to their career interests. 
Recommended Grade Level:  9-12
Credits: 1 or 2 semester course, 1 credit per semester 
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas