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Technology Education

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Course Titles and Descriptions

Technology and Engineering Education is 21st century instruction where students collaborate and learn from their experiences designing, creating and testing solutions. In Technology and Engineering Education, students apply Math, Science, and their knowledge of materials, tools and processes. By creating, designing and building, Technology and Engineering Education promotes true understanding.

NYS Education Department Approved Sequence: Pre-Engineering (Pending Re-Approval)

Students must complete the five units of credit listed below and pass the NOCTI Pre-Engineering Exam to receive the NYS Regents Pre-Engineering Endorsement on their diploma.

Students who take #811 DDE at Shaker Jr. High should start with course #835.

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Course Titles and Descriptions

811 Design and Drawing for Engineering812 Principles of Engineering (P)817 Engineering Capstone (P)850 Wood Construction830 Electronics and Robotics (P)835 Manufacturing Processes for Engineering (HVCC Credit) (P)860 IT Essentials818 Metal Processing813 Architectural Drawing I814 Architectural Drawing II (P)821 Transportation Systems822 Auto Maintenance836 Home Electricity824 Television Production (HVCC Credit)823 Graphic Communications826 Technical Photography837 Energy and the Environment838 Computer Aided Drafting (P)840 Technical Occupations Lab I841 Technical Occupations Lab II

811 Design and Drawing for Engineering

Full Year – 1 Unit

**This course may be used to fulfill the Fine Arts graduation requirement.

This course introduces students to design, technical drawing, and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD).  Students will first learn the principles of design and technical drawing. Students will then learn CAD programs like Inventor and Auto CAD. Students will use these skills to solve design problems graphically. DDE is a very beneficial course for any student interested in pursuing a sequence in any technical field or engineering. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

812 Principles of Engineering (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

It is recommended that students complete Algebra 1, two units of science, Design & Drawing for Engineering and Manufacturing Processes for Engineering before this course.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the major areas of engineering. The course will involve product research, engineering design, construction of products and/or prototypes, and communicating engineering ideas in multiple formats. Students will study and apply engineering concepts that have connections to the physical sciences and mathematics learned in their core subject areas. Students will utilize the Engineering Design Process to develop projects that are multifaceted and require engineering teams to complete. Areas of study may include RC Gliders, Lego Machine automation and control, Wind Turbines, Solar Trackers, Truss Bridge Design, and Space Balloons. This course is open to juniors and seniors only.

817 Engineering Capstone (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Students enter this course through an application process explained in Course #812 Principles of Engineering. The Engineering Capstone course is for students to explore, research, and then develop solutions to an engineering problem they wish to address and then be partnered with local professionals in the field to help determine a possible solution. Students will utilize laboratory facilities to design and then prototype, computer simulate and/or develop mathematical models to address technical solutions to develop their idea. Students will document their research and present and defend their results to a panel of instructors and engineering experts. Students who complete #812 Principles of Engineering may apply for this course.

850 Wood Construction

Full Year – 1 Unit

Construction industry jobs are expected to grow “faster than average” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This course was developed with input from the local carpenters union. Students will learn about tools and machines used in the construction industry. Students will apply this knowledge and develop skills getting them ready to join the Carpenters Local 291’s Apprentice Program, go directly to private employment or to college for a construction related career.

For information on the Carpenters Local 291’s Apprentice Program, please click this link.

830 Electronics and Robotics (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Algebra I.

Think about how many electronic devices you use each day. Now imagine you could design and control your own devices. Electronics and Robotics will give students the skills to be able to understand how electronics work and how to make electronics work for them. The course begins with electronic theory and explores both analog and digital electronics. The digital component of the course is based around Arduino TM, an open source programmable microcontroller. Students will use Arduino to control their digital projects. “C,” a programming language very similar to Java, will be used to program the microcontrollers. The goal of this course is for students to use their electronics knowledge and apply it to Robotics and sensor control. This course is mostly hands- on but it does involve a fair amount of basic algebra. Activities include a portable speaker and amplifier, automated lighting controls, LED effects, a Simon Says light game, how to control different sensors, controlling a robot with a PS3 controller, creating a digital clock, and many more. This course is open to all students who have completed Algebra 1.

835 Manufacturing Processes for Engineering (HVCC Credit) (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: DDE is required.

Manufacturing Processes for Engineering is a one-unit course that will explore the technological processes that are used to turn various materials into consumer products. A majority of the course will focus on skills, tools, and processes used in metal fabrication and machining. Although metal processes are the focus, a portion of the curriculum will include other materials such as wood, plastic, or composite. This course will utilize hands-on activities to develop the skills needed to use hand tools, machine tools, and computer-controlled machines (CNC). Students in this course may earn three HVCC college credits. A tuition fee is required for this option.

860 IT Essentials

Full Year – 1 Unit

Information Technology jobs are expected to grow “faster than average” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This course is designed for students interested in computers and networking careers. IT Essentials covers fundamental computer and career skills for entry level IT jobs. The IT Essentials course includes hands-on labs that provide practical experience to prepare you for enterprise networking. Simulation tools help you hone your troubleshooting skills and practice what you learn.

  • Develop working knowledge of how computers and mobile devices operate.
  • Identify common security threats and vulnerabilities like malware, phishing, spoofing and social engineering.
  • Apply skills and procedures to install, configure and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices and software.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

818 Metal Processing

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course will explore the areas of raw material resources, shearing, chip removal, fastening, bonding, casting, forging, heat-treating, welding and a fabrication project along with several smaller projects using computer numeric control machines. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

813 Architectural Drawing I

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This is an entry-level course in architectural design. Students will be introduced to the topics of architectural history, drafting tools and techniques, area/room planning, floor plan design, architectural dimensioning, sectional drawings, exterior elevations, site plans, and career exploration. Students will be introduced to the computer-aided design software called Autodesk Revit, which is used in professional architectural and engineering businesses. The student will conclude the course with development of a set of plans for a desired house. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

814 Architectural Drawing II (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: Architectural Drawing I.

This is an advanced-level course that covers the design of Architecture and Civil Engineering.  The course will focus on the advanced concepts of Architecture and will utilize Autodesk Revit, a professional CAD program. Students will be introduced to the various materials, construction concepts, and mathematical computations needed to properly design and construct a house to local and state specifications. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

821 Transportation Systems

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course is a comprehensive study of transportation in three different areas: land, aerospace, and marine. Activities include model boat building and launching, model rocket building and launching, and small engine maintenance and repair. This course is open to students in grades 11-12.

822 Auto Maintenance

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

This is a general course in the study of land vehicles with a main emphasis on automobiles. Topics include fuel systems, ignition systems, lubrication systems, brakes, transmissions, consumer awareness, and auto insurance. This course is open to students in grades 11-12.

836 Home Electricity

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

This introductory-level course will cover basic electrical theory and its relation to house wiring.  Students will wire typical household circuits in accordance with the National Electric Code. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

824 Television Production (HVCC Credit)

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in today’s media to communicate information. Students will study many types of communication technologies such as graphic, video, audio, and television. Students will be introduced to the technical aspects of broadcasting and production. Once familiar, students will produce a video production in the studio for broadcast. Each student will learn to use the studio camera, video/audio mixing boards, microphones, teleprompters, and the various computer applications needed to develop and air a professional quality video broadcast. This course involves teamwork and replicates the daily pressures and excitement news and radio employees encounter in their work. Students in this course may earn three HVCC college credits. A tuition fee is required for this option. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

823 Graphic Communications

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of graphic communications and how to plan, produce, and print a screen printing project. In the production of their projects, students will learn graphic design, desktop publishing, darkroom techniques, and screen printing. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

826 Technical Photography

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This one-semester course introduces students to film photography and a traditional darkroom. A major focus of this course will be the technical aspects of camera operation that digital cameras do automatically. Students will learn photographic techniques, process film and enlarge prints. All necessary equipment is provided for students. This course is open to students in grades 9-12.

837 Energy and the Environment

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course explores different forms of energy and their impact on society. Topics will include renewables, energy conversion, and energy conscious design. The students will design, construct, and test energy-related projects. Example activities include a steam turbine, a hot water solar collector, a solar cell car, and fuel cell activities. This course is open to students in grades 10-12.

838 Computer Aided Drafting (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: #811 DDE.

In this course, students will use the computer as a drawing tool. Students will use computer design programs to draw technical and architectural type drawings. This course is open to students who have completed #811 or by permission of Department Supervisor.

840 Technical Occupations Lab I

Full Year – 1 Unit

This course is a full year, hands on laboratory where students can practice job and life skills. This course is by recommendation only.

841 Technical Occupations Lab II

Full Year – 1 Unit

This full year course is a hands on laboratory where students continue to practice job and life skills learned in Technical Occupations I. This course is by recommendation only.

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