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Technology Education

Course Descriptions

Technology 7

Technology 7 is the first half of the one unit NYS “Introduction to Technology” curriculum. This course meets
every day for twenty weeks or one half year.

Technology 7 introduces students to human resources, technological processes and creative problem solving. The
course is taught through a number of hands on activities and design challenges. Students will use their knowledge
of materials, machines and available resources to solve technical problems. These activities develop critical
thinking and decision-making skills vital to employment success in the twenty first century.

Technology 8

Technology 8 is the second half of the one unit NYS “Introduction to Technology” curriculum. This course meets
every day for twenty weeks or one half year.

Technology 8 introduces students to more resources, and technological processes that can be used to solve
technological problems. The course is taught though a number of hands on activities and design challenges.
Students will use their knowledge of materials, machines and available resources to solve technical problems.
These activities develop critical thinking and decision-making skills vital to employment success in the twenty-first century.

Design & Drawing for Engineering (DDE) Pre-Engineering Elective

Entrance into this course is by recommendation only. DDE is the first course of the New York State Approved
“Pre-Engineering Program” at Shaker High School. The approved program is a five-unit sequence with a NOCTI
(National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) exam at the end of the senior year. Students who complete
the required coursework and pass the exam will receive a “Pre-Engineering” endorsement on their high school
diploma. This course meets every day all year.

DDE at SMS is for high achieving Math, Science and Technology (MST) students. The Math, Science and
Technology grades of students will be used to determine who will be recommended. Students who take DDE in
grade 8 will be eligible to take “Manufacturing Processes for Engineering” in the ninth grade.

*Parents and students please note: For students enrolled in Earth Science, lab may need to be scheduled after school. Students who are enrolled in DDE may not be able to take Studio Art or a Performing Group at SMS in eighth grade. Passing DDE does fulfill the one unit Art/Music requirement for high school graduation