Technology and Engineering Course Offerings

Technology and Engineering Course Offerings

STUDENTS ELECTING TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION MAJORS MUST RECEIVE A PASSING GRADE BEFORE MOVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.  THE COST OF ALL MATERIALS USED IN TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COURSES, BOTH MAJOR SUBJECTS AND ELECTIVES, BECOMES A FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT.  ELECTIVE COURSES THAT PARALLEL MAJORS MAY NOT BE TAKEN DURING THE SAME SCHOOL YEAR.

Technology and Engineering Education department courses offer all students the opportunity to become academically skilled and technologically literate in today’s multifaceted world. The hands-on, kinesthetic approach allows for the application of the Common Core Curriculum and assists with Keystone preparedness. The Technology and Engineering courses offer all students the opportunity to increase and enhance valuable problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in any field of study. Students participating in Technology and Engineering courses are better prepared for high-tech career fields and post-secondary education and are more likely to be successful.*
*The cost of materials used in Technology and Engineering education courses may become a financial responsibility of the student.
 

The Technology & Engineering Courses are organized into the following areas:

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
MATERIALS & PROCESSES
ENGINEERING / STEM

   

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

 
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
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(T1181) DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: None
 
Digital Photography is an exploratory course in digital imaging and editing. Students will use digital cameras and learn techniques for capturing images. Topics include composition, manipulation of camera controls, reading manuals, exposure and lighting. Students will have the opportunity to experience computer software to enhance, edit and manipulate their digital photographs. Students may be required to complete photography shooting assignments outside of class. Cameras are available through the instructor.

GRAPHIC PRODUCTIONS
(T1166) GRAPHIC PRODUCTIONS
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
Graphic Productions provides individuals opportunities in graphic fields of bookbinding, pad printing, one color screen printing, and multi-color screen printing with the use of graphic software. Individual design of projects is stressed. Recommended to also take Graphic Design.

VIDEO I – DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
(T1111A) VIDEO I – DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
This course will examine the history of video, television, and film as well as future trends in mass media. Students will be introduced to a number of technical and non-technical skills, including script writing, storyboards, operation of equipment, and small-scale production. **Students selecting this course are encouraged to also schedule Video II – Television Production and Broadcast Journalism.
 
VIDEO II – TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM
(T1111B) VIDEO II - TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: Video I – Digital Video Production
This course is designed for students who are interested in basic television production. Emphasis is placed on television script writing, storyboards, operation of equipment, and small-scale production. Good writing skills, the ability to communicate clearly and collaborate with peers is highly suggested for this class.

VIDEO III – ADVANCED TELEVISION PRO-DUCTION AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM

(BT0112)
(T1112A) VIDEO III – ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM A
(T1112B) VIDEO III – ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM B
DETAILS: 2 Trimesters
CREDIT: 1.0
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Video II – Television Production and Broadcast Journalism.
This course builds upon the skills and concepts achieved in TV Production and Broadcast Journalism I. Students will continue to explore the field of Television Production with greater emphasis placed on the planning and development of small-scale production. Students are members of a TV Studio Crew and will participate in live and pre-recorded productions

VIDEO IV – ADVANCED DIGITAL FILMMAKING (BT1113)
(T1113A) VIDEO IV – ADVANCED DIGITAL FILMMAKING A
(T1113B) VIDEO IV – ADVANCED DIGITAL FILMMAKING B
DETAILS: 2 Trimesters
CREDIT: 1.0
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Video III – Advanced Television Production and Broadcast Journalism.
This advanced course will focus on digital film production. Students will supervise and/or conduct all pre-production, production, and post-production responsibilities while creating digital films in a variety of genres. Students will demonstrate “industry standard” level competency in the following major categories: script development, sound, camera work, lighting, editing, and work ethic. Students are required to produce an independent film project to be entered in the Dallastown Spring Shorts Film Festival.

HONORS DIGITAL VIDEO/INDEPENDENT STUDY
(T1114) HONORS DIGITAL VIDEO/INDEPENDENT STUDY
DETAILS: 1 Trimester (independent study)
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 12
PREREQUISITE: Enrollment is by consent of instructor only and can be scheduled multiple trimesters for credit.
This course will allow career focused students a greater exploration of the skills learned in Advanced Television Production and Broadcast Journalism and Advanced Digital Filmmaking. Students will deepen their understanding on topics such as, non-linear editing, storyboarding, lighting, composition and framing, audio for video, and project development. Students in Honors Digital Video will complete a wide variety of video projects, readings in the field, movie reviews, and a portfolio.

MATERIALS & PROCESSES

INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
(T1109) INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-10
PREREQUISITE: None
Upon completion of safety lessons and machine demonstrations, students will use hands-on lab experiences while working with materials such as wood, metals and plastics. Measuring to 1/16th of an inch will be stressed during student designed project construction.

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

(T1110) INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-10
PREREQUISITE: None
Using hands-on experimentation and lab experiences, this course will allow the student to gain an understanding of basic terminology, principles and practical applications of several engineering and technological areas. This introductory course will cover topics such as, but not limited to, electronics, aerodynamics, engineering, stress analysis, and gearing.

METALS I: METAL MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
(T1177) METALS I: METAL MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
This course will provide the student the opportunity to investigate and experiment with various metal materials and processes while observing their properties. Strong emphasis will be placed on the application of math and scientific principles, as well as technological impacts on industry and society. Project Costs: $15

METALS II: METAL MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
(T1178) METALS II: METAL MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: “B” or higher in Metals I and instructor approval
This course is a continuation of Metals I with emphasis on welding, machining and creation of metal products. Strong emphasis will be placed on problem solving skills along with continued application of math and scientific principles, as well as technological impacts on industry and society. Project Costs: $15 to $30
 
METALS III: METAL MANUFACTURING AND APPLIED ENGINEERING
(T1179) METALS III: METAL MANUFACTURING AND APPLIED ENGINEERING
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: “B” or better in Metals II and instructor approval.
This course is a continuation of Metals II with emphasis on metal manufacturing and advanced design and fabrication. Students will explore the technological and management process for conceptualizing and manufacturing a product. Experiences with product engineering, production engineering, manufacturing management and enterprise operations will occur. Students will also be given the opportunity to complete a large scale fabrication project that will incorporate advanced processes such as the use of CNC machines. Students will gain a strong understanding and application of math and scientific principles, as well as technological impacts on industry and society. Project Costs: Varies with each project.

METALS IV: ADVANCED METAL MANUFACTURING
(T1180) METALS IV: ADVANCED METAL MANUFACTURING
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 12
PREREQUISITE: “B” or better in Metals III and instructor approval
This course is a continuation of Metals III with continued emphasis on advanced design and fabrication of metal products. Students will be expected to design and fabricate a project(s) by using knowledge and skills gained in previous Metals courses. Students will continue to gain a strong understanding and application of math and scientific principles, as well as technological impacts on industry and society. Project Costs: Varies with each project.

WOOD I: WOOD MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
(T1185) WOOD I: WOOD MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
This course is designed to develop fundamental woodworking skills and an understanding of machine and power tool safety. In addition to learning basic woodworking skills and processes, students will also learn how to interpret working drawings, estimate project costs, and follow detailed procedure plans to construct and finish several projects. Students will apply math, measuring, and problem solving skills in the completion of these projects. Quality craftsmanship will be emphasized. Project Costs: $15.

WOOD II: WOOD MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
(T1186) WOOD II: WOOD MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: “B” or higher in Wood I and instructor approval.
This course allows students to develop advanced woodworking skills through the design and manufacture of wood products. After a review of the skills and content learned in Woods I, students will work in teams to design and mass-produce products for a given theme. Advanced manufacturing techniques will be discussed and utilized in the development of these products, with an emphasis on collaboration, problem solving, and quality craftsmanship. In addition, students will gain experience programming and operating high-tech machinery, including a CNC Router and Laser Engraver. Project Costs: $15 
 
WOOD III: WOOD PRODUCTION AND DESIGN
(T1187) WOOD III: WOOD PRODUCTION AND DESIGN
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: “B” or better in Wood II and instructor approval.
This is an advanced course in woodworking with an emphasis on product design. Students will use all available resources in the lab to develop unique solutions to a variety of woodworking design challenges. Students will experience all phases of the design process, including research, brainstorming, sketching, prototyping, construction, testing, and presenting. Project Costs: $15

WOOD IV: ADVANCED PRODUCT DESIGN
(T1188) WOOD IV: ADVANCED PRODUCT DESIGN
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 12
PREREQUISITE: “B” or higher in Wood III and instructor approval.
This course is a continuation of Wood III with an emphasis on the advanced design and manufacture of wood products. Students will be expected to design and complete an independent project by applying skills and knowledge gained in previous wood courses. Throughout this experience, students will experience all phases of the design process and be able to apply math and science concepts in a real-world application. Project Costs: $15 to $30. 
 
ENGINEERING / STEM
 
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN I
(T1155) ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN I
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: None
This course is recommended for students planning careers in architecture, construction management, engineering, architectural drafting technology or technically related fields implementing drafting and design. The course will introduce the student to architectural drafting and design. Emphasis is on the fundamentals used in architecture that influence the construction of today’s homes and contemporary structures. Students will communicate ideas visually and depict architectural elements using accepted standards, practices, and conventions. Problem solving and design skills are strengthened through 2D and 3D CAD applications. Students will use SOFTPLAN software to complete the 2D and 3D drawings. Students are evaluated on designs, drawings, projects and class performance.

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN II
(T1156) ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING AND DESIGN II
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Students must achieve a “C” or better in Architectural Drafting and Design I.
This advanced course is recommended for those who wish to pursue an education or vocation in architecture, architectural engineering, construction management, engineering, architectural drafting or technically related fields implementing drafting and design skills. Students will study the various elements, loads, components and systems of a building, how they come together and how they must be integrated during the design and construction. Students develop projects that include model construction, detailed working drawings, presentation drawings and renderings. Problem solving and design skills are strengthened through 2D and 3D CAD applications. Students will use SOFTPLAN software to complete the 2D and 3D drawings. Students are evaluated on designs, drawings, projects and class performance.

FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DRAFTING
(T1175) FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DRAFTING
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None
A beginning, lab oriented, course where students will represent objects and ideas graphically and communicate this information to others using accepted engineering standards. Drafting problems will be solved using SolidWorks 3D modeling software and traditional drafting equipment. Topics that will be covered are single-view drawings, geometric constructions, orthographic projection drawings and isometric drawings. Students will complete various SolidWorks tutorials to become comfortable creating and editing 3D parametric models. Students will be evaluated on their drawings, projects and classroom performance. 
 
COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING I
(T1164) COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING I
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering Design and Drafting is recommended but not required as a prerequisite.
This course is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, engineering technology, computer aided drafting technology or technical related fields implementing engineering design. Students will use engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also will learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and instructor. Students will create and edit parametric 3D models, develop orthographic and assembly working drawings and use dimensioning and specific annotations to meet ANSI standards. Students will also create 3D model prototypes used in CNC manufacturing. Students will become familiar with the SolidWorks 3D modeling software. SolidWorks is used in the engineering departments of many universities across the country including Penn State, Duke, Stanford and MIT.

HONORS COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING II
(T1151) HONORS COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING II
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: The student must have had a "B" or better in Computer Aided Drafting I (formerly Engineering Graphics).
This advanced computer aided drafting course is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, engineering technology, computer aided drafting technology or technical related fields implementing engineering design. Students will become highly skilled in the use of the SolidWorks 3D modeling software. Students will have the opportunity to work towards achieving the internationally recognized Certified SolidWorks Associate – Mechanical Design certification. SolidWorks is used in the engineering departments of many universities across the country including Penn State, Duke, Stanford and MIT. Students will create and edit parametric 3D models, develop orthographic and assembly working drawings and use dimensioning and specific annotations to meet ANSI standards. Students will also create 3D model prototypes used in 3D printing or additive manufacturing.

HONORS ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

(T1165) HONORS ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Computer Aided Drafting I (formerly Engineering Graphics) is highly recommended but not required as a prerequisite.
This course is designed for 11th and 12th grade students interested in pursuing a career in engineering. This is an engineering research course in which students will work in teams to research, design, test, and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The use of SolidWorks 3D design software helps the students design solutions to their open-ended engineering problem. This course also engages students in problem-solving and decision-making among people with different disciplinary perspectives, reflecting the current industry trend toward designing and developing products in cross-functional teams. Students will be exposed to such contemporary design and development issues as identifying customer needs, design for manufacturing, prototyping and industrial design. The students will use a set of product development techniques aimed at bringing together the marketing, design and manufacturing functions of a product design team. The team presents and defends their solution to a panel of peers and instructors. 

HONORS ELECTRONICS
(T1160) HONORS ELECTRONICS
(and ARDUINO-BASED PROGRAMMING)
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or higher

During this course of study, students will be learn about the fundamentals of electrical theory, components, and circuitry. Students will gain experience using computer simulations and breadboards to construct, test, and troubleshoot a variety of analog and digital circuits. Following the theory and application components of the course, students will learn how to program Arduino Microcontrollers utilizing a C-based programming language. Basic programming concepts will be discussed and implemented, including inputs/outputs, loops, logic, variables, and functions. The course will culminate with students researching and engineering an Arduino-based project of their choosing. The Arduino portion of this course incorporates the use of SparkFun® Inventor Kits and the SIK Curriculum Guide.


ROBOTICS

(T1161) ROBOTICS
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or higher

In this course of study, students will explore the programming of robots and design of mechanical systems. Through hands-on labs and challenges, students will learn how to program and build both autonomous and joystick-controlled robots. Throughout the course, students will apply mechanical concepts including gearing, torque, and speed while also using sensors to interact with the environment. This course is based upon curriculum developed by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, and incorporates VEX Robotics® Kits and the RobotC® programming language.


HONORS ROBOTICS
(T1162) HONORS ROBOTICS
DETAILS: 1 Trimester
CREDIT: 0.5
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Algebra II or higher

In this course of study, students will explore the field of robotics, including the programming of microcontrollers, the design of mechanical systems, and the industrial applications of robotic systems. Students will collaborate with peers and utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills to design the mechanical systems and programming for both autonomous and joystick-controlled robots. Through these challenges, students will be exposed to mechanical concepts including gearing, torque, speed, traction, and drive trains, while also using sensors and actuators to interact with the environment. This course is based upon curriculum developed by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, and incorporates VEX Robotics® Kits and the RobotC® programming language. 

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