Computer Technology

  • INTRO TO ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN/CAD I (9085)    Grades 10-12       5 Credits

    This course will introduce the basic principles of design and drawing utilizing state of the art CAD (computer aided design and drafting) software.  Two and three dimensional computer software along with animation provides an introduction to modern design and construction techniques.  Basic design elements will be taught along with design challenges and cooperative team building activities.  Students will have opportunities for field trips to local architectural landmarks and projects to have firsthand knowledge of the subject they have been studying.


    ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN/CAD II       (9086)    Grades 11-12       5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Intro to Architectural Design/CAD I

    Skills acquired during CAD I will be built upon to prepare students for the transition to the work place.  Tools learned during the intro to Architectural design will be used to develop real life in depth design solutions.  Students will gain experience in surveying, home design, the five phases of architectural design, and construction techniques.  Professional portfolio design and resume development will also be studied.  A continuation of field trip opportunities will also be offered.


    ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN/CAD III     (9087)                    Grades 12            5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Architectural Design/CAD II

    Continued advanced design and construction techniques will be pursued allowing students experience necessary in today’s job market.  Professional portfolios will be created along with polished resumes.  Design solutions to real projects will be pursued and explored.  Design challenges, presentations and critiques will be examined.


    CREATIVE DESIGN I         (9090)                              Grades 10-12                       5 Credits

    Creative Design 1 is an introductory course to The Digital Creative series that looks at the graphic elements and principles of design as related to practical products, systems, and environments. It introduces students to the design process practiced by artists, designers, and engineers, valuable to both future producers and consumers. Content includes problem solving, digital drawing, and modeling skills commonly used by designers; development of a design vocabulary; the nature and evolution of technological design; the impacts of design on society and the environment; patents and intellectual property; human factors; and team design.  Students learn Photography using the full capabilities of the modern Digital SLR Camera while learning specific digital imaging software packages and new design skills. Design problems are presented within real-world contexts using field trips and outside speakers. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation for art, design, engineering, and the creative process through STEM while document their work through a design portfolio.  This course has no prerequisites.


    CREATIVE DESIGN II    (9091)                 Grades 11-12                       5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Creative Design 1
    • Students enrolling in Creative Design II must have earned a grade of “C+” or better in Creative Design I

    Creative Design 2 is the second course to The Digital Creative series.  Building off of the design and photography skills and software knowledge learned in level one, this secondary course is designed to allow students to create commercial style graphics that tell stories through visual imagery. Students follow the design process while conceptualizing and brainstorming, refining ideas, and seeking market feedback while building professional advertisements.  Students are also introduced to 3D Modeling and animation with career tracks in motion picture production and video game design.  Students continue to develop an understanding and appreciation for art, design, engineering, and the creative process through STEM while document their work through a design portfolio.


    CREATIVE DESIGN III     (9092)                               Grades 12                            5 Credits

    Prerequisites:

    • Creative Design I; Creative Design II
    • Students enrolling in Creative Design III must have earned a grade of “B-” or better in Creative Design II.

    Creative Design III is the third and final course in The Digital Creative series.  Students work as a design team working in a highly specialized studio.  This course is designed as a capstone internship experience that is run like a business offering Photography, Design, and Advertising needs to real life clients. Students gain professional experience while completing a design portfolio. Students are expected to take a serious approach toward design to the best of their ability for real life clients who need design assistance.  Students also use studio time to further develop design skills in 3D Modeling and Animation.  An Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam is given upon conclusion of this course giving students a professional credential sought after in this creative career field.


    ENGINEERING & DESIGN I      (9094)                    Grades 10-12      5 Credits

    This course introduces students to problem solving techniques, engineering concepts, and the design process. Students will be exposed to 3D modeling, structures and mechanisms, transportation technologies, engineering drawing, and electronics, while investigating several Engineering disciplines.   This course promotes the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Project, which is a national educational movement promoting technology implementation and curriculum development throughout the country. Students will be able to synthesize and apply classroom knowledge, improving on their ability to problem solve and adjust to the new technologies of the world. Students enrolled in this class will be expected to use hand tools and machinery while working with various types of materials.


    ENGINEERING & DESIGN II          (9097)                   Grades 11-12       5 Credits

    This course is available to students who have completed Engineering & Design I and are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Engineering. The main focus of this course is to enable students to utilize materials and equipment to solve real-life problems through hands-on activities and modeling. This course will expand on concepts that were learned in Engineering & Design I. Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Aerospace Engineering, Alternative Energy, and the utilization of CAD software are just a few of the items that will be covered in the class.  Math and science concepts will be used throughout the projects designed and constructed in this course.


    ENGINEERING & DESIGN III     (9098)                 Grade 12             5 Credits

    This course is available to students who have completed both Engineering & Design I and Engineering & Design II and are interested in pursuing a career in the field of Engineering. The main focus of this course is to enable students to further utilize materials and equipment to solve real-life problems through hands-on activities and modeling. This course will serve as a Senior Capstone course for the Engineering & Design Program. Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, 3-Dimensional Printing, and the utilization of CAD software are just a few of the items that will be covered in the class.


    ELECTRONICS I             (9100)    Grades 10-12       5 Credits

    This course offers the student the opportu­nity to explore the basic principles of electricity from direct current to alternating current using resistance, capacitance, and inductance in circuits. An investigation of series and parallel circuits, using various components, will be expanded to household wiring and the repair of minor appliances. Basic electronic theories will be introduced, and students will become familiar with basic electronic testing equipment and basic troubleshooting proce­dures.


    ELECTRONICS II                     (9101)          Grades 11-12      5 Credits

    Prerequisite:

    • Electronics I

    This course expands the skills learned in Electronics I to the application of tran­sistors and other components to radio and television circuitry. Modern test equipment, its operation, and testing procedures will be used to check and evaluate radio frequencies, audio frequencies, and other subassemblies. Individual projects will be used to provide additional practical application of classroom studies.