These are the courses offered in the 2014-15 Program Of Studies:

Grades 9-12 Year-long 1 credit
Engineering Design introduces the student to the universal language of technical drawing. Students will complete 3D drawings while studying the following topics: geometric construction, orthographic drawing, multi-view drawing anddimension techniques. Students will also study CNC machining. Parts designed on the computer using the Computer Aided Design system (CAD) software will be manufactured on the 3 axis CNC mill. CNC mill projects will include parts for the electric vehicle, robot parts and individual student projects. This course is a good introduction to the engineering language of computer aided design.

Grades 10-12 Semester-long ½ credit
This course is designed to expand on the technical skills developed in Engineering Design with a greater emphasis on CNC machining, 3D assembles, animations and analysis. Students in this course will also assist with the design and manufacture of parts for the electric vehicle and robotics programs. Students seriously considering engineering should consider this course. This course may be taken multiple times to continue skill advancement.
Prerequisite: Engineering Design

Grades 10-12 Year-long 1 credit
Architectural Design provides an opportunity for problem solving and design as related to residential house planning through the Computer Aided Design system (CAD). The student will select a building lot locally and then prepare and produce a complete set of construction plans. Technical drawing skills previously obtained in Engineering Graphics are utilized to draw up preliminary house designs which are then finalized on the CAD system. Drawings include a plot plan, floor plan, elevations, electrical and plumbing plans and a door/window schedule. The majority of classroom time centers about the CAD system. Students interested in engineering should elect CAD and electronics course.

Grades 9-12 Year-long 1 credit
This is an introductory course which offers students an opportunity to engage in hands-on design, construction and engineering activities. These activities teach both mechanical and engineering skills and the science behind the technology. Students design, build, and test through each of the units. We will study construction and CAD through the building of trebuchets, aerodynamic concepts through the building and testing of airplane wings, and engineering through the construction of underwater ROV robots. Students also engage in design-construction-evaluation activities which teach drafting, layout, CNC machining, construction and prototyping.

Grades 11-12 Year-long 1 credit
This course will introduce students to the technology of electric vehicles and the engineering process. Students will design, build and test a working electric vehicle for the National Electrathon Competition. Electricity, circuits, battery science, electric motors, welding, metal fabrication, steering systems and more will be studied and applied. Students will find answers to real design problems and apply mechanical skills as they create a working electric race vehicle.

Grades 10-12 Year-long 1 credit
This course explores the woodworking process through hands-on learning. Students learn tool and machinery technique, and design and problem solving, as they build projects which start simple and progress. Students will learn all the steps in the carpentry process from planning and material characteristics to applying finish. Projects such as Adirondack chair construction utilize hand tools, power equipment and CNC software and machinery. Safety, accuracy and professionalism are emphasized in this lab-based course

Grades 11-12 Semester-long ½ credit
This course is a continuation in the studies of woodworking technology. Students will build on their learning from the previous woodworking course. Focus will be on hands on laboratory activities. Students learn tool and machinery technique as well as design and problem solving as they build. Students strengthen their skills as they explore the carpentry process from design to finishing. Safety, accuracy and professionalism are emphasized in this lab based course. This course may be taken multiple times to continue skill advancement.

Grades 10-12 Semester-long ½ credit
This course is an introduction to creating, editing and printing digital images. Students will learn the basics of taking pictures with a digital single lens reflex camera. They will also learn to use Adobe Photoshop to edit images for print and the web. Topics include controlling depth of focus, controlling motion, ISO settings, lighting, file formats, image editing, and matting techniques. This course is recommended for students interested in photography and graphic art.

Grades 11-12 Semester-long ½ credit
This course is designed to expand on the technical and creative concepts acquired in digital photography. Topics of instruction include: shooting in RAW format, advanced digital camera functions, exposure control, introduction to flash and studio lighting, lens types and filter use, and further understanding of image editing using Adobe Photoshop. This course is recommended for serious photography students who have a good understanding of basic camera functions and image editing. Limited space. This course may be taken multiple times to continue skill advancement, if space is available.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography

Grades 9-12 Semester-long ½ credit
This course is designed to provide students with a background in videography and editing. Students will learn camera operation, digital editing, audio dubbing, compositionand sequencing while working as part of a production team. The course follows a progression from basic camera skills to advanced editing processes. Course content is presented first through lecture, then demonstration, and finally student-produced projects. Projects will include stills to video, advertisements, public service announcements, news programs and television production.

Grades 9-12 Semester-long ½ credit
Advanced Video Production provides students with the opportunity to further their learning in digital videography and editing. The focus will be on television production for WLYM, the high school news station. Techniques in digital character generation, video mixing, advanced editing, and multi-camera production will be explored. Projects will include WLYM student news, school commercial productions, and public service announcements.
Prerequisite: Video Production

Power and Energy Mechanics is a set of four semester-long ½ credit courses. Students may choose to take any or all of the courses, and in no particular order. Though the courses share a distinct thread surrounding the study of what powers ourtechnological world, they each focus on a topic allowing students to pick and choose among the classes. Classes generally run in an alternating yearly cycle, with two of the four available classes offered each year.

Grades 10-12 Semester-long 1/2 credit
This course studies mechanics and the internal combustion engine. Students will be able to disassemble, inspect, diagnose and rebuild a small gas engine. Students will also learn engine maintenance and repair, diagnostics and machining. The course allows students to learn the proper use of mechanic’s tools and equipment, along with safe working procedures. The course also offers opportunities for Briggs and Stratton factory certification and the beginning of Yamaha factory marine certification.

Grades 10-12 Semester-long 1/2 credit
This course studies electricity through hands on wiring and building activities. Students learn how their homes are wired by constructing walls and electrical components which recreate a home’s wiring system. They learn proper wiring technique along with the science of electricity. Electricity is further explored through the construction of circuits which start simply and progress to the construction of a radio. Finally, we construct working electric motors as we study engineering and the science behind motor operation

Grades 10-12 Semester-long 1/2 credit
This course studies alternative energy and engineering through the design, construction, and testing of working alternative energy systems. Students build and test wind turbines, passive solar heaters, photovoltaic systems and energy storage devices. Students not only learn the science behind these systems but the mechanics as well. They use tools and equipment in their hands-on construction. From hand tools to 3D Design software and CNC machining, all are taught and employed in the creation of projects such as wind turbine blades and solar heater.

Grades 10-12 Semester-long 1/2 credit
This course studies marine transportation and engineering through hands-on activities. Students learn hydrodynamics and boat hull design by machining their own boat hull shapes and testing them in a tank. They engage in boat building through small wooden craft construction such as kayaks and prams. Students also work collaboratively on a ROV submarine project where they learn submarine technology and engineering. This can include propeller design, electronics, buoyancy, tool and equipment use and more

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