Design and Drawing for Production: 7604 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
Architectural Drawing : 7612 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
This course challenges students in architectural design. It emphasizes architectural styles, kitchen and bath design, floor planning and drafting technique. Each student will have to design a house to meet specific criteria utilizing the principles of good design and then build a scale model. This course is good for students with a wide range of interests from construction, interior design, architectural drafting and design, to home ownership and home remodeling. Chief Architect is used for project design.
Pre-Engineering : 7622 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
A lab course designed for students who want to pursue an engineering, math/science or technology related career. Activities will include: engineering drawing, problem solving, machine tool theory, materials selection and technical data assessment. Students will participate in the identification, analysis and solving of engineering problems.
Computer Aided Drafting : 7632 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
This course gives students an understanding of the application and techniques of Computer Aided Drafting. Students use CAD to create technical drawing solutions for machine, architectural, and engineering drawing problems. This course is highly recommended for students entering engineering and technically related fields.
Creativity and Innovation : 7705 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
This course encourages the solving of technical problems through the use of student inspired design. It is a STEM based design and drawing class that will explore topics such as automobile design, magnetic levitation, architecture, packaging and geometry. Given a defined supply of materials, students will use laboratory facilities to optimize solutions to stated technical problems. Offered at Durgee Junior High only.
Robotics : 7706 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use VEX robotics platform to design, build, and program real world objects, such as traffic lights, toll booths and robotic arms. Offered at Durgee Junior High only.
Robotics Engineering : 7633 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
This class challenges students to work through the key steps of Engineering Design as a means for problem-solving using equipment from Vex Robotics. Students will be asked to design, assemble, program and operate a robot for specific task completion and competition. The class will work in teams and continually work to modify and improve their robots for the best possible performance. Students will also be asked to complete some research on applied robotics which are currently being developed or used in industry. Offered at Baker only.
Energy and Power : 7707 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
Explore the range of technologies including types of energy: wind, hydro, solar, kinetic and basic electricity in this hands-on 20 week elective course. In this course students will build working models to gain first hand knowledge and information as how each systems works independently as well as on the 'grid' by applying general knowledge of technology, physics and math skills. Offered at Durgee Junior High only.
Students will develop practical skills while producing several useful take-home projects. A variety of materials and processes (both modern and traditional) will be utilized. Project areas will include: wood, sheet metal, wrought iron and acrylics.
Production (Construction and Manufacturing) : 7722 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
A skills development course for students interested in construction and/or manufacturing. Activities will include a school/community construction project, a mass production product and/or an involved individual project. A hands on course for students interested in construction and/or manufacturing. The course will cover construction techniques and careers. The class project will include building either a model home or full size shed. Students then design a product, set up an assembly line and then produce the design.
Communications Systems : 7502 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
Graphic Communications : 7512 : (Graphic Arts) : 20 weeks :1/2 Credit
This course is designed for anyone interested in print communications, commercial art or photography. Advanced printing activities include layout and design, computer graphics with Adobe Photoshop, shirt designs, ads, surreal and house composition. It is recommended that the student first take Communication Systems 7502 or have a good working knowledge of computers.
Media Production Technology : 7522 : (Multi Media Production) : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
This course will give students an understanding of the major communications media and also how to use these various types of media. The forms of media which students will be utilizing will include: audio, video, integrated electronic media and computer-controlled media with a strong emphasis on digital video. Using Adobe software, projects include music video, history of movie trailers, destination video and claymation.
Radio Broadcasting & Communications : 9771 : 20 weeks : 1/2 Credit
This course is designed for any student interested in exploring radio broadcasting and audio communication. Students will gain knowledge of how a radio station functions, proper broadcasting procedures, and design personal broadcasting projects to be carried out on the air! Students will participate in radio station operation for WBXL. This course is a great opportunity for those interested in a career related to radio or TV broadcasting and communications!
A course for anyone interested in automobiles or any motorized vehicles. Included are activities that will help a consumer avoid fraud and get the most for their money when dealing with automobiles. Activities include: car maintenance, car care, tune ups, brake repair, lubrication, cooling systems, tire and body care and small engines.
Math/Science/Technology : 3500 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Earned two Math credits and two science credits prior to enrollment and passed 1 math and 1 science Regents examination
This course is designed to meet the need of a third math or third science credit. The purpose of this course is to ensure the use of problem-solving techniques in order to increase students’ understanding that Math, Science and Technology are inherently interactive and are an integral part of society. This course is designed to have a thematic approach to real world problems. Possible themes include transportation, mechanical systems, energy, toys, medicine, health & wellness, communication, electronics, home, and engineering and design.
Introduction to Engineering Design is an introductory course, which develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing a 3-D model or solid rendering of an object. Students focus on the application of visualization processes and tools provided by modern, state of-the-art, computer hardware and software. Offered at Durgee Junior High only.
PTLW-Digital Electronics : 7662 : 40 weeks : 1 Credit
Digital Electronics is a course of study in applied digital logic. The course is patterned after the first semester course in Digital Electronics taught in two and four year colleges. Students will study the application of electronic logic circuits and devices and apply Boolean logic to the solution of problems. Such circuits are found in watches, calculators, video games, computers and thousands of other devices. The use of smart circuits is present in virtually all aspects of our lives and its use is increasing rapidly, making digital electronics an important course of study for a student exploring a career in engineering/engineering technology. Using Electronics Workbench (EWB), the industry standard, students will test and analyze simple and complex digital circuitry. Students will design circuits using EWB, export their designs to a printed circuit auto routing program that generates printed circuit boards, and construct the design using chips and other components.
PTLW-Aerospace Engineering : 7670 : 40 weeks : 1 Credit
Aerospace engineering is a course of study in aerodynamics. The course expands student’s horizons with projects developed by astronauts, space-life sciences, systems engineering, and NASA-aerodynamics. Students will have the opportunity to use flight simulators, as well as a wind tunnel to test engineering designs.
PLTW - Principles of Engineering : 7672 : 40 weeks : 1 Credit
This is a broad-based survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities. Students will develop engineering problem solving skills that are involved in post-secondary education programs and engineering careers. They will explore various engineering systems and manufacturing processes. The main purpose of this course is to experience through theory and hands-on problem-solving activities what engineering is and “Is a career in engineering or engineering technology for me:”
PLTW - Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) : 7682 : 40 weeks : 1 Credit
This course is an introduction to Robotics and CNC Machining. Builds upon the computer solid modeling design skills developed in PLTW - Design Drawing for Production (DDP). Students will be presented with design problems that require the use of AutoCAD Inventor to develop solutions to problems. They will use rapid prototyping equipment to produce three-dimensional models of the solutions, as well as learn how to program a CNC machine and Robots to create their design. This is a hands on engineering course.
PLTW - Engineering Design and Development (EDD) : 7654 : 40 weeks : 1 Credit
In this course, students will work in teams of two to four to design and construct the solution to an engineering problem, applying the principles developed in the four preceding courses. The problem may be selected from a database of engineering problems, be a recognized national challenge or be an original engineering problem identified by the team and approved by the teacher. The problems will involve a wide range of engineering applications (e.g. a school robo-mascot, automated solar water heater, remote control hover craft). Students will maintain a journal as part of a portfolio of their work. Each team will be responsible for delivering progress reports and making final presentations of their project to an outside review panel.
An exciting and interactive experience for anyone knowledgeable in the use of computers and the web. Html coding is used to develop interactive webpages. Activities will include tutorials, small assignments and putting a web page online with wix.
Program Design and Development (OCC CSC 110) : 6433 : 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
C++ is becoming the language of choice for introducing college students across the country to computer science and programming. This 1/2-unit course is an introductory course to computer programming using the C++ computer language. Topics to be covered include history of computers, computer architecture, variables and constants, math operations, decision making, if/else statements, loops, and functions. This course is highly recommended for students interested in careers in computer science, engineering, or business.
PLTW- Computer Science Essentials / Introduction to Computer Science : 2955 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
This course is designed to be the first computer science course for students who have never programmed before. It is a fun, foundational course that helps prepare students for success in the PLTW Computer Science program. In PLTW Computer Science Essentials, students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. They will use a visual programming language and advance to text-based programming. Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to apply computational thinking practices and collaborate just as computing professionals do to create products that address topics and problems important to them. This is a hands-on course. Students will work in teams to create solutions and problem-solve. This course is only offered at Durgee Junior High
Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles (PLTW) : 6433 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Algebra I Examination with an 80% average is suggested
Open doors in any career with computer science. Students create apps for mobile devices, automate tasks in a variety of languages, find patterns in data, and interpret simulations. Students collaborate to create and present solutions that can improve people’s lives. How will computing and connectivity transform your world: Unit 1: Algorithms, Graphics, and Graphical User Interfaces (48%) Unit 2: The Internet (18%) Unit 3: Raining Reigning Data (17%) Unit 4: Intelligent Behavior (17%) This course is highly recommended for students interested in careers in computer science, engineering, or business. This course will require strong reading and logic/reasoning skills. All students enrolled in this course must take the Advanced Placement exam given in May. A fee will be charged for the AP exam.
Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A (PLTW) : 6434 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Passed Computer Science Principles or C++
This course is the second course in the PLTW Computer Science Pathway. We currently offer the first course. CSA focuses on integrating technologies across multiple platforms and networks, including the Internet. Students collaborate to produce programs that integrate mobile devices and leverage those devices for distributed collection and data processing. Students analyze, adapt, and improve each other’s programs while working primarily in Java™ and other industry-standard tools. This course prepares students for the College Board’s Advanced Placement CS-A test and aligns with CSTA Level 3C Standards. All students enrolled in this course must take the Advanced Placement exam given in May. A fee will be charged for the AP exam.
PLTW Cybersecurity: 6435: 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Previously taken at least one computer science class or C++
Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely.