6th Grade Technology and Engineering Education:The sixth grade technology class is an activity-based, 9 week course introducing students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathmatics). STEM concepts will be taught using VEX IQ robotics. Students will program robots using the RobotC graphical language to complete various challenges.Students begin a manufacturing experience by using hand tools guided use of the 1" belt sander and drill press. CADD (Computer Aided Design & Drafting) will be used to produce engineering drawings that will be utilized by the student to transform raw materials into finished products.7th Grade Technology Education:The seventh grade technology class is a 6 week course which continues the study of STEM and manufacturing processes. Students will continue using STEM by prgramming robots to interact in virtual environments. An introduction to game programing will also reinforce the STEM concepts. Manufacturing skills will continue to be developed by introducing the scroll saw and 6" belt sander. Instruction in the safe and proper use of hand and power tools is an important component of the class. These tools/machines are utilized for cutting, forming materials.8th Grade Technology Education:The eighth grade technology class is a 12 week course in which students study STEM and manufacturing with an emphasis on problem solving. STEM will be a focus with the continued study and graphical programming of robots. Students will use ROBOTC graphical interface software to write and program VEX IQ robots. Programming will include the use of a variety of sensors and how they react to different commands. The engineering design loop will be introduced to students and used to solve challenges.The study of manufacturing will continue introducing the students to the use of the band saw and router. Emphasis is placed on safety, quality control, production processes, evaluation of feedback, recognition of technological problems, and developing alternative solutions.