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    Chairperson: Ellen Green
     
    Building: NASH
    Phone: (724) 934-7200     X7430


    1 - S.T.E.M. Course
     

     

    Grade 9, 10
     
     
     
    Semester
    Game Development1
    Exploring CADD (Computer Aided Drawing &Design)Manufacturing
    Electricity and Electronics1
    Exploring Emerging Technologies1
    Exploring Creation and Innovation1
    Exploring Robotic Engineering1
    Television Production

    Full Year
    Cisco Academy-IT Essentials
    Introduction to Engineering Design (Honors)1
    Principles of Engineering (Honors)                                  
     
     
    #9505
    #9806
    #9503
    #9805
    #9704
    #9601
    #9506
    #1910


    #9508
    #9703
    #9702

     

    Grade 11, 12
     
     
     
    Semester
    Game Development1
    Advanced Game Development1
    Exploring CADD (Computer Aided Drawing &Design)1
    Robotic Engineering1
    Advanced Robotic Engineering1
    Materials
    Emerging Technologies1
    Creation and Innovation1
    Construction Systems


    Full Year
    Mechanical CADD1
    Architectural CADD1
    Introduction to Engineering Design (Honors)(PLTW)1
    Digital Electronics (Honors)(PLTW)1
    Principles of Engineering (Honors)(PLTW)1
    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (Honors)(PLTW)1
    Materials
    Stage Technology and Production

    Advanced Stage Technology and Production 
                      
     
    #9505
    #9605
    #9806
    #9507
    #9502
    #9504
    #9408
    #9602
    #9608


    #9411
    #9412
    #9703
    #9701
    #9702
    #9705
    #9404
    #9908
    #9909

     

     
    GAME DEVELOPMENT                                                                
    No. 9505      CHS
     
    Sem/Full Time                                                                           
    Credit .5
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    Game Development is a game design course...and much more.  technical skills such as programming, graphic design, animation, testing and debugging will be taught in this course. Skills taught will be transferable to other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career paths.  Game Development will begin with drag and drop programming and advance to more complex projects that involve writing code.  The engineering problem solving cycle plays a large role with integrating physics and math principles into game functionality. After you have learned how to develop and program a game, you will investigate how to market an original game idea.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

      
     
    ADVANCED GAME DEVELOPMENT                                  
    No. 9605        CHS 
     
    Sem/Full Time                                                                          
    Credit .5
    Grades 11, 12

    Advanced Game Development will expand upon the principles of two-dimensional game design learned in Game Development and introduce students to the principles of three-dimensional modeling and animation for game development. Topics will include modeling, animating, lighting, camera angles, and texturing. Through the use of a game engine, students will implement controls, physics, collision detection, sound, animation, and memory management. Students will use C# programming language, the Unity 3d editor, and many the concepts that are used in successful game design. They will also become familiar with elements of game play and project management concepts, as related video games. Students will utilize STEM skills as they apply the design process to the creation of their own games. 

    Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Game Development

     

    EXPLORING CREATION AND INNOVATION
    No. 9601
    Sem/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 9, 10

    In this course, students will develop solutions to given situations using problem-solving models. Activities will utilize STEM related concepts combined with the operation of automated equipment in order to create prototypes and solutions. Students will research, design, prototype, manufacture, and test products that they have created themselves. Students will discover how to apply engineering design, scientific principles, and engineering analysis to solve real
    world problems. Problems will be based on the PA State Standards for Technology and Engineering Education. Individual and group work will be emphasized through the problem-solving process. The class will expose students to the use of vinyl cutters, 3D printers, laser engravers and embroidery machines.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    EXPLORING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
    No. 9704
    Sem/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 9, 10

    In this course, students will develop solutions to given situations using problem-solving models. Activities will utilize STEM related concepts combined with the operation of automated machines in order to create prototypes and solutions. Students will research, design, prototype, manufacture, and test products that they have created themselves. Students will discover how to apply engineering design, scientific principles, and engineering analysis to solve real world problems. Problems will be based on the PA State Standards for Technology and Engineering Education. Individual and group work will be emphasized through the problem-solving process. The class will prepare students for the challenges of today and the future’s dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problemsolving skills.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    EXPLORING CADD 
    (Computer Aided Drawing & Design)
    No. 9806
    Sem/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    This course is an introduction to drafting and design for students interested in learning how engineering is done using CADD to communicate technical information. Autodesk software will be utilized on the PC platform. Programs used will include Autocad, Inventor, and REVIT. Students will learn techniques of drawing, dimensioning, modeling, and symbol use. Areas of engineering addressed will include mechanical, architecture, structural, and civil. Both 2D and 3D modeling will be taught, including rendering (color, shadowing, and animation of drawings). Students will learn about the materials used in manufacturing, the machines and methods of manufacturing, and related careers.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    MANUFACTURING 
    No. 9403
    Full Year/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 9, 10

    Newertechnologies related to manufacturing will be incorporated into the developmentand construction of woodworking products. The use of CADD (Computer AidedDrawing and Design) software, a CNC(Computer Numerical Controlled) Router and a Laser Engraver will be used to add individual design to assignedactivities.

    The focus of this hands-on course will be to gain a fundamental understandingof wood, woodworking machines, and hand tools. The safe operation of machinery, hand-held power and hand tools willalso be discussed. Students will be introduced to the materials, drawings andtools used in the manufacturing of individual products. Students will becomefamiliar with jigs and fixtures as a way to create quality products. 

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     
     
    MANUFACTURING
    No. 9503
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 9, 10

    This course is the semester version of Course #9403.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    ELECTRICITY & ELECTRONICS     CHS
    No. 9805
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 9, 10

    This course is an introduction to electricity/electronics designed for students interested in learning how electricity can be safe and exciting. Students learn about electronic components and how they are used to design and assemble light and sound controlled circuits. Students will then construct their own printed circuit board of a burglar alarm with different sensor switches. Soldering wires, solid state components, using digital meters, and operating power supplies for testing circuits are just a few of the hands-on activities in this course. How electricity is used in the home will be introduced through floor plans and the wiring of basic house circuits.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    CISCO ACADEMY - IT ESSENTIALS
    No. 9508
    Full Year/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grade 9, 10

    Students will be exposed to the computer hardware and software skills needed to helpmeet the growing demand for entry-level information and communicationtechnology (ICT) professionals. This course covers the fundamentals of PCtechnology, networking, and security, and also provides an introduction toadvanced concepts.  Concepts coveredinclude; internal components of a computer, assembly of a computer system,installation of an operating system, and troubleshooting using system tools anddiagnostic software. Hands-on labs involve the use of desktop computers, laptops, hand held devices and peripheral items. The course helps students prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    EXPLORING ROBOTIC ENGINEERING     CHS
    No. 9506
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 9, 10

    Students will acquire a basic understanding oft ypes of robots, how they operate, and their application in manufacturing and entertainment. This is a hands-on project based course introduces the student to generations of robots through a unique curriculum collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University.  Classroom and lab activities will include assembling and operating pneumatic(air) components and programming electric jointed arm robots and building robots using LEGO NXT Mindstorm® and Vex Robotics® systems.  Models of robots and assembly lines will be designed using a LEGO Digital Designer® program.  Furthermore students will design and build various robots to complete many challenges including walled maze, obstacle course, sumo battle and mech battle.  Students will design and produce a marble maze utilizing a CNC router and etching a design using a laser engraver.  Students are also encouraged to design custom components for their robots utilizing the CNC router and laser engraver. S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts will be addressed throughout the course. 

    Criteria for Selection – Electricity & Electronics 1 is recommended, but not required.

     

    ROBOTIC ENGINEERING
    No. 9507
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 11, 12

    This Robotics course will provide students the opportunity to continue the study of robots and automated control systems gained through work in the level one course.  Classroom and lab activities will include, using computers and programmable logic controllers to control pneumatic (air) mechanical systems used in manufacturing, product testing, and amusement, building mobile robots using LEGO NXT Mindstorm® and Vex Robotics® systems with vision and radio control will also be experienced in this course. Students arealso encouraged to design custom components for their robots utilizing the CNC router and laser engraver.  S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering,and Math) concepts will be addressed throughout the course.

    Criteria for SelectionExploring Robotic Engineering required and Electricity & Electronics recommended, but not required.

     

    ADVANCED ROBOTIC ENGINEERING
    No. 9502
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 11, 12

    Students will capstone a S.T.E.M.* journey with robotics at this level. Continued exposure to robotics and coding through use of the VEX Cortex system and RobotC software. Students will develop studentdriven, job specific (i.e., programmer, fabricators, and marketing)robotic projects based off real problems presented by industry usingcustom mechatronics components and Andrino boards. Conceptssuch as material processes, machining, welding, plasma cutting, CNC, and Rapid Prototyping will be involved in designing and building custom robots.

    Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of a previous Robotics course.

     

    TELEVISION PRODUCTION
    No. 1910
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grade 9, 10

    Students will have the opportunity to explore TV Production in this course. They will learn the basic aspects of production including script writing, story board preparation, audio production, directing, editing, camera techniques, and special effects. The class is open to any student interested in communications, public relations, acting, or technical production.

    Criteria for Selection – Application/interview process possible due to limited class size.

     

    MATERIALS - Wood, Metal, and Plastic
    No. 9404
    Full Year/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 11, 12

    This full-year course provides an opportunity to improve and advance knowledge and skills in using a variety of materials. Although wood is the primary material for the course, plastic and metal are explored and can be utilized in the student designed projects. Students will design and produce projects that will improve their skills, understanding, and knowledge of material processes. More advanced techniques in the use of machines, tools, manufacturing processes, and finishing procedures related to various materials will be included. Careers to which this study could lead include all types of manufacturing, engineering, construction, materials design, cabinetmaking, and carpentry.

    Criteria for Selection – None

     

    MATERIALS - Wood, Metal, and Plastic
    No. 9504
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 11, 12

    This course is the semester version of course #9404.

    Criteria for Selection – None

     

    CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS
    No. 9608
    Semester/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 11, 12

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the characteristics of constructed structures. Architectural plans, site layout/preparation, building codes, permits, specifications, and materials estimating are included. Instruction will be given in masonry, mechanical aspects (electrical, plumbing, heating), roofing, and interior/exterior finishing. Building (framing) a scale model of part of a house is part of the hands-on experience provided by taking this course. Along with residential construction, the student will develop, produce, use, and assess structures while studying architectural design, structural engineering, and community planning concepts. This course will provide a good background for students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction, and building trades. It will also allow the students to become a more knowledgeable homeowner.

    Criteria for Selection – None        

     

    EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
    No. 9408
    Sem/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 11, 12

    This course will allow students to design and build solutions to technological problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills while designing and physically creating solutions to problems based
    on the PA State Standards. Many of the problems will replicate ones that engineers are faced with. This course is designed to be the hands-on application of many academic disciplines such as math, science, physics, history, and language arts.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    CREATION AND INNOVATION
    No. 9602
    Sem/Full Time
    Credit .5
    Grades 11, 12

    In this course, students will develop solutions to given in depth situations using problem-solving models. Activities will utilize STEM related concepts based on the PA State Standards for Technology and Engineering Education. This course will involve the operation of automated
    equipment such as vinyl cutters, 3D printers, laser engravers and embroidery machines in order to create prototypes and solutions.  Students will research, design, prototype, manufacture, and test products that they have created themselves. Students will discover how to apply engineering design, scientific principles, and engineering analysis to solve real world problems.

    Criteria for Selection – None.

     

    STAGE TECHNOLOGY & PRODUCTION
    No. 9908
    Full Year/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 11, 12 

    This course will cover the principles and techniques of stagecraft, including stage terminology, theater architecture, scenic construction, set painting, tool and machine use, set materials, and production organization.  Implementation of lighting design including reading a light plot, hanging a show, utilizing lighting instruments, programming computer light boards, programming computer sound boards, and utilizing color theory.  Ultimately, all efforts will be centered toward the creation of a functional space, mood, and style for each school production.

    Criteria for Selection – None. 

     

    ADVANCED STAGE TECHNOLOGY & PRODUCTION
    No. 9909
    Full Year/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 11, 12 

    This course will cover advanced principles, techniques and technologies of stagecraft.  Students will be responsible for Lighting Design, Sound Design, Set construction, and Stage Management for three school productions.  A deep understanding of sound design, sound board operation, lighting design, and light board operation will be applied to each of the productions.  Students will be working directly with show directors in a collaborative environment to bring the director’s vision to life.

    Criteria for Selection – Successful cmpletetion of Stage Technology and Production. 

     

    MECHANICAL CADD
    Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 
    No. 9411
    Full Year/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 11, 12

    The course involves the development of advanced drafting techniques.  Areas of study include surface development, auxiliary views, modeling, working drawings, assembly drawings, architectural design, and architectural structures. Advanced 3D model techniques will be
    used, and animations will be generated from the CADD files. 3D printing and laser engraving problems will be enhanced within the course. Portfolio development will be a focus. 

    Autodesk products will be used on the PC including AUTOCAD & Inventor.

    Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Exploring CADD (#9806).

     

    ARCHITECTURAL CADD
    Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 
    No. 9412
    Full Year/Full Time
    Credit 1.0
    Grades 12

    The focus of this course will be the design and development of residential and commercial structures. Units of study introduce students to standard practice in the design of single family homes and provides an opportunity for students to develop a small single family
    home design that incorporates sustainable design practices as well as universal design features. Students will also design commercial buildings following the area design codes.

    Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Exploring CADD (#9806).

     

    INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING & DESIGN(Honors)(PLTW)
    No. 9703
    FY/Full Time
    Credit 1.0                                                                                          
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

    In Introduction to Engineering Design students are introduced to the engineering profession and methods to use to approach solutions of engineering problems. The course will utilize activity-project-problem-based teaching. Students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, will be used to solve problems and use engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and will use current 3D modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. The development of computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized.  This is an honors level course.

    Recommendation:  have taken or are currently enrolled in Algebra I


      
    DIGITAL ELECTRONICS (Honors)(PLTW)
    No. 9701
    FY/Full Time
    Credit 1.0                                                                                          
    Grades 11, 12

    Digital Electronics is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world of electron-ics. The major focus of the DE course is to expose student to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication
    methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Utilizing the activity-project/problem based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build digital electronic circuits. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their professional skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the circuit design process.

    Recommendation:  Successful completion of Intro to Engineering Design (#9703).

     

    PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (Honors)(PLTW)
    No. 9702
    FY/Full Time
    Credit 1.0                                                                                          
    Grades 10, 11, 12

    Principles of Engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course.  Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. This course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. Students have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity, project, and problem-based (APB) learning. By solving rigorous and relevant design problems using engineering and science concepts within a collaborative learning environment, APB learning challenges students to continually home their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning.

    Recommendation:  Successful completion of Intro to Engineering Design (#9703).

     

    COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING (Honors)(PLTW)
    No. 9705
    FY/Full Time
    Credit 1.0                                                                                          
    Grades 11, 12

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of efficiently creating the products all around us. Students build upon their Computer Aided Design & Drawing (CADD) experience through the use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. CAM transforms a digital design into a program that a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine used to transform a block of raw material into a product designed by a student. Students learn and apply concepts related to integrated robotic systems such as Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and robotic arms into manufacturing systems. Digital Electronics is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world of electronics.  The major focus of the DE course is to expose student to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication
    methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Utilizing the activity project/problem based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build digital electronic circuits. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their professional skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the circuit design process. Throughout the course students learn about manufacturing processes and systems.  This course culminates with a capstone project where students design, build, program and present a manufacturing system model capable of creating a product.

    Recommendation:  Successful completion of Intro to Engineering Design (#9703).