Technology Education is the application of tools, materials, processes and systems used to solve problems and provide benefits to humankind. This may include, but is not limited to, the use of computers and instructional technology. Effective technology education combines knowledge of content, process, and skills to provide students with a holistic approach to learning. Technology education offers unique opportunities to apply numerous academic concepts through practical, hands-on application. Students who elect technology education courses are better prepared for meeting life and career goals in our rapidly changing technological world. Lab fees will be assessed in those courses where the project becomes the property of the student.
This course provides the student with an understanding of the various aspects of the electricity/electronics and engineering industries. Students use the laboratory experiences and lab equipment to design and create projects that promote safety in the use of electronic equipment. Knowledge of basic electronic components, electrical circuits and design concepts are gained. Students build motors, various transportation vehicles, and use CO2 cartridges, solar panels, transformers, capacitors, and related electronic components. A small lab fee is required for student projects. The course is offered to students from both high schools but is taught at Red Land.
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Electrical Engineering Transportation I
This course offers students an opportunity to construct and experiment with various electronic concepts and design techniques using lab experimentations that utilize various energy sources. Knowledge of design concepts, electronic components, and circuit design is gained. Student selected projects support troubleshooting. A computer simulation system is used to support concepts and designing of electronic schematics. A small lab fee is required for student projects. The course is offered to students from both high schools but is taught at Red Land.
Students learn the skills and tools necessary to completely rebuild a small gas engine and may also learn the basics of home car care. The course is designed for any student interested in learning the skills needed to care for lawn, garden, and automotive equipment. It provides a solid foundation for students seeking further education in mechanical, automotive, or power transportation. The course is taught at Red Land. Cedar Cliff teaches Mechanical Engineering as well, but the course does not focus solely on small gas engines. Areas of study include power, electronics, robotics and pneumatics as well as engines.
APPLIED ENGINEERING - CC RL
Students will gain experience by researching, designing and producing assignments involving engineering. Students will develop thinking skills, teamwork and problem solving skills. Areas covered will be Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. This course is designed for the students seeking experience in engineering and wishing to explore the various disciplines of the engineering profession. This course is strongly recommended for any student considering a career in engineering or a related field.
NETWORKING I: NETWORKING FOR HOME AND SMALL BUSINESSES
This course teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level home network installer jobs. It also helps students develop some of the skills needed to become network technicians, computer technicians, cable installers, and help desk technicians. It provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. Instructors are encouraged to facilitate field trips and outside-the-classroom learning experiences. Labs include PC installation of game consoles, scanners, and cameras. This course is only taught at Cedar Cliff.
NETWORKING II: WORKING AT A SMALL-TO-MEDIUM BUSINESS OR ISP
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Networking I
This course prepares students for jobs as network technicians. It also helps students develop additional skills required for computer technicians and help desk technicians. It provides a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide e-mail service, Web space, and authenticated access. Students also learn about soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions. Network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills are taught in context. This course is only taught at Cedar Cliff.
IT ESSENTIALS I: PC HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
This course introduces students to information technology and data communications. Students develop the necessary skills to enter this field by building a computer, installing the operating system, adding peripherals, connecting the computer to a local area network and to the Internet. This is a hands-on, lab-oriented course that stresses laboratory safety and working effectively in a group environment. At the end of this course, students should possess the academic information and experience necessary to pass Comp TIA’s A+ certification. This certification is to test the student’s knowledge of learning objectives for a career as a Computer Repair Technician. This course is only taught at Cedar Cliff.
This course provides students with opportunities to participate in the construction of a building using up-to-date construction techniques. Additionally, students receive instruction in estimating building costs, utilizing computer software, reading blueprints, determining materials to be used, and using tools and machines of construction.
MATERIALS PROCESSINGGrades 9-12
This course is designed to teach students skills in material processes and prepare for a career in manufacturing. Students enjoy working with wood, metal, and plastics and plan and construct projects of their choosing under the guidance of the instructor. The project is also a unit of study within the course. Emphasis is placed on accuracy within the project in an effort to complete a high quality product. Safe and correct use of hand and power tools is emphasized. Students have the opportunity to work with computer-aided design, and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) machinery. Students must purchase materials for their individual projects.
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Materials Processing
Emerging technologies require sophisticated equipment in the materials laboratory. Knowledge of computer controlled machinery is a necessity in the modern day work force. This course enables students to become competitive in the workplace by providing a wide knowledge base in all phases of woodworking. Personal safety, responsibility and good work habits are ingrained into the program. Students will have the opportunity to create projects on the laser engraver in addition to complimenting their skills using the computerized router.
PHOTO AND DIGITAL IMAGING I
Photo and Digital Imaging I is an introductory visual communications course designed for the student who desires to learn about modern photographic and digital imaging skills. Students will learn technical skills involved in the process of creating photographs using equipment and experiences in the ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ (using Adobe Photoshop) darkrooms. Areas of study include camera operation, film and printing processing, compositional skills, digital photography and processes, studio portraiture, and videography as it pertains to photography. It is suggested that students have their own digital camera (point and shoot camera) and 4 GB flash drive for digital storage. This is a technology driven course.
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Photo and Digital Imaging I
Photo and Digital Imaging II is curriculum designed to allow students to continue learning advanced photography skills, advanced digital imaging skills and some videography. Students will be introduced to professional photographic applications and equipment. Students will also have the opportunity to explore various types of photography from commercial to portrait giving them a well-rounded experience in the photographic business area. It is suggested that students have a 4 GB flash drive for digital storage. This is a technology driven course designed to allow the students to experience industry applications and new and emerging photographic technologies.
INTRODUCTION TO DRAFTING
This exploratory course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to use and develop an appreciation for methods and equipment used by engineers, architects, and draftsmen. Practical experience, including computer-aided drafting (CADD), is gained by using drafting tools and methods to produce technical drawings. Students are taught the basic techniques of mechanical drafting, design engineering, and architectural drafting. This is the entry-level course and is the prerequisite for computer-aided drafting and design and architectural drafting.
Students experience project activities in binding, screen printing (t-shirts, etc.), offset printing (notepads, business cards, etc.), and desktop publishing (brochure, deck of playing cards, etc.). This course is designed to stimulate interest and acquaint students with careers related to the graphic technology industry. A small lab fee is required for student projects.
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Graphic Technology I
Students experience project activities in screen printing (multi-color t-shirts, etc.), offset printing (multi-color notepads, business cards, etc.) and desktop publishing. This course is designed for students that were successful in the introductory course and may want to consider careers related to the graphic technology industry. A small lab fee is required for student projects.
GRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY IIIGrades 10-12
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Graphic Technology II
Students experience project activities in screen printing (advanced multi-color projects), offset printing (press operation) and desktop publishing (emphasizing color printing). This course is designed for students who are considering potential careers in the graphic technology industry. A small lab fee is required for student projects.
Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of Introduction to Drafting
This course provides the student with an opportunity to design a house for a “client” following a set of standards. The course is beneficial to those planning careers in building, building design or mechanical trades. Instruction includes the materials and methods of construction, giving students the opportunity to solve problems and utilize solutions. This course also provides the student with an in-depth look at computer-aided drafting and design (CADD). Computer drafting software, reflecting industry are utilized to produce various types of technical drawings.