MANUFACTURING

Students will use manufacturing processes, laser cutting, welding, electrical systems to manage, understand and assess technology. Students will also explore different welding applications with an opportunity to complete many welding labs.  Open-ended problem-based design activities will be used to increase the student’s technological literacy. Students will be focusing on manufacturing and technology related careers that are available after high school.

HOME MAINTENANCE

Student will be introduced to the fundamentals of residential buildings. Topics and labs include wall framing, building materials, electrical, tile and flooring, plumbing, drywall and painting. Scaled construction projects, home maintenance hands-on activities, and written curriculum will be used to explore the world of residential living. Construction safety will be taught throughout each unit. Communication skills and teamwork will be emphasized.

WOODS 1 – TOOLS AND MATERIALS

This course is designed for the beginning woodworker and as the foundation for all other woodworking courses. Upon successful completion of this course the student will have the basic skills needed to enter the more advanced courses offered, or to work safely and efficiently in a home shop situation. The student will learn the correct terms and uses of materials, processes, hand tools, and selected machine tools as well as safe practices needed while he/she develops a product. Beginning with classroom instruction, the class will evolve into lab situations where the students will share in the care and use of the hand tools while exploring the use of the tools and materials, building assigned projects and completing problem- solving experiences. The cost of the materials for the assigned projects is included in the course fee.

WOODS 2 – WOODWORKING PROCESSES

This course is designed as the foundation for machine woodworking and cabinetry.  A basic knowledge of casework furniture will be taught in this class.  It will give a deeper view into woodworking by introducing cabinetmaking and providing the basics for a career in a woodworking field.  Students will review the care and use of hand tools and be introduced to portable power tools, and woodworking machines.  As the year progresses the students will be introduced to more advanced machines and processes as well as various problem-solving exercises.  Students will learn about joinery used in furniture construction, making a materials bill, and reading complex working drawings.  Students will also be introduced to hardware and its applications and will also be exposed to state of the art, computer controlled methods of manufacturing. Class time will be divided between a classroom setting and laboratory work.  Students will build a small assigned, introductory project, and then choose 1 to 2 moderately sized furniture projects from a short list provided by the instructor. A down payment must be paid before starting the furniture project. Total cost of the year’s projects will depend upon the type of wood and size of the project selected by the student.  (All projects must be paid for, ―in full‖ in order to receive credit and take the project home.)

WOODS 3 – CABINETRY

This course is designed for the serious woodworking student who is interested in possibly pursuing a career in cabinet making, woodworking, or for anyone who wishes to have the knowledge needed to build fine furniture as a leisure time activity. Students in this class will utilize knowledge learned in the previous two classes plus advanced techniques developed in this class to build a challenging cabinet-style project. During the year, students will be introduced to Computer Controlled Manufacturing. Students will practice and incorporate MasterCAM design software to produce parts on the CNC mill. There is also an opportunity to incorporate the use of our Laser Engraver and other 21st century equipment in student projects as well. Students may make any project they feel capable of making.  Size and cost are to be determined by the student’s needs. A down payment must be paid before starting. The student may choose plans from an outside source or design their own project.  Written assignments and practice projects will also be included to strengthen the student’s understanding of the processes necessary to successfully complete their projects.

WOODS 4 – FURNITURE DESIGN

This course is designed for the serious woodworker who is interested in designing and building furniture and possibly pursuing woodworking as a career. Throughout the year the students may be introduced to local business and Industry partners who’s retail and services revolve around the woodworking industry. Students may also have the opportunity to explore some of these areas of woodworking in order to gain a better understanding of what the industry demands.  Student projects are also expected to, but not required to, move away from casework cabinetry and concentrate on designing “free form” style of furniture. Function, form, size and cost of the projects are to be determined by the need of the student. A down payment is needed before beginning any project. The student will research furniture styles and techniques to determine the type of project he or she will build. Using this research the student will write narratives incorporating the information with the methods used while building their project. These papers will include technical writing as well as descriptive writing styles. Also included will be projects designed to nurture each student’s problem-solving skills. Projects are to be paid “in-full” in order to receive credit and take the project home.

WOODS 4  EXTERNSHIP   

This class combines visiting local manufacturing businesses with building a Mastery Project in class.  It is designed for students interested in pursuing a manufacturing or business career related to the trades. Throughout the year the students will be introduced to local business and industry partners whose retail and services revolve around the trades. Students will also have the opportunity to explore these businesses in order to gain a better understanding of what the industry demands. Students will be on the job site approximately two hours per externship for 25-50 days, primarily during 2nd and 3rd quarters. The final number of days is determined by the schedules built by the student, business and instructor. After each externship, students will produce a summary of their experiences.

A Mastery Project will be designed and built by the student. The students are expected to move away from casework cabinetry and concentrate on designing “free form” style of furniture. Design, function, form, size and cost of the projects are to be determined by the need of the student. A down payment is needed before beginning any project. The student will research and report on woodworking careers or furniture styles. Following the Mastery Project student will write a reflection paper including technical writing as well as descriptive writing styles. Projects are designed to nurture each student’s problem-solving skills. Projects are to be paid “in-full” in order to receive credit and take the project home.

ROBOTICS

Students will use the VEX Robotics System to deeply understand robotic systems. Students will learn about structure, motion, power, sensors, control, logic and programming systems of a robot while using the engineering problem solving model. This will allow students to design and create robots to perform specific tasks. Students will also have the opportunity to compete against peers to test their knowledge of robotics. Students will also research applications of robotics used around the world to improve the quality of life for people. Critical thinking, flexibility, team work and communication skills will be stressed throughout this course.  Students will complete several electrical labs, also.

INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE(IDEA)

Ever tried to design something new or draw up an idea you want to share with your friends and wondered how you could communicate your idea? Or, have you ever wanted to design a new MP3 player or your own dream home? Then Introduction to Design, Engineering and Architecture (IDEA) is the course for you. As you learn about the aspects of engineering and architecture you will apply your knowledge to various problem solving activities and hands on projects. The major focus of the course is learning how to turn an idea or need into a manufactured product. Students will have the opportunity to utilize various state of the art CAD software from Autodesk® including: Inventor® a mechanical design software that takes engineers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling them to design, visualize, and simulate products before they are ever built, and Revit® Architecture software that helps you take your design from concept model all the way to construction documents by allowing you to sketch freely, create 3D forms quickly, and manipulate forms interactively all within one intuitive environment.   IDEA is intended to serve as a foundation course within the STEM academy course sequence.

CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (CEA)

Students taking the CEA course will learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures.  The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of real world experiences that will provide an overview in the fields related to civil engineering and architecture. Students will work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics specific to the related fields.  In addition, students use state of the art 3D design software from Autodesk® to help design and document solutions for major course projects throughout the year.  Students will communicate and present solutions to their peers as well as members of the professional community of engineers and architects. CEA is intended to serve as a course within the STEM academy course sequence.

ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE DEVELOPMENT

Students taking EAD will continue to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills by applying them to various real world experiences in their community.  Students will apply engineering and architecture skills to long term projects that encompass team work, sustainable design, presentations skills, the use of graphical materials including various Autodesk®  CAD software, model development, cost estimating, and creative, persuasive and technical writing.

STEM CAPSTONE

This course will help students continue to develop problem solving and critical thinking skill by applying them to real-world experiences. Students will apply their engineering and architecture skills to long-term projects that encompass team work; sustainable design; presentation of proposed projects; the use of graphical materials (e.g., Autodesk CAD software); model development; cost estimating, and creative, persuasive, and technical writing.  This project can be a continuation of their EAD course project or a new project where the student takes a lead role applying the skills learned through the STEM Academy. Many times this project will be in conjunction with a local business partner who will mentor the student. Final projects will be presented at the end of the year in a symposium.