Technology Education


Design and Modeling 6/Woodshop 6 (one trimester, every day)

This twelve-week course is divided into two six-week activity periods.  Six weeks will be hands-on experience in the areas of manufacturing, material processing, and technological problem solving.  The students will be introduced and taught the safe use of some basic hand tools and power tools in order to complete projects and solve technical problems.

The second six-week period will include Gateway to Technology, which is an activities-oriented program designed to engage the curiosity and imagination of students. Sixth grade students will concentrate on design and modeling, which is a unit that uses solid modeling software (a sophisticated mathematical technique for representing solid objects) as part of the design process. Utilizing this design approach, students understand how design influences their lives. In addition, students learn sketching techniques, and the use of descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement, and computer modeling. Students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models, test and evaluate design ideas, and communicate solutions.

Gateway to Technology 7 (one trimester – every day)

This twelve-week course is a required class for all seventh grade students. Gateway to Technology is used, which is an activities-oriented program designed to challenge the imagination of students. Seventh grade students will concentrate on automation and robotics, which is a unit that students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students acquire knowledge and skills in problem solving, teamwork collaboration, and innovation.

Automation, Robotics, and the Magic of Electrons 8 (all year – day 1/day 2)

This course is an elective for eighth grade students.  Gateway to Technology is used, which is an activities-oriented program designed to challenge and to engage the interest and imagination of students. Eighth grade students will concentrate on the automation and robotics unit and the magic of electrons unit. In the automation and robotics unit, students will trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. In addition, students will learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems, using problem-solving skills, teamwork collaboration, and innovation fundamentals. In the magic of electrons unit, students will explore the science of electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, circuit design, and sensing devices through hands on projects. In addition, students will acquire knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design and explore the impact of electricity on their lives.

Technology Education 8 – Woodshop (all year – day 1/day 2)

Students will be introduced to the safe use of hand tools, portable power tools, and various woodworking machines to complete projects and solve technical problems. The students will have hands-on experiences in the following areas:

  • Woodworking – Use hand tools and power equipment for building woods projects.
  • Construction – Work on a “crew” to design floor plans, draw elevation views, and construct a scale model house.
  • Engineering – Solve technical problems using creativity and tools.
  • Drafting – Render drawings of three-dimensional objects.
  • Plastics – Use injection and rotational molders to create unique polymer-projects.
  • Marine Technology – Design and fabricate a boat, then test it for speed and stability.

This course will provide students with an understanding of advanced technology education classes and introduce them to the many potential careers in the field of technology.

Instructors: Mrs. Kelly Koller and Mr. Eric Schwister