Technology

Students pursuing a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation may substitute a five-unit sequence in Technology Education for the three-unit sequence in Languages other than English.

Course Rotation Schedule 

Courses Offered Every Year

  • Design & Draw for Production
  • Materials Processing I
  • Materials Processing II
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Applied Physics in Engineering

Courses Offered Every Other Year

  • Energy & Power
  • Residential Structures Engineering
  • Production Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Transportation Systems
  • Design & Construction
  • Creativity and Innovation

Design and Drawing for Production

One (1) year; One (1)) credit 

Drawing and Design for Production (DDP) is broken down into units that start with the basics of drawing, the different types of drawing techniques, and the ability to learn how to read and understand technical drawings. Students learn to draw with traditional drawing tools by completing numerous drawings throughout the school year. For each unit, students pick one drawing and use a lab equipment to complete a model of that drawing, enabling them to see how a product is constructed from a drawing.

Energy and Power

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

This course is designed to give students an understanding of Energy Systems used in society in the past, present, and future. Unit one will cover the different forms of energy, the conversion techniques used to make energy more useable, the availability of each major sector; residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation. Unit two will cover the major sources of energy, its problems, and the issues surrounding its use. Unit three will cover the conversion processes that make energy available in more useable forms. Unit four is the last unit, which provides opportunities for the students to make decisions about the most effective use of energy in each sector.

Design and Construction

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

Design and construction is a course that meets for twenty weeks. Students will participate in activities that involve basic design concepts and the design process. Some project examples include framing and constructing simple building structures and any type of project that involves working with construction materials to construct props and mock up models. Students will learn the concepts of the design process, as they will study some design pioneers and replicate models of various designs. Students will experience how a design process works from taking a product idea to the completion of a finished product.

Materials Processing I & II

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit each

Materials Processing is a full year course that is broken down into four general units, 2 half-year courses, which will all be intermixed throughout the semester. Unit one will be called wood product processing. Students will be working with wood and processing it into a useful project. Unit two will be plastics. In this unit students will be exploring the different aspects of plastics forming and processing such as, acrylic work, plasticizing, injection molding, plastic casting and forming, and plastic welding. Unit three will deal with metal fabrication and processing. In this unit students will deal with the basic concepts of band metal, sheet metal processing and design. Unit four will be a unit dealing with welding. The students will experience the welding areas of gas, mig, and arc welding. Materials Processing 1 will consist of products produced in unit 1 and unit 2.  Materials Processing 2 will consist of products produced in unit 3 and 4.

Residential Structures Engineering

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

Residential Structures is a course, which is broken down into 4 units all of which are sections of building a house. Unit one is called layout and foundations. In this unit, students will learn the aspects of site preparation, different types of foundations, and what is needed to put in a foundation. Unit two deals with what materials you need to build a deck. Unit three deals with walls. In this unit students will learn what the parts are in framing a wall, the two distance studs are put, and the materials needed to frame up walls. Unit four is the roof section. In this unit students will learn the different types of roofs, two different framing styles, and how to figure the pitch and materials needed for a roof.  Upon completion of this course students will have a general understanding of how to frame a building, as well as a basic knowledge of enclosing a structure and installing the utilities of a residential home.

Production Systems

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

Production Systems is a twenty-week course, which is broken down in two units. Unit one is Mass Production. In this unit students will develop, design, produce and market a product. They will receive instruction in product development, designing a project, producing a project, and finally marketing a project.

Unit two is labeled as Construction. In this unit students will develop a basic understanding of general construction technology. However, this unit will not be dealing with specific building construction.

Communication Systems

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of what communications is and some of the systems used in society today. Communication systems is broken down into two basic units the first unit is audio/audiovisual systems, which students learn about how communication is performed through the use of video and sound. The second unit is called graphic communication. In this course, the student gets and understanding of how communication is used through the use of different forms of graphics.

Transportation Systems

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

This course is designed for students to achieve a basic understanding of marine/water transportation systems, aerospace/flight transportation systems, and land transportation systems. This course is designed to give a basic knowledge of how machines in each of these areas work. Products completed in this course would include working on internal combustion engines, model planes to understand the principles of flight, and boat designs.

Computer-Aided Design

One (1) year; One (1) credit

Prerequisite:  Technical Drawing or Drawing & Design for Production

Computer Aided Design is a course, which will take the principles of the course Technical Drawing, and apply them to computer. The first few weeks will be devoted to getting familiar with drawing on the computer, mainly the CAD program Key Creator. Once the basic objectives of learning the program have been mastered, students will apply their knowledge by completing a series of working drawings on the computer. The information and knowledge obtained after completion of this course could be applied for background knowledge for careers in design and architecture.  Students will work up to 3D modeling and designing products to be printed with the 2D printer.

Applied Physics in Engineering

One (1) year; One (1) Credit

Applied Physics in Engineering is a course that is designed to follow the World of Technology Curriculum, and it is designed to utilize physical principles and apply them to real-life applications. Physical concepts such as hydraulics and pneumatic systems, solar engineering concepts, which utilize the laws of physics, will be studied. Because we will be following the World of Technology Curriculum, this will serve as a science or technology elective, and it may be used to fulfill a student’s third-year science requirement, if taken during the junior or senior year.

Creativity and Innovation

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

Creativity and Innovation is a ½ unit course which will encourage the solving of technical problems through the use of different technological approaches. The students will study the methods of approaching a problem through creativity and innovation, develop solutions to the problems, and understanding the cultural impacts and developmental factors of creativity and innovation. Students will use the lab facilities and work with various materials to create solutions and products to solve the stated problems.

Examples of Student Activities in Creativity and Innovation: The main activities will be student-driven activities facilitated by the Technology Education Instructor.

  1. The first activity will be administered to the class by the instructor and the student will design and construct the product to solve the problem started.
  2. The second activity will be reverse engineering where the student will take an existing design, critique the design of the product, disassemble it, and make an improvement to the design to make the product better. This will be a student-driven activity.
  3. The third activity will be administered and developed by the student. The student will identify the problem, design a solution to the problem, construct the solution (product), and identify if the product is a solution to the problem. The project will be student driven and the technology teacher will facilitate the student throughout the design process.