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INVENTION AND INNOVATION: FIRST FOCUS PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED ENGINEERING AND TECH - TC354C (PRAPPENG)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12 
Prerequisite: None 
Note: Tournament/materials/kit/registration fees 

Invention and Innovation— FIRST/VRC Focus is an extracurricular robotics class with the expectation that students enrolling in this class will participate on a FIRST Robotics contest teams (FRC and FTC) or Vertical Robotics Challenge contest team. These teams meet outside the school day in preparation for competition. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as introduce concepts of engineering and technology with emphasis placed on the FIRST Robotics Contests or Vertical Robotics Challenge contest. It will provide students with opportunities to research, design, develop, build, test and evaluate solutions to real life problems focused around the contest. It will consist of direct instruction, hands-on learning and after school work sessions. Software and hardware exposure will include access/exposure to SolidWorks, Java, drones, Spheros, LabVIEW, Python, 3D printing, Laser Cutting/Engraving and basic machine shop skills. Basic building principles and computer programming will be included. Those students choosing to participate in FIRST Technical Challenge will go through a tryout/selection process in late Spring/early summer 2021. Students enrolled in this class not participating in FTC, will participate on the Junior Varsity FRC team(FRC 2689 Team Apprentice) or Vertical Robotics Challenge team. Students are expected to attend tournaments related to their contest team and attend afterschool/evening/weekend work sessions.

  • Credit: 1
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED ENGINEERING AND TECH - TC354 (PRAPPENG)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Principles of Applied Engineering will help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as introduce principles of engineering and technology. It will provide students with opportunities to research, design, develop, build, test and evaluate solutions to real-life problems. It will consist of direct instruction and hands-on learning with software programs: Computer Assisted 3D Design (Solid Works), LEGO EV3, Inkscape, 3D Printing with Slicer softwares, Glowforge and Thunder Laser Engraving/Cutting. This course will teach basic engineering principles with various robotics kits, design and production activities.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
ROBOTICS ENGINEERING — FIRST FOCUS - TC355 (ROBOTIC1) 

Credit: 1
Grade: 10 
Prerequisite: Invention & Innovation FIRST Focus, Principles of Applied Engineering
Note: Tournament/materials/kit/registration fees 

This class, which requires extracurricular participation, is focused on the FIRST Robotics Contest or Vertical Robotical Challenge program contest teams. This course supports students in gaining the fundamental understanding of systems that make up robots and drones as well as workplace competency development. This class will build on skills and knowledge from the previous year’s competition/classes. Students will continue to work on 3D CAD knowledge (SolidWorks) and skills with the potential to take the CSWA and Additive Manufacturing certification at the end of the year. Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test their designs. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the robotics and automation industry. Those students choosing to participate in FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) will go through a tryout/selection process in late Spring/early summer 2021. Students enrolled in this class not participating in FTC, will participate on the Junior Varsity FRC team or Vertical Robotics Challenge team. Students are expected to attend as related to their contest program and participate in afterschool, evening and weekend work sessions.

  • Credit: 1
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
ROBOTICS II - TC357 (ROBOTIC2) 

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12 
Prerequisite: Robotics Engineering, FTC Participation or Instructor approval 
Note: Fee $275.00 

This class, which requires extracurricular participation in either FIRST Robotics Contest or Vertical Robotics Contest, is focused on the FIRST Robotics Contest/Vertical Robotics contest program and contest teams. This course will consist of instruction and hands-on learning in areas of study related to the Robotics contest, not limited to but including: shop tools, engineering design, mechanical systems, pneumatic controls, electronics (DC), Computer Aided Design (Solidworks), Programming (C, LABView) and systems integration. Coursework in these areas will be focused around the extracurricular FIRST Robotics Competition and Vertical Robotics Contest. Students are required to participate fully in all aspects of this competition, which may include fundraising, community presentations, mentoring of other teams and students, graphic and animation production, and website maintenance. Vertical Robotics Contest is a Fall semester focused contest with weekly meetings starting in September and going through mid November. FRC students will be required to be full participants in designated work sessions and team meetings twice a week after school during Fall semester weekly meetings and on 4 weekdays and Saturdays during January-March. Students are expected to attend as related to their contest program and participate in afterschool, evening and weekend work sessions. This course receives the same weight as an Honors course.

  • Credit: 1
  • Fee
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
ROBOTICS III - SC356 (SCI/R&D2)

Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Robotics II, and Teacher Approval
Note: Fee $275.00; Satisfies Science Credit

This class, which requires extracurricular participation, is focused on the FIRST Robotics Contest program and contest teams. This class is designed for students wishing to increase skills and knowledge about aspects related to the robotics team including engineering, programming, leadership and shop tools. Students will participate in all robotics contests and serve in leadership positions on the robotics competitive team. Each student will be responsible for creating a portfolio about a research project related to the competitive robotics team. Students will be required to be full participants in designated work sessions and team meetings twice a week after school during Fall semester weekly meetings and on 4 weekdays and Saturdays during January-March. FRC students are expected to attend at least one tournament. FTC students are expected to attend all local tournaments. This course receives the same weight as an Honors course.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 12
3D CAD ENGINEERING DESIGN AND PRESENTATION - TC350 (ENGDSPR) 

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12 
Prerequisite: None 

Students enrolled in this class will learn and demonstrate the process of engineering design. Emphasis will be placed on documentation of ideas and designs developed. Documentation will range from hand sketched drawings, In multi-view and pictorial formats, to detailed, dimensioned drawings created with Solidworks, an industry standard Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) system. Upon completion of the course, the student should be prepared to take the Certified Solid Works Associate (CSWA) Exam. Upon preparation, students will be provided with a paid exam for the CSWA. 

Project Management will be emphasized in this course. Each student will have the opportunity to contribute as a team member and team leader. Students will be expected to develop a project schedule and then complete tasks according to the schedule. Progress will be documented in an Engineering Notebook so that early ideas and corrected or discarded implementations can be reviewed. Projects will include construction of prototypes and models. 

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: None
BIOTECHNOLOGY - SC316 (ADVBIOT)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry

This course is an introduction to biotechnology including career exploration, history, and applications of DNA/RNA technology, molecular biology, bioethics, cell culturing, engineering, and laboratory safe practices. This course is supplemented with laboratory exercises, and demonstrations that illustrate the basic techniques of biotechnology. The course concludes with a consideration of bioethical issues relating to this powerful new technology.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
ENGINEERING - SC350 (SCITECH)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Algebra 1, Geometry, and a level 2 STEM course or concurrent level 2 STEM course for the 22-23 school year only. (Robotics 1 or higher, CAD, Mentorship, Computer Science Principles or Computer Science AP or higher).

This is a high-level, hands-on science and engineering course. Through self and peer evaluation, Engineering requires students to interact verbally, in writing, and through improving the performance of devices. This course is designed to engage students in authentic engineering practices in a project-based environment. Students will complete a series of relevant design challenges to develop engineering design skills and habits of mind. This is a survey engineering course where students will work in design teams to solve challenges related to various engineering disciplines including mechanical; civil; electrical; systems; and reverse engineering. The course will require the purposeful application of engineering principles, along with relevant science, technology, and mathematics concepts. This course receives the same weight as an Honors course.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12