STEM/Engineering


INVENTION AND INNOVATION: PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED ENGINEERING - TC354 (PRAPPENG)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Invention and Innovation 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 Laser Engraving and Cutting. This course will teach basic engineering principles with various robotics kits including Lego Mindstorms and other kits. Basic building principles and computer programming will be included.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
INVENTION AND INNOVATION: FIRST FOCUS PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED ENGINEERING - TC354C (PRAPPENG)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Note: Fee $36.00 + tournament/materials/kit/registration fees

Invention and Innovation— FIRST 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), which meets 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. 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 SolidWorks, Tetrix, Rev Robotics, AndyMark, Java, LabVIEW, 3D printing, Laser Cutting/Engraving, Vex 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 2020. Students enrolled in this class not participating in FTC, will participate on the Junior Varsity FRC team(FRC 2687 Team Apprentice). Students are expected to attend at least one tournament for FRC. FTC students are expected to attend all local tournaments.

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

Credit: 1
Grade: 10 
Prerequisite: Invention & Innovation 
Note: Fee $36.00 + tournament/materials/kit/registration fees 

This class, which requires extracurricular participation, is focused on the FIRST Robotics Contest program and contest team. This course supports students in gaining the fundamental understanding of systems that make up robots 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 2020. Students enrolled in this class not participating in FTC, will participate on the Junior Varsity FRC team (FRC 2687 Team Apprentice). Students are expected to attend at least one tournament for FRC. FTC students are expected to attend all local tournaments.

  • 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; Satisfies Science credit 

This class, which requires extracurricular participation, is focused on the FIRST 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. 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. 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
  • 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

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
ELECTRONICS - TC780 (ELECTRO) 

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12 
Prerequisite: None 
Note: Articulated College Credit 

A technical course designed to introduce the concepts and applications of electrical energy and electronics. In the electricity component, the focus is on the characteristics, generation, storage, distribution, and application of electrical energy. In the electronics component, the focus is on the design, construction, and application of electronic devices and circuits, including digital logic systems. Practical applications include bread boarding, problem-solving, and the use of test equipment. 

  • Articulated College Credit
  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: None
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 II and concurrent enrollment in or completion of Physics I.

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