Course Descriptions

  • VIDEO PRODUCTION I GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: None                                                                                         

    2.5 Credits

    This one semester course is for students who are interested in learning video production skills. It is designed to develop an historical awareness of videotape production. Students will receive hands-on experience as they complete the many tasks necessary to produce video programs. Students will work in production teams brainstorming, scripting, preparing storyboards, taping, editing, and critiquing their productions. There will be exposure to a variety of career opportunities in mass communication.

    VIDEO PRODUCTION II  GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Minimum B average in Video Production I                           

    5 Credits

    This full year course provides the opportunity for furthering the study of television production. Emphasis is placed on TV studio programming for the school and the local community. The software used will be the industry standard.

    VIDEO PRODUCTION III GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: B+ Average in Video Production II or TV Studio Production and teacher recommendation                                           

    5 Credits        

    In this intensive course, the foundational skills and concepts developed in Video Production I and II will be applied in real-world experiences.  As this is a project-based course, students will be expected to be available for off-site/after school productions.  This course is designed for students wishing to continue to broaden their skill sets regarding digital media and visual literacy.  In addition to studio work, students will learn all areas of electronic news gathering and field production.  Remote production techniques will be taught using digital equipment.  Students will also be instructed in postproduction editing techniques using digital editing systems.

    ROBOTICS I GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: None     

    2.5 Credits

    This semester course is designed to familiarize the students with general robotic devices. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of careers, safe work habits, positive attitudes, manipulative skills and the ability to think and reason in a logical manner. Students learning experiences consist of assignments developed from both computers and hands-on projects.

    ROBOTICS 2 GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: C or better average in Robotics 1                                          

    5 Credits

    This full year course provides the opportunity for furthering the study of robotics using college level tools, including LabView programming and Tetrix building kits. Emphasis is placed on designing and programming more complex robotic devices using light, touch, and temperature sensors.  Students will be expected to study the field of Robotics while designing, building and programming their own robots.

    A.C.E. Skills (Architecture/CAD/3D Computer Graphics/Engineering) GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: None                                                                                         

    2.5 Credits

    A.C.E. is a semester course which serves as a prerequisite for Architecture I, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) 1, 3D Computer Graphics, and Engineering I. A.C.E. Skills will give students a chance to apply math, science, and technology principles in realistic and engaging situations. This course will encourage all students, whatever their level of interest or experience, to be more technologically literate, responsible and creative. After taking this course, students will have a better understanding of the technologically designed world and the career paths of architecture, computer aided drafting, and engineering.

    3D COMPUTER GRAPHICS  GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: A.C.E. Skills                                                                            

    5 Credits

    This new course, a full year high school elective in the Industrial and Technology Arts Department, will teach Computer 3D Graphic Animation and visual effects which are technical skills that are widely used in television, filmmaking, advertising, electronic gaming, architectural design, medical training, and animation.

    Computer 3D Animation and visual effects creation are modern and rapidly expanding technical fields that allows people to create virtual realities for both entertainment (video games, special effects, and animations in broadcasting) and practical (architectural “walk-throughs”, advertisements) purposes. Students will use 3DS Max, a software that is widely used in real-world applications, to create simple and complex 3D objects and visual effects that will be modified, according to a wide array of variables. These objects will then be animated in motion. The course will stress the practical, rather than artistic, applications of 3D animation and visual effects.

    ENGINEERING I GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: A.C.E. Skills is a prerequisite.  

    5 Credits            

    Engineers greatly affect our daily life by designing and improving every product, structure and service we use. Engineers use the principles and raw materials of the natural world to make our daily lives more efficient and safe. This course will give students a chance to use math and science principles and engage in hands on projects encouraging them to become technologically literate and creative. Students will develop an awareness of and interest in engineering as a career.

    COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (CAD) 1  GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: A.C.E. Skills                

    5 Credits

    This course provides the opportunity for furthering the techniques and skills of technical drawing which includes: gothic lettering, advanced geometric construction and design work with color fills, pictorial drawing with color fills, more advanced wire frame multi-view, auxiliary and sectioning work, threading drawings, developments (fabrication work) and product design. Students will receive extensive experience on the computer aided drafting system (CAD) including colored plotting and style-writer work. These experiences will provide a broader background for those students wishing to enter vocational, technical or engineering schools or for those who may go directly into industry.

    COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING (CAD) 2   GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: CAD 1                                                                                      

    5 Credits

    This course provides the opportunity for furthering the student’s technical drawing experiences on both an individual and group basis. The subject provides the opportunity to learn production drawing, industrial procedures and related occupations. The major objective of this course is to both deepen and broaden the student’s skill experiences in technical drawing through CAD methods. Emphasis is placed on the development of personal skills, through individual and group projects. Each student will be required to develop a major project and draw a complete set of production drawing including assembly drawings on CAD.

    ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING I   GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: A.C.E. Skills                

    5 Credits

    This full year course will build upon the fundamental technical drawing skills established in A.C.E. Skills.  Each student will design, develop and draw a set of house plans within the requirements of certain specified instructions. The content of the specific instructions does allow for and encourages each student to do individual creative thinking within the total planning of a house. Related field trips will be taken when possible. Students will be required to complete their house plans using CAD techniques.

    ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING II GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: C or better average in Architecture 1 or Architectural Drawing                              

    5 Credits

    Architecture 2 is an opportunity for interested students to build upon the skills learned in Architecture 1. Through various drawing, models, and other activities students will begin to learn and use skills that Architecture 1 does not allow time for. Students will be given the opportunity for advanced work in some of the following areas: additional drawings such a HVAC, framing plans, pictorials, and interior design. Students will also get involved in three-dimensional modeling of some of the structures they design. Students will also be required to assemble a portfolio of the work they do throughout the year.

    WOODS 1: Introduction to Woodworking GRADE 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: None                                                                                         

    2.5 Credits

    This semester course is an introduction to the basics of woodworking. The student will have the chance to challenge his/her ability and develop his/her skills through the use of all hand tools, machines and materials available in the shop. Student projects are the culmination of skill, knowledge, attitude and craftsmanship. Course requirements include completion of the project that includes a written report, knowledge of shop safety and proper shop conduct. Supplementary information will be assigned as time permits.

    WOODS 2: Machine Woodworking GRADE 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Woods 1                                                                                               

    5 Credits

    This course is designed to utilize and improve basic skills learned in Woods 1, as well as, introduce advanced techniques and information. Since the project will be the focal point of learning, it will be required that the student select a project that is challenging to his/her ability. The student should select a project that will encourage use of tools, machines and techniques that he/she has not yet experienced. The student will have the use of all the equipment in the shop. The student must pass a written test after instruction to continue using power equipment. Course requirements are the same as Woods 1.

    WOODS 3: Carpentry and Building Construction GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Woods 2                                                                                               

    5 Credits

    The Woods 3 Carpentry and Building Construction course is designed to create an appreciation of the industry and to develop entry level skills within the construction industry. Opportunities to develop skills for personal use and to make a smooth transition from school to the workplace or post-secondary institutions will be presented to students enrolled in these courses. It will also be the intent of this course to continue the student’s development of existing skills through the construction of individual projects that build on what they have learned in the Woods 1 & 2 courses.  The carpentry and building portion of this course will be primarily theory in nature with some hands on activities as time permits.

    WOODS 4: Fine Woodworking GRADE 12  

    Prerequisite: Woods 3                                                                                               

    5 Credits

    The Woods 4 Fine Wood working course is designed to build on the knowledge that students have gained through taking Woods 1, Woods 2, and Woods 3.  This course will allow the students to express themselves in the area of woodworking.  This course is primarily a hands-on project oriented experience.  A portion of this course will examine the nature and properties of wood. Some written work and research may be required.  The project chosen for this class will reflect some type of specialized woodworking yet incorporate the many facets of the woodworking field.  The course will also provide insights to the technological advances in the fields related to woodworking.