Construction, Engineering, Computer Science

Construction

Technical Drawing (2 terms B820)
Building Trades I (2 terms B836)
Building Trades II (2 terms B838)

Engineering – Project Lead the Way

Introduction to Engineering Design (Honors)   (2 terms B819)
Principles of Engineering (Honors)   (2 terms B825)
Civil Engineering and Architectural Design (Honors)   (2 term B826)

Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science (1 term B330)
Computer Science Principles (2 terms B818) – (formerly Computer Science and Software Engineering)

 

Construction

Building Trades I
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $50.00
This course is the first part of a two course sequence in which students will explore multiple areas of focus in the construction trades. Students will work to construct a small scale building while focusing on the following skills: reading blueprints & diagrams, framing, roofing, window and siding installation, electrical work, plumbing systems, insulation and drywall installation, painting, flooring, trim work, and finishing. The goal of the course is to offer students an introduction to the numerous career opportunities and skills required in the various construction trades. (Valees-I1226)

Building Trades II
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $50.00
This course is the second part of a two course sequence in which students will explore multiple areas of focus in the construction trades. Students will work to construct a small scale building while focusing on the following skills: reading blueprints & diagrams, framing, roofing, window and siding installation, electrical work, plumbing systems, insulation and drywall installation, painting, flooring, trim work, and finishing. The goal of the course is to offer students an introduction to the numerous career opportunities and skills required in the various construction trades. (Valees-I1226)

Technical Drawing
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $28.00
The medium by which an architect, engineer, designer, drafts person, and crafts person communicates ideas through a system of lines and symbols. This is a course to provide students with the basic knowledge of design procedures, basic technical drawing skills and the principles of orthographic drawing, geometric construction, and lettering. Also covered is the use and care of drafting equipment, basic drawing layout, and single and multi view drawings. Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) is introduced in this course. Students will explore career opportunities, team building and communication skills. (Valees-I200/245)

Engineering – Project Lead the Way

Introduction to Engineering Design (Honors)
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr and Sr elective|
Fee: $10.00
The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

Principles of Engineering (Honors)
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $15.00
Designed for 10th-12th grade students, this survey course exposes students to major concepts they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.

Civil Engineering & Architecture (Honors)
(2 terms, 1 credit )
Prerequisite: Technical Drawing or Introduction to Engineering Design or Principles of Engineering
Level: Jr and Sr elective
Fee: $10.00
Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects.

Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra
Level: So, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: None
Designed to be the first computer science course for students who have never programmed before, this is an optional starting point for the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science & Software Engineering course. Students will learn programming fundamentals using Visual Basic.

Computer Science Principles — Project Lead the Way
(formerly Computer Science and Software Engineering)
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None (Students without prior computing experience are encouraged to start with Introduction to Computer Science)
Level: Soph, Jr and Sr elective
Fee: $5
This course can be a student’s first course in computer science, although we encourage students without prior computing experience to start with Introduction to Computer Science.
Designed for 10th-12th grade students, this Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course is intended to give students the opportunity to work in teams to develop computational thinking and solve problems.  The course uses Python® as a primary tool and does not intend to teach mastery of a single programming language. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, robotics, and simulation.

The course’s goals are to:

  • Develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity.
  • Build students’ awareness of the tremendous demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills. Each unit focuses on one or more computationally intensive career paths.
  • Engage students to consider issues raised by the present and future societal impact of computing.  Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.