Building Trades, Engineering, Computer Science

Building Trades
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)   (1 term B826)

Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Science (2 terms B833)
Computer Science Principles (2 terms B818)

 

Building Trades I  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $50.00
In this course students will explore and gain hands on experiences in the construction trades. Students will focus on: drawing and reading blueprints & diagrams for basic construction, framing sections of walls, floors, and rafters, along with a basic introduction to electrical wiring. The goal of the course is to offer students an introduction to the numerous career opportunities and skills required in the various construction trades. The course will culminate in the construction of  a small scale structure in teams.  (CTE – 17001A001)

Building Trades II  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $50.00
This course is designed to extend upon the skills and experiences students had in Building Trades I.  Students will work to construct a small scale building while focusing on the following skills: drawing and 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. (CTE – 17002A001)

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. (CTE – 21006A001)

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. (CTE – 21004A001)

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. (CTE – 21012A001)

Introduction to Computer Science  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr and 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 Principles course. Students will learn programming fundamentals using multiple programming languages such as Python, Scratch, Visual Basic, and App Inventor. Students who have already taken Computer Science Principles are recommended to take this course if they enjoy computer science and want to learn more. (CTE – 10152A001)

Computer Science Principles — Project Lead the Way (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: 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.
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr and Sr elective
Fee: $5
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. (CTE – 10152A001)

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.