Here are the Technology classes we offer:
J01 Exploratory Shop Level: 6
This is a course for the student interested in a basic introduction to shop. No prior experience in shop work is needed. This class is designed to teach the safe use of hand and power tools. The student will be shown basic operations in one or more areas as time allows. The areas that may be covered are: drafting, design, metal, plastic, leather, and woodworking.
J04 Woodworking & Crafts Level: 7‐8
Woodworking and Crafts is a hands‐on class focused mainly on advanced woodworking projects. Students will learn about the process that goes into the design and creation of a project. They will make detailed scale drawings before beginning the project. They will also learn to calculate the cost of materials and hardware. Students will experience some of the various woodcarving techniques such as relief, heraldic, lettering, and carving in the round. They will also be able to do some craft‐related projects, such as, cane‐rush seat weaving, marquetry, and model building.
J15 RIPTIDE Level: 6
This course will provide students with the opportunity to experience an irresistible force of innovation, ideas, and imagination. Students will have hands‐on experiences in the exciting arenas of technology, innovation, design, and engineering (TIDE). Students will explore, invent, design, build, solve, work in teams, and communicate as they engage in authentic design and build challenges.
J20 T.I.D.E: Technology‐Innovation‐Design‐ Engineering Level: 7‐8
The T.I.D.E. (Technology—Innovation—Design—Engineering) class is a hands‐on learning environment in which students use tools and technology to solve real‐ world problems. Students take ideas from concept to completion, learning the design‐build‐communicate process. Students will explore careers and design authentic projects in areas such as architecture, inventions, alternative energy, graphic arts/design, robotics, engineering, CAD, micro‐electronics, woodshop or any of a dozen other fields of interest. Students will demonstrate safe and proper use of technology, equipment, and tools. Students will learn to lead, follow instructions, cooperate with others, and work effectively in a team to accomplish authentic design and engineering tasks.
J36 Robotics Level: 6‐8
The Middle Level Robotics course utilizes a hands‐on approach in designing, building, programming and testing robots. Students engage in a variety of activities that incorporate various engineering principles. Students also learn the value of teamwork and even friendly competition.
B08 Keyboarding Level: 7‐8
Learn how to type faster than you can write! This class will help you work faster, save time on your homework, and make you papers look neater! Students will learn to use the computer keyboard using the touch method. Emphasis is placed on developing correct typing techniques and improving speed and accuracy when producing documents. Students will have an opportunity to use keyboarding software and will be able to create documents for other classes.
D04 Java Programming Level: 6‐8
By design, this course enables middle school students, with no previous experience, to jump right into the Java programming language. Students will become familiar with objects, classes, methods, parameters, data types, fields, loops, constructors and more. Students will learn about these topics, as well as others, through modifying existing programs and creating programs from scratch.
D05 Desktop Publishing Level: 7‐8
Have the coolest‐looking reports in school! Students use computer technology to publish these kinds of exciting projects: brochures, timelines, flyers, newsletter, posters, and newspapers. Computer graphics, word processing, scanning, photograph editing, and page layout programs will be used to generate professional‐looking documents. Students will learn the elements of design, create and use advanced drawing projects, and also use publishing templates in their publications. Students will have an opportunity to create projects for other classes and may be able to publish an on‐line project.
D07 Computer Power Level: 7‐8
Students will get an overview of the power of today’s technology! Students will gain experience with several software programs to create brochures, posters, newsletter, flyers, outlines, memos, letters, timelines, reports, agendas, tables, lists, drawings, presentations, spreadsheets, charts, graphs, database files, and merged documents. Students will learn efficient ways to use the Internet and organize bookmarks when doing projects for other classes. The use of digital cameras and scanners will be introduced. This course is a recommended prerequisite to all other computing courses.
D08 Multimedia Productions Level: 7‐8
Students will design and produce multimedia presentations that incorporate text, graphics, sound, and animation. Software tools may include PowerPoint, Web Page tools, or Timeliner. Students will also learn to modify digital images and Internet images for use in presentations. Presentations may also include Internet links, re‐sized images, and imported documents such as charts or graphs.