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Building: NASH
Phone: (724) 934-7200     X7430


1 - S.T.E.M. Course
 

Grade 9, 10
 
 
 
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#9505
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# 9806
# 9410
# 9503
# 9604
# 9805
# 9905
# 9705
# 9506
# 9507
 
 
# 9704
# 9706
# 9906
# 9403
# 9603
# 9508
 
 

 
Grade 10

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# 1910
Grades 11 & 12

Semester

Full Year
Materials - Wood, Metal, and Plastic
CADD 3 (Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 3) 1
Tech Design & Application 1
Stage Technology & Production

 
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# 9504
# 9806
# 9410
# 9608
#9502


# 9404
# 9411
# 9408
# 9908
Grade 12

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# 9412

 


GAME DEVELOPMENT                                                                 No. 9505
 
Sem/Full Time                                                                                          Credit .5
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit .5

Game Development is a game design course...and much more.  technical skills such as programming, graphic design, animation, testing and debugging will be taught in this course.  Skills taught will be transferable to other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career paths.  Game Development will begin with drag and drop programming and advance to more complex projects that involve writing code.  The engineering problem solving cycle plays a large role with integrating physics and math principles into game functionality. After you have learned how to develop and program a game, you will investigate how to market an original game idea.

Criteria for Selection – None.


 
ADVANCED GAME DEVELOPMENT                                       No. 9605 
 
Sem/Full Time                                                                                   Credit .5
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit .5

Advanced Game Development will expand upon the principles of two-dimensional game design learned in Game Development and introduce students to the principles of three-dimensional modeling and animation for game development. Topics will include modeling, animating, lighting, camera angles, and texturing. Through the use of a game engine, students will implement controls, physics, collision detection, sound, animation, and memory management. Students will use C# programming language, the Unity 3d editor, and many the concepts that are used in successful game design. They will also become familiar with elements of game play and project management concepts, as related video games. Students will utilize STEM skills as they apply the design process to the creation of their own games.

Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Game Development

 
 
 
APP DEVELOPMENT                                                                     No. 9501
 
Sem/Full Time                                                                                          Credit .5
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

This course is an introductory mobile application design and programming course using Java and Eclipse for Android devices. In the beginning, students will take a journey through the history of mobile applications. Then they will move on to learning about the current industry standards, languages, and platforms used in mobile apps development with a special focus on career opportunities within the industry and the entrepreneurial potential that exists.  The focus of the course is spent learning some basic Java programming and then working with Eclipse in order to start developing real working apps. Those lessons and skills are then applied toward programming for Android devices. By the end of the course students are able to successfully download real working mobile applications for Android devices.  This course will have you thinking like a programmer, using the engineering design cycle to solve problems, and applying science and math concepts. 

Criteria for Selection – None.

ENGINEERING & DESIGN
No. 9704
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit 1.0

In this course, students will develop solutions to given situations using problem-solving models. Activities will utilize Math and Science concepts combined with the operation of tools and machines to create hands-on based solutions. Students will research, design, prototype, manufacture, and test products that they have created themselves. Students will discover how to apply engineering design, scientific principles, and engineering analysis to solve structured and unstructured problems. Individual and team work will be emphasized through the design loop problem-solving process based on inputs, processes, output, and feedback. The class content will prepare students for the challenges of today and the future's dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem-solving skills through spirited competition. Activities will include, but are not limited to: Technology Student Association (TSA) and GOAL based events.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 


CADD 1
Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 1
No. 9706
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit 1.0

This course is an introduction to drafting and design for students interested in learning how engineering is done using CADD to communicate technical information. Autodesk software will be utilized on the PC platform. Programs used will include Autocad, Inventor, and REVIT. Students will learn techniques of drawing, dimensioning, modeling, and symbol use. Areas of engineering addressed will include mechanical, architecture, structural, and civil. Both 2D and 3D modeling will be taught, including rendering (color, shadowing, and animation of drawings). Students will learn about the materials used in manufacturing, the machines and methods of manufacturing, and related careers.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

CADD 1
Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 1
No. 9806
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit .5
This course is a semester version of Course #9706.
 
Criteria for Selection – None
 

MANUFACTURING 1
No. 9403
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit 1.0

Newertechnologies related to manufacturing will be incorporated into the developmentand construction of woodworking products. The use of CADD (Computer AidedDrawing and Design) software, a CNC(Computer Numerical Controlled) Router and a Laser Engraver will be used to add individual design to assignedactivities.

The focus of this hands-on course will be to gain a fundamental understandingof wood, woodworking machines, and hand tools. The safe operation of machinery, hand-held power and hand tools willalso be discussed. Students will be introduced to the materials, drawings andtools used in the manufacturing of individual products. Students will becomefamiliar with jigs and fixtures as a way to create quality products. 

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

MANUFACTURING 1
No. 9503
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5

This course is the semester version of Course #9403.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

ELECTRICITY & ELECTRONICS 1
No. 9805
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5

This course is an introduction to electricity/electronics designed for students interested in learning how electricity can be safe and exciting. Students learn about electronic components and how they are used to design and assemble light and sound controlled circuits. Students will then construct their own printed circuit board of a burglar alarm with different sensor switches. Soldering wires, solid state components, using digital meters, and operating power supplies for testing circuits are just a few of the hands-on activities in this course. How electricity is used in the home will be introduced through floor plans and the wiring of basic house circuits.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 


ELECTRICITY & ELECTRONICS 2
No. 9905
Second Semester Only/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5

This level two course is the next step toward providing a solid foundation for students interested in more areas of electronics. This is a hands-on project based course. Classroom and lab experiences will include the designing, building and troubleshooting of digital components, printed circuits, digital and electronic games, radio control, computer, and communications systems.

Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Electricity & Electronics 1 (#9805).


ENGINE SERVICE & CAR CARE
No. 9705
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5

This course will provide basic automotiveknowledge every car owner should have. Concepts covered include types of car engines, transmissions, brakingsystems, fuels and auto technician tools to name a few.  Basic vehicle maintenance will be practicedby completing hands-on activities. Research will be completed in the mock process of buying a new car.  Automotive career opportunities will beexposed throughout the course.

Criteria for Selection – None.


INSIDE YOUR COMPUTER
No. 9508
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 9, 10
Credit 1.0

Studentwill be exposed to the computer hardware and software skills needed to helpmeet the growing demand for entry-level information and communicationtechnology (ICT) professionals. This course covers the fundamentals of PCtechnology, networking, and security, and also provides an introduction toadvanced concepts.  Concepts coveredinclude; internal components of a computer, assembly of a computer system,installation of an operating system, and troubleshooting using system tools anddiagnostic software. Hands-on labs involve the use of desktop computers, laptops, hand held devices and peripheral items. The course helps students prepare for the CompTIA A+ certification.

Criteria for Selection – None.


ROBOTICS 1
No. 9506
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5

Students will acquire a basic understanding oftypes of robots, how they operate, and their application in manufacturing andentertainment. This is a hands-on project based course introduces the studentto generations of robots through a unique curriculum collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University.Classroom and lab activities will include assembling and operating pneumatic(air) components and programming electric jointed arm robots and buildingrobots using LEGO NXT Mindstorm® and Vex Robotics® systems.  Models of robots and assembly lines will bedesigned using a LEGO Digital Designer® program.  Furthermore students will design and buildvarious robots to complete many challenges including walled maze, obstaclecourse, sumo battle and mech battle.  Students willdesign and produce a marble maze utilizing a CNCrouter and etching a design using a laser engraver.  Students are also encouraged to design customcomponents for their robots utilizing the CNCrouter and laser engraver. S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, andMath) concepts willbe addressed throughout the course. 

Criteria for Selection – Electricity & Electronics 1 and 2 are recommended, but not required.


ROBOTICS 2
No. 9507
Semester/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5

The level II Robotics course will providestudents the opportunity to continue the study of robots and automated controlsystems gained through work in the level one course.  Classroom and lab activities will include,using computers and programmable logic controllers to control pneumatic (air)mechanical systems used in manufacturing, product testing, and amusement,building mobile robots using LEGO NXT Mindstorm® and Vex Robotics® systems withvision and radio control will also be experienced in this course. Students arealso encouraged to design custom components for their robots utilizing the CNC router and laser engraver.  S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering,and Math) concepts will be addressed throughout the course.

Criteria for Selection – Robotics 1 required and Electricity & Electronics 1 recommended, but not required.


CADD 2
Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 2
No. 9906
Full Year/Full Time
Grade 10
Credit 1.0

This advanced study of CADD will focus on drawing with advanced tools, to create more complex designs, advanced solid modeling, and assembly drawings. Portfolio development will be a focus, with the following Autodesk software being used: Autocad, Inventor, and REVIT. Areas of engineering addressed will include mechanical, architecture, structural, and civil engineering.

Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of CADD 1 (#9706 or #9806).


CADD 2
Computer-Aided Drawing & Design
No. 9410
Semester/Full Time
Grades 10, 11, 12
Credit 1.0
This course is the semester version of Course #9906.
 
Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of CADD 1 (#9706 or #9806).


MANUFACTURING 2
No. 9603
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 9, 10
Credit .5
Advanced useof CADD (Computer Aided Drawing and Design)software, the CNC (Computer NumericalControlled) Router and the LaserEngraver will be used to aide in the design and develop individualproducts.  This course continues thestudy of wood, woodworking machines, and hand tools, but at an advanced level.  Students will become more independent in thedevelopment, design and engineering of class products. 
 
Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Manufacturing 1 (#9403 or #9503).


MANUFACTURING 2
No. 9604
Semester/Full Time
Grade 9, 10
Credit .5

This course is the semester version of Course #9603.

Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Manufacturing 1 (#9403 or #9503).


TELEVISION PRODUCTION
No. 1910
Semester/Full Time
Grade 10
Credit .5

Students will have the opportunity to explore TV Production in this course. They will learn the basic aspects of production including script writing, story board preparation, audio production, directing, editing, camera techniques, and special effects. The class is open to any student interested in communications, public relations, acting, or technical production.

Criteria for Selection – Application/interview process due to limited class size.


 

MATERIALS - Wood, Metal, and Plastic
No. 9404
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit 1.0

This full-year course provides an opportunity to improve and advance knowledge and skills in using a variety of materials. Although wood is the primary material for the course, plastic and metal are explored and can be utilized in the student designed projects. Students will design and produce projects that will improve their skills, understanding, and knowledge of material processes. More advanced techniques in the use of machines, tools, manufacturing processes, and finishing procedures related to various materials will be included. Careers to which this study could lead include all types of manufacturing, engineering, construction, materials design, cabinetmaking, and carpentry.

Criteria for Selection – None


 

MATERIALS - Wood, Metal, and Plastic
No. 9504
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

This course is the semester version of course #9404.

Criteria for Selection – None


CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS
No. 9608
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit .5

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the characteristics of constructed structures. Architectural plans, site layout/preparation, building codes, permits, specifications, and materials estimating are included. Instruction will be given in masonry, mechanical aspects (electrical, plumbing, heating), roofing, and interior/exterior finishing. Building (framing) a scale model of part of a house is part of the hands-on experience provided by taking this course. Along with residential construction, the student will develop, produce, use, and assess structures while studying architectural design, structural engineering, and community planning concepts. This course will provide a good background for students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction, and building trades. It will also allow the students to become a more knowledgeable homeowner.

Criteria for Selection – None      May 2011 May 2011 May 2011


 

TECH DESIGN & APPLICATION
No. 9408
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit 1.0

This course will allow students to design and build solutions to technological problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills while designing and physically creating solutions to problems engineers are faced with. This course is designed to be the hands-on application of many academic disciplines such as math, science, physics, history, and language arts. Units of study will include, but are not limited to the following areas: aerospace, flight, automotive, transportation, hydrodynamics, catapults, power transfer, industrial design, structural, and prototyping.

Criteria for Selection – None.


STAGE TECHNOLOGY & PRODUCTION
Full Year/Full TimeGrades 11, 12 
No. 9908
Credit 1.0 

This course will cover the principles and techniques of stagecraft, including stage terminology, theater architecture, scenic construction, set painting, tool and machine use, set materials, and production organization.  Implementation of lighting design including reading a light plot, hanging a show, utilizing lighting instruments, programming computer light boards, programming computer sound boards, and utilizing color theory.  Ultimately, all efforts will be centered toward the creation of a functional space, mood, and style for each school production. 


CADD 3
Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 3
No. 9411
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit 1.0

The course involves the development of advanced drafting techniques. Areas of study include surface development, auxiliary views, modeling, working drawings, assembly drawings, architectural design, and architectural structures. Advanced 3D model techniques will be used, movies will be generated from the CADD files, and file exchanges will be made with other schools using the Internet. The Internet will also be used extensively for reference work and component application. Portfolio development will be a focus.

Autodesk products will be used on the PC including AUTOCAD, Inventor, REVIT.

Criteria for Selection – CADD 2 (#9906 or #9410).


 

CADD 4
Computer-Aided Drawing & Design 4
No. 9412
Full Year/Full Time
Grades 12
Credit 1.0

The majority of course work will be made up of independent projects tailored to the student's area of interest, i.e. architecture, mechanical engineering, civil, and structural engineering. Portfolio development will be a major focus of this course.

Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of CADD 3 (#9411).


ROBOTICS 3
No. 9502
Semester/Full Time
Grades 11, 12
Credit 1.0

Robotics III will be offered at NASH to students in 11th and 12th grades.  Robotics II will be a prerequisite for students to enroll into Robotics III.    Students will capstone a STEM journey with robotics at this level.  Continued exposure to robotics and coding through use of the VEX Cortex system and RobotC (full version). Students will develop student driven, job specific (i.e., programmer, fabricators, and marketing) robotic projects based off real problems presented by industry using custom mechatronics components and Andrino boards.  Concepts such as material processes, machining, welding, plasma cutting, CNC, and Rapid Prototyping will be involved in designing and building custom robots. The possibility exists for the incorporation of the FIRST Robotics competition in the months of January and February.  

Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of Robotics I & II.

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