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Technology Courses

BROADCAST JOURNALISM - (7th and 8th grade: 1 Semester)

Your parents don't want you watching too much TV, but what if it's your homework assignment!?  Here's your chance to create your own video projects:  instructional videos, news stories, commercials, public service announcements, movie trailers, advanced green-screen special effects, editing techniques, man-on-the-street interviews, and documentaries. You'll do it all!  Just bring your creativity and a desire to work and have fun.  Learn how to use camcorders and computer-based video editing equipment.  This is the class that produces First AveNEWS!   This course may be repeated.

<<< This class is responsible for creating the live morning announcements and will require you to be at school at 7:45 one day a week. 

 

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS - (7th and 8th grade; 1 Semester) 

In the 21st Century, the computer is a vital tool, and you need to know how to be a “power user.”  This exciting course will give you a solid foundation in keyboarding skills, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, art and communications, as well as computer market awareness, terminology and computer ethics.  You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to build your own websites using HTML, the language of the Internet!

 

CREATIVE ENGINEERING - (7th and 8th grade: 1 Semester)

If you would like to explore the creative side of engineering through project based / hands-on learning, here is your chance.  Using the design process, you will dabble in robotics, structural / civil engineering and computer coding to discover how creative you can be. 

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY 1 - (7th and 8th grade; 1 Semester)

Working in small groups and independently, students will rotate through several units that emphasize the use of computer technology in a guided hands-on approach to learning.  The units cover flight, drafting, wood projects, metals, geometric design using plastics and mousetrap vehicles.  Each unit is designed to reinforce the core curricular areas of Math, Science, and History while having fun.

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY 2 - (7th and 8th grade; 1 Semester; Prerequisite: Industrial Technology 1)

Working in small groups and independently, students will rotate through several units that emphasize the use of computer technology in a guided hands-on approach to learning.  The units cover mechanical advantage and solar energy by building solar cars, drafting, and advanced woodworking making boxes and your choice of project.  Each unit is designed to reinforce the core curricular areas of Math, Science, and History while having fun.

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY 3 - (8th grade; 1 Semester; Prerequisite: Industrial Technology 1 and 2)

Working in small groups and independently, students will use computer and other technologies to research, design and build projects using a variety of materials.  Areas of emphasis will include magnetic levitation, alternative and renewable energy sources, computer aided drafting (CAD) and advanced woodworking with emphasis on using the scroll saw, and other choice projects including rubber band powered airplanes or building a hydrogen-powered vehicle.  Some students may choose to design and build their own guitar, which is available for an additional materials fee.  Course may be repeated with instructor consent.

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY- GUITAR MAKING - (8th Grade: 1 Semester)

Using a kit of your choice you will build a solid body electric guitar or an acoustic guitar.  During your time in this class you will learn the ins and outs of guitar making, finishing, electronics and set up. You will paint and/or polish your new instrument until it gleams adding special touches to make it uniquely your own.

Important: Kits cost $125.00 and up (subject to change).  Finishing supplies are provided, however, students need to provide color paint of choice should they choose to have a colored instead of natural finish.  Must have parent permission and signature to be enrolled.