TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

The aim of the Technology Education Department is two-fold.  In our Digital Literacy course, the only required course in our department, the focus is on providing all of our freshmen with the technology skills and practices that will help them succeed in all of their classes at Montini Catholic.  The rest of our courses are designed to teach fundamental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills in a variety of leading technology fields.  The Technology Education Department also attempts to instill students with a sense of the ethical, moral, legal, and Christian implications of the technology that they use and the ways they use technology to create, communicate, and work.

DIGITAL LITERACY

Grade: 9
Course: 825
½ Credit (Semester Course)

The nucleus of this course is solving real life problems using skills outlined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  These skills include:  Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, Digital Citizenship, and Technology Operations and Concepts.  The course is App Centered focusing more on skill-sets rather than specific software.  Integral to the class are organization and problem-solving.  The course relies solely on the use of our Learning Management system to deliver and collect assignments.  These skills are essential pieces of our schoolwide Digital Learning Initiative.  A working knowledge of these applications and work-flows will better prepare students for success in their courses at Montini Catholic High School and in their future academic and professional careers.  This course is required for graduation.

CAD I

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 844
½ Credit (Semester Course)

Students will learn to visualize and graphically describe two-dimensional and three-dimensional solutions to typical drafting problems using multiple CAD software tools for drafting and design. This class is designed for students who wish to explore the areas of engineering, architecture, drafting, and other related fields.

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

CAD II

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 845
1/2 Credit (Semester Course)

Students will master advanced 3D design tools and techniques that build on concepts learned in CAD I.  There will be an emphasis on real-world problem solving and the use of 3D printing to prototype and test student designs.  This course will include collaborative projects that will involve students from other courses in our department.  Students will explore advanced concepts in Architecture and Mechanical Engineering.  Students will make extensive use of several 3D design software packages.

Prerequisite: CAD I

 

ROBOTICS I

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 850
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This hands-on STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) course will provide an introduction to computer programming and robotics engineering. Students will learn Scratch, a visual programming language developed by the Media Lab at M.I.T., as well as robotics control extensions Enchanting and Lejos. Basic engineering principles will be explored as students build programmable robots designed to accomplish specific tasks. The course will include real-world problem-solving challenges, and challenge-based competitions. No previous programming experience is required.

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

ROBOTICS II

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 851
1/2 Credit (Semester Course)

This course will build on the basic concepts mastered in Robotics I.  Students will design, build, program, and test robots using the Arduino microcontroller.  The Arduino IDE (a subset of the C++ programming language) and RobotC will be used extensively in student projects.  The basics of electrical wiring and building complex electronic circuits will be explored.  Some use of hand-tools and small power tools may be required.  The course will include real-world problem-solving challenges and challenge-based competitions.  Some use of 3D design software and 3D printing will also be required.  Lab Fee of $175 includes a student-built robot that students can keep at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite: Robotics I

 

PROGRAMMING IN JAVA

Grade: 11, 12
Grade: 854
½ Credit (Semester Course)
This course is an introductory programming course using the popular high level programming language Java. In addition to emphasizing basic logic, array structures, and sub-programs, students are introduced to Java's object oriented programming nature.

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

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