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Engineering and Technology

Students will gain confidence using current and up-and-coming technologies, which will assist them in navigating an increasingly technological world. These classes will help students gain experience in fields they may wish to pursue in college. Our classes provide students with active learning situations where they are able to develop and practice their problem-solving skills through experiences in technology.
Basic Photography (13+) Rm #20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Students must have their own camera. Recommended camera would be a Canon Rebel T5I or any Rebel.
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Learn the basics of photography. You'll learn the basic foundation of photography, how your camera works, how to use natural light, photography rules and how to compose an amazing eye catching image.

Coding & Computer Literacy (14+) Rm. 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students will start by learning about coding fundamentals such as variables, loops, and if/then statements. From there, they progress to working with graphics and eventually to building games. Students will also become efficient with typing skills and learn how to use the features of Google Drive.
This is a self-paced course where kids work through a series of lessons at their own pace.


Coding Fun & Computer Skills (9-13) Rm. 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Learn to code through games and activities! Master fundamental functions, create code blocks, and draw and move shapes. Students will learn the basic building blocks of programming. Learn typing skills and basic functions of Google Drive.


Design Challenge STEM (8-10) Rm. 20
Teacher: Kelly Hilgeman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 10
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students will start each design challenge with a little close reading and research. For example, students will read about the tallest building and answer some close reading questions to help them learn about the structure of skyscrapers. They will then design and build the tallest skyscraper possible using only index cards. In January, students will read about what a civil right is. They will then design a monument out of any classroom items that honors the contributions of a male or female civil rights leader. In the spring, students will read to find out if all birds fly south in the winter. They will then design an upcycled birdhouse from recycled items.


Engineering 14+ Rm #35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Must have a good understanding of Algebra I.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
We learn how to apply and build on the science and math skills students already know. We take a hands-on, project based, collaborative approach. We will rotate through several core engineering subjects including:
· Units and Conversion
· Uniform and Accelerated Motion
· Motion in 3 dimensions
· Vectors and Resultant forces
· Engineering Design Process
· Construction and using tools


Photoshop Plus (13+) Rm. 20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: Students are required to purchase the "Student" or "Photo package" of Adobe Creative cloud. Students must also have a laptop that can run the program. Chromebooks do not work with this program.
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Take an indepth look into photoshop. Learn the basic tools, how to use the program, techniques that will make you stand out, photomanipulation and learn how to composite an image like a pro. This class will take a much deeper dive into photoshop than the Photoshop basics class.

Students are required to purchase the "Student" or "Photo package" of Adobe Creative cloud. Students must also have a laptop that can run the program. Chromebooks do not work with this program.


Robotics (10-12) Wed. Rm. 35
Teacher: Tiffany Medcalf
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 10 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
Use robotics to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to life!

Students will be guided step-by-step through the building and programming of robot behavior. They follow up their prototype work with a robotics investigation in which the students experiment with the robot’s motors, sensors, and programming to learn how robots really work. Students will then design and program their own robots to solve problems and complete challenges and competitions. We will finish the year with a battlebot competition.



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