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Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (IDEA)
Course Number: IA26
Duration: 2 Sem/2 Credits
Grade: 9-11 (STEM Academy Course)
Fees: $10 for materials used
Prerequisites: None
Intended for: All students who have an interest in the wide variety of fields related to architecture and engineering.

Ever tried to design something new or draw up an idea you want to share with your friends and wondered how you could communicate your idea? Or, have you ever wanted to design a new MP3 player or your own dream home? Then Introduction to Design, Engineering and Architecture (IDEA) is the course for you. As you learn about the aspects of engineering and architecture you will apply your knowledge to various problem solving activities and hands on projects. The major focus of the course is learning how to turn an idea or need into a manufactured product. Students will have the opportunity to utilize various state of the art CAD software from Autodesk including: Inventor a mechanical design software that takes engineers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling them to design, visualize, and simulate products before they are ever built, and Revit Architecture software that helps you take your design from concept model all the way to construction documents by allowing you to sketch freely, create 3D forms quickly, and manipulate forms interactively all within one intuitive environment.
IDEA is intended to serve as the foundation course within the STEM academy course sequence.

Course Title: CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (CEA)
Course Number: IA27
Duration: 2 Sem/ 2 Credits
Grade: 10-12 (STEM Academy Course)
Fees: $10 for materials used
Prerequisites: Successful completion of IDEA (Introduction to Design, Engineering and Architecture)
Intended for: All students who have an interest in fields related to architecture and engineering.

Students taking the CEA course will learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of real world experiences that will provide an overview in the fields related to civil engineering and architecture. Students will work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics specific to the related fields. In addition, students use state of the art 3D design software from Autodesk to help design and document solutions for major course projects throughout the year. Students will communicate and present solutions to their peers as well as members of the professional community of engineers and architects.
CEA is intended to serve as a course within the STEM academy course sequence.

Course Title: ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE DEVELOPMENT (EAD)
Course Number: IA28
Duration: 2 Sem/ 2 Credits
Grade: 11-12
Fees: $10 for materials used
Prerequisites: Successful completion of CEA (Civil Engineering and Architecture)
Intended for: All students who have a strong interest in fields related to architecture and engineering.

Students taking EAD will continue to develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills by applying them to various real world experiences in their community. Students will apply engineering and architecture skills to long term projects that encompass team work, sustainable design, presentations skills, the use of graphical materials including various Autodesk CAD software, model development, cost estimating, and creative, persuasive and technical writing.
EAD is intended to serve as a course within the STEM academy course sequence.

Course Title: ROBOTICS
Course Number: IA32
Duration: 2 Sem/2 Credits
Grade: 10-12
Fees: $10
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in or completed Geometry.

Students will use the VEX Robotics System to deeply understand robotic systems. Students will learn about structure, motion, power, sensors, control, logic and programming systems of a robot while using the engineering problem solving model. This will allow students to design and create robots to perform specific tasks. Students will also have the opportunity to compete against peers to test their knowledge of robotics. Students will also research applications of robotics used around the world to improve the quality of life for people. Critical thinking, flexibility, team work and communication skills will be stressed throughout this course.

Course Title: HOME MAINTENANCE
Course Number: IA40
Duration: 1 Sem/1 Credit
Grade: 9-12
Fees: $10 for materials used
Prerequisites: None
Intended for: All Students

Student will be introduced to the fundamentals of residential buildings. Topics and labs include wall framing, building materials, electrical, tile and flooring, plumbing, drywall and painting. Scaled construction projects, home maintenance hands-on activities, and written curriculum will be used to explore the world of residential living. Construction safety will be taught throughout each unit. Communication skills and teamwork will be emphasized.

Course Title: MANUFACTURING
Course Number: IA31
Duration: 1 Sem/1 Credit
Grade: 9-12
Fees: $10 for materials used
Prerequisites: None
Intended for: All Students

Students will use manufacturing processes, laser cutting, welding, electrical systems to manage, understand and assess technology. Students will also explore different welding applications with an opportunity to complete many welding labs. Complicated open-ended problem-based design activities will be used to increase the student’s technological literacy. Students will be focusing on manufacturing and technology related careers that are available after high school.

Course Title: WOODS I - TOOLS AND MATERIALS
Course Number: IA50
Duration: 1 Sem/ 1 Credit
Grade: 9-11
Fees: $5 Lab fee plus $15 for wood used for 2 projects.
Prerequisites: None
Recommendation: For other semester, you may choose Home Maintenance or Manufacturing.

This course is designed for the beginning woodworker and as the foundation for all other woodworking courses. Upon successful completion of this course the student will have the basic skills needed to enter the more advanced courses offered, or to work safely and efficiently in a home shop situation. The student will learn the correct terms and uses of materials and processes. Students will also learn safe and proper applications of woodworking hand tools, along with selected machine tools. Beginning with classroom instruction and learning about wood and the woodworking industry the class will evolve into lab situations. The labs are project based and will imply the use and techniques of woodworking and tools to complete 2 specific projects for each student.

Course Title: WOODS II - WOODWORKING PROCESSES
Course Number: IA51
Duration: 2 Sem/ 2 Credits
Grade: 10-12
Fees: $15 Lab fee per semester plus cost for materials taken home
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Woods I or written recommendation from Manufacturing, Home Maintenance or IDEA instructor.
Intended for: All Students

This course is designed as the foundation for machine woodworking and cabinetry. A basic knowledge of casework furniture will be taught in this class. It will give a deeper view into woodworking by introducing cabinetmaking and providing the basics for a career in a woodworking field. Students will review the care and use of hand tools and be introduced to portable power tools, and woodworking machines. As the year progresses the students will be introduced to more advanced machines and processes as well as various problem-solving exercises. Students will learn about joinery used in furniture construction, making a materials bill, and reading complex working drawings. Students will also be introduced to hardware and its applications and will also be exposed to state of the art, computer controlled methods of manufacturing. Class time will be divided between a classroom setting and laboratory work. Students will build a small assigned, introductory project, and then choose 1 to 2 moderately sized furniture projects from a short list provided by the instructor. A down payment must be paid before starting the furniture project.
Total cost of the year’s projects will depend upon the type of wood and size of the project selected by the student. (All projects must be paid for, in full in order to receive credit and take the project home. )

Course Title: WOODS III - CABINETRY
Course Number: IA52
Duration: 2 Sem/ 2 Credits
Grade: 11-12
Fees: $15 Lab fee per semester plus cost for materials taken home
Prerequisites: Woods II

This course is designed for the serious woodworking student who is interested in possibly pursuing a career in cabinet making, woodworking, or for anyone who wishes to have the knowledge needed to build fine furniture as a leisure time activity. Students in this class will utilize knowledge learned in the previous two classes plus advanced techniques developed in this class to build a challenging cabinet-style project.
During the year, students will be introduced to Computer Controlled Manufacturing. Students will practice and incorporate MasterCAM design software to produce parts on the CNC mill. There is also an opportunity to incorporate the use of our Laser Engraver and other 21st century equipment in student projects as well.
Students may make any project they feel capable of making. Size and cost are to be determined by the student’s needs. A down payment must be paid before starting. The student may choose plans from an outside source or design their own project. Written assignments and practice projects will also be included to strengthen the student’s understanding of the processes necessary to successfully complete their projects.

Course Title: WOODS IV - FURNITURE DESIGN
Course Number: IA54
Duration: Two Semesters/Two Credits
Grade: 12
Fees: $20 for the year plus the cost of materials used to build the project
Prerequisites: Woods III and instructors recommendation

This course is designed for the serious woodworker who is interested in designing and building furniture and possibly pursuing woodworking as a career. Throughout the year the students may be introduced to local business and Industry partners who’s retail and services revolve around the woodworking and manufacturing industry. Interested students may also have the opportunity to further explore some of these areas in order to gain a better understanding of what the Woodworking and Manufacturing industries demand. Student projects are also expected, but not required, to transition away from casework cabinetry and concentrate on designing "free form" style of furniture. Function, form, size and cost of the projects are to be determined by the need of the student. A down payment is needed before beginning any project. The student will research furniture styles and techniques to determine the type of project he or she will build. Using this research, the student will write narratives incorporating the information with the methods used while building their project. These papers will include technical writing as well as descriptive writing styles. Also included will be projects designed to nurture each student’s problem-solving skills. Projects are to be paid “in-full” in order to receive credit and take the project home.