Technology 8:  Students are introduced to the nature of technology and the ways technological systems such as construction, manufacturing, transportation, and communication satisfy human needs and wants.  Coursework involves research, problem solving, planning, building, testing, and evaluating various processes, devices, and outputs of technology.  In addition, students are exposed to technological concepts such as control of processes, career opportunities, personal and social implications of technology, and the use of the computer as a tool.  This is the gateway course to the Project Lead the Way curriculum which students will have the option of continuing in high school. Students will experience field trips and public speakers to explore various careers and professions.


Coding and Robotics: Coding and Robotics is an introductory computer science course for students. Mapped to CSTA standards, the course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, user-centered design, and data. Students will have the opportunity to build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems. Students will also be able to apply coding for drones as well as robots that bring in the areas of music and art! (½ credit, meets every other day)


Engineering and Design: Through problems that engage and challenge, students will explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. This is a very hands-on course where students will design, construct,t and evaluate to complete particular tasks.  Students will develop skills in problem-solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. (1 credit, meets every day)