CTE STEM PATHWAY

Technology & Engineering's primary goal is active investigation into the world of technology as it affects our daily lives. Courses provide all students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and use technology; and to participate in our global, technical society as informed citizens, productive workers and wise consumers of products and services. Students can explore an area completely new to them; gain greater depth in an area of interest; and continue their career awareness and planning pathway. Students will develop valuable skills for life through the use of a variety of basic tools, equipment, and machines as well as advanced technology such as computer graphics, computer aided design and manufacturing, information technology hardware & software, and robotics essential to the engineering and design fields. Technology & Engineering courses provide an excellent foundation for students who intend to pursue education for careers in technical design or engineering.

Technology & Engineering offers college credit for select courses as noted through the College Career Pathways program partnership with the community colleges of Connecticut.

Engineering & Architectural Design

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

In this course students will utilize professional, architectural software and technology to develop an understanding of the vast world of design as it is applied in engineering and architecture career fields. Students will use industry-standard computer aided drafting/design (CAD) and 3-D modeling software within the design process as they experience hands-on activities in the fabrication of products, structures and buildings. Topics of study include floor plans, windows, furniture and commercial codes within housing designs and construction units.  (This course fits within the STEM Pathway.  Look for other STEM courses under Science, Technology & Engineering and Mathematics).

Engineering Applications

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Engineering & Architectural Design course or teacher/counselor recommendation.

This advanced engineering course is for students interested in engineering and architectural careers. Students will explore real world problems and implement dynamic, technological solutions within different engineering environments. Through the use of state of the art, industry-standard software students of varied backgrounds will individually and collaboratively research problems and develop functional prototypes and solutions using computers, software, CNC routers, and 3D printers.  (This course fits within the STEM Pathway.  Look for other STEM courses under Science, Technology & Engineering and Mathematics).

Computer Technology

1 Credit 
Grades 9-12 
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to present the most up-to-date information in the rapidly changing world of computers, hardware and peripherals, operating system software and networking. Students will learn how to build, upgrade and troubleshoot personal computers in addition to learning the skill set required to pursue Computer Information Systems (CIS) careers in fields such as computer technical support, network administration, network design and troubleshooting. The knowledge and skills learned in this course will allow students to apply concepts and strategies to real world hardware and network issues. This course will focus on the principles needed to prepare students for computer industry certification exams, continued CIS education in the post-secondary level and/or obtain an entry level computer service/support job. (This course fits within the STEM Pathway. Look for other STEM courses under Science, Technology & Engineering and Mathematics).

Robotics & Electronics Concepts

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to robotics and electronics, two of the fastest growing industries in the world. Through the study of electronic currents and applied logic students gain an overview of principles found in electronics, components, test equipment, circuit design and construction. Through hands-on activities found within the VEX robotics platform fundamental aspects of robotics programming, computer coding, design, construction and application are incorporated. The combination of robotics and electronics topics provide students with a blended learning experience. (This course fits within the STEM Pathway. Look for other STEM courses under Science, Technology & Engineering and Mathematics).

Digital Electronics & Robotics

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Robotics & Electronics Concepts

This course enhances the study of robotics and is designed for students who successfully completed the first year Robotics & Electronics Concepts course and are looking to pursue electronical engineering in greater depth. Topics include power supplies, digital communications, computer applications, logic design, oscillators, integrated circuits, FET's, robotics theory, design and application. Individualized areas of study will be available throughout the year with experimentation and construction of electronic circuits and laboratory experimentation.  (This course fits within the STEM Pathway.  Look for other STEM courses under Science, Technology & Engineering and Mathematics).

Game & Web Design

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course will introduce students to the world of web page creation and game design. Students will learn programming concepts and use industry standard web authoring software to develop authentic web sites and video games. Students will also study game theory, design, and development while working with various open-source engines. Coding, graphic development, storyboarding, and animation are just some of the skills built and activities found within this creative course. (This course fits within the STEM Pathway. Look for other STEM courses under Science, Technology & Engineering and Mathematics). Note: students have the opportunity to earn community college credit in Game & Web Design if enrolled in the College Career Pathways (CCP) program.

AP Computer Science Principles

1 Credit
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Algebra II (any level)

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, fostering computational thinking and inviting students to understand how computing changes the world. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and while using simulations to explore questions of interest. There is a focus on using technology and programming as a means to solve problems. This course highlights the relevance of computer science by emphasizing the vital impact advances in computing have on people and society. Students also have the opportunity to investigate the innovations in other fields that computing has made possible and examine the ethical implications of new computing technologies. Fundamental course components are: creative thinking, abstraction, data, algorithms, programming, the internet and societal impact. This course is project-based, and designed to help students to access technology as creators, not just consumers. Participation in the Advanced Placement exam is an expectation of this course. (This course fits within the STEM Pathway. Look for other STEM courses under Science, Technology & Engineering and Mathematics).