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Technology Education

Technology Education and Engineering

The Technology/Engineering Department offers hands on skills that will prepare you for post-secondary careers and degrees that are related to the STEM industry.

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW) PRE-ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Project Lead the Way is a college recognized pre-engineering program design to introduce students to the career of engineering. This program prepares students for the types of engineering classes they will be taking in college. All students can benefit by completing the entire program, or by taking a few of the classes. Students can also qualify for college credit by successfully completing the core courses and the final exam. The courses listed below fulfill the STEAM requirements under the STEAM educational process. 

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
  • Principles of Engineering (POE)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

Suggested sequence of engineering courses

  • IED is required first, then either POE or CIM 

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

722

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED): In this course, students use 3D solid modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Projects will be designed to help inspire and encourage students to further their education in STEM related fields. Prerequisite: Students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science courses.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

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GRADE

LEVEL

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Principles of Engineering

723

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1 

Principles of Engineering: This survey course of engineering exposes students of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Prerequisite: Algebra I, Completion of Introduction to Engineering Design with a “C” or better.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

724

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM):  This course bridges the gap between design and prototype. Students create projects on the computer using 3D modeling software, robotics software, and others. Students are able to create their prototypes by learning to use CNC Mills, 3D Printers, Robotic Arms and other forms of automation.  Prerequisite: Algebra I, Completion of Introduction to Engineering Design with a “C” or better.


TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION / STEAM CLASSES

Part of the Technology Education & Engineering Department

  

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Introduction to Transportation / Energy Systems

700

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½ 

Introduction to Transportation / Energy Systems: Applications of transportation and energy systems are all around us. These systems have an enormous impact in our daily lives. In this course, students will learn about transportation and energy through construction of related projects. These may include: designing and building a scale race car; the study of energy sources and conversion devices; an introduction to the world of flight through building and flying several model airplanes and a hot air balloon, and the launching of a model rocket; the study of water transportation through the design and construction of a model boat.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

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Aeronautical Studies

701

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Aeronautical Studies: This is a full-year STEAM class. Any student who has an interest in flying will be fascinated in this course of study. In this class you will learn to fly in a flight simulator, construct a model airplane, design and create an additional aircraft through teamwork. A field trip to the local airport generates experience in the real world of aviation. Select this course if you have the desire to have a career as a pilot, an aeronautical engineer, or an aviation maintenance technician.

 
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COURSE NUMBER

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Graphics I

710

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Graphics I:  In this semester STEAM course, students are introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection software package, to be used as a tool in the development of projects in the areas of screen printing (t-shirts and drawstring bags), sublimation printing (mugs, mouse pads, and jewelry), photography (composition and photo editing), vinyl cutting (signs, decals, and glass etching), and commercial illustrating (packaging, posters and magazine ads). Students will work individually and cooperatively in applying their creativity and computer skills to the planning and hands-on production of these products. Students will also explore the career opportunities available in the field of graphic communications. This course is recommended as a prerequisite to the 1 credit course, Graphics II.

 

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Graphics II

711

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1

Graphics II: This is a full-year STEAM course where students will review basic principles of design and develop proficiency in the use of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection software package to produce projects in Screen printing (t-shirts and drawstring bags), sublimation printing (mugs, mouse pads, and jewelry), photography (composition and photo editing), vinyl cutting (signs, decals, and glass etching), and commercial illustrating (packaging, posters and magazine ads), all areas of the Graphic Communications industry that are covered extensively in this full year course. This course will help students create better visual presentations for future educational or professional endeavors, and may even encourage some students to pursue a career in the graphics industry. Graphics I is highly recommended, but not mandated, as a prerequisite to this class.

 

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Introduction to Electrical Systems

720

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Introduction to Electrical Systems: If you are a student interested in being prepared for college courses in engineering, science, etc., this is for you. If you are interested in a career in electronics, this is also for you. Students will explore several areas of electricity including Ohm’s Law, resistor color code, electronic projects, digital circuits, and residential wiring. Hands-on involvement of circuit assembly, circuit testing using breadboard to design their circuits, and digital multi-meters to measure voltage, current, and resistance. Schematic reading and knowledge will reinforce electronic theory. The residential wiring systems unit is structured around the educational concepts of “Learning by Doing”, and therefore student’s complete actual working AC circuits, such as: switch control of ceiling light and duplex receptacle circuits. The theme here is “Repair/Replace’ wiring skills and procedures rather than electrician training. A practical study of electronics has a very great deal to offer the basic educational process of all students, because it plays an important part in the devices we use every day of our lives, whether at school, at work, or at leisure.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

CADD I

730

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

CADD I: This introduction course is a semester long class where students learn the fundamentals of Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Students learn the most commonly used CADD programs such as AutoCAD and Inventor. Students learn how to generate orthographic, isometric, oblique, projection, and sectional drawings. This course is essential for any student considering a career in engineering, architecture, or any technical field. 

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

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LEVEL

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CADD II

731

3

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

1

CADD II: This full year course expands on previously learned concepts related to Computer Aided Drafting and Design taught in the CADD 1 class. Students generate advanced 2D drawings and 3D models using AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit. Students will also cover architectural plans, construction design, and mechanical engineering. This course is essential for any student considering a career in engineering, architecture, or any technical field. The CADD I class is not required but is recommended before taking this course of study.

 

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Introduction to Woodworking

750

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Introduction to Woodworking - This is a one-semester STEAM class that is designed to introduce students to general woodworking practices.  Students will expand their knowledge and experience through various projects, lessons, and vocabulary.  Students will be expected to learn about and safely use hand tools, power tools, and woodworking machinery.  The projects are designed to give students as much experience as possible by using many different machines and tools.  The projects will also cover as many aspects of the building and woodworking industries as is possible in an entry level course. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have woodworking skills that will be useful in any aspect of the construction industry. Additionally, the student should have a broader understanding of construction processes as well as more in depth problem solving skills.

 

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Advanced Woodworking

751

3

10 11 12

1 – 3

1 

Advanced woodworking - This is a full-year class that is designed to continue building student’s woodworking skills.  Students will expand their knowledge and experience through designing and producing one or more pieces of furniture.  Students will be expected to learn about and safely use hand tools, power tools, CNC equipment and woodworking machinery.  The projects are designed to give students as much experience as possible by using many different machines and tools.  Students will have the opportunity to build individual projects, but periodically we will build a large group projects like a canoe.  The instructor makes every effort allow the class to choose the project. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have woodworking skills that will be useful in any aspect of the construction industry. Additionally, the student should have a broader understanding of construction processes, CNC programming and more in-depth problem solving skills.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

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Foundations of Technology

760

3

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

1

Foundations of Technology: This full year Applied Engineering and Technology course that offers 1 science and technology credit. This course will focus on all aspects of technology including the history of technology, engineering and design, power and energy, and physical science. This course will also cover the impacts of technology on the environment and society. This course is primarily lab based and will require a strong focus on safety.

 

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Media Production

770

3

10 11 12

2 - 3

1

Media Production: Students in Live Television Production will be engaged in the workings of live T.V. Students will learn the process for using high-end technology to produce television shows. Students will be required to work as broadcast journalists to create interesting and entertaining media content to be delivered to the students of Bethel Park through the “Blackhawk T.V. Show”. Students will be responsible for running all aspects of the television studio, recording all video clips, and airing the Blackhawk T.V. productions to the student body.  


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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Video Productions I

771

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½ 

Video Productions I:  Students in Video Productions I will be introduced to the world of film-making. Students will produce, direct, act in, film and edit their own videos. Students will learn how to successfully story-board, use HD cameras, and edit using Final Cut Pro X and other video editing software.

 

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Video Productions II

772

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Video Productions II:  Students in Video Productions II will take the next step in the world of film-making. Students will still be required to produce, direct, act in, film and edit their own videos. Students will learn advanced camera techniques, advanced video editing skills, and special effects using Adobe After Effects. Pre-requisite: Video Productions I


The Bethel Park School District requires all students to complete four credits that meet the standards for Science. This can be satisfied through the following options: Complete four science credits or three science credits and/or technology-related credits for graduation. Technology-related courses are listed below. See Technology Education & Engineering section for a course description.

 

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

724

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Introduction to Engineering & Design

722

3

9 10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Principals of Engineering

723

3

10 11 12

2 – 3

1

Foundations of Technology

760

3

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

1