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Technology Education

Bethel Park School District Technology Education Curriculum
Mission:

The mission of the Technology Education Department of Bethel Park School District is to advance technological literacy at all levels, and prepare our citizenry to live in and contribute to our technologically-based society.

Description:

The use of technology is a significant factor that influences the ways in which people conduct their lives and business. Participation in courses within this department will aid students in developing the necessary technological literacy skills through the completion of authentic tasks and applications. While elements of technology are integrated within the school-wide curriculum, middle school students participate in a required course and an array of electives are available to high school students.

Pete Martin
5-12 Technology Education Curriculum Facilitator
412-854-8541

Middle School Technology Education:

Technology education is the use of accumulated knowledge to process resources to meet human needs and improve the quality of life. Middle school students develop the ability to select and correctly use materials, tools, techniques and processes to answer questions, understand explanations and solve problems encountered in real life situations. These overriding themes require students to design, create, use, evaluate and modify systems of biotechnologies, information technologies, and physical technologies.                       

High School Technology Education:

Our future is dependent on how well we learn to understand, create, and apply technology. Technology is the major factor that shapes the way we work and live. Enrollment in courses within this program enable students to better understand technology, develop problem-solving abilities and a technological base for future learning, examine the relationships between individuals, technology, and society, and explore interest and opportunities related to technology. 

Course Offerings:

Transportation, Power and Energy Systems      
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

In this class, students gain an understanding in the three areas of transportation. The three areas consist of land, water, and air transportation systems. In land transportation, the students must problem-solve and produce a vehicle that is powered by a mousetrap. In the area of water transportation, the students design and construct a radio controlled boat hull which includes a motor and components to control the speed and direction. In the air transportation unit, students construct a glider to learn about the fundamentals of flight. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement. It was the winner of the GAMA Award for Excellence in Aviation Education. 

Introduction to Electrical Systems
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: None

Students who are interested in completing college courses in engineering and science, or are interested in a career in electronics should consider enrollment in this course. Students will explore several areas of electricity including Ohm’s Law, resister color code, electronic projects, digital circuits, and residential wiring.

Automation Systems (Honors)
Grade 11-12
Level 3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
California University of PA Credit
Prerequisite: Algebra I

Students interested in preparing for college courses in engineering should consider enrolling in this course. Automation Systems provides the student with a variety of introductory experiences in industrial automation. Theoretical as well as practical hands-on laboratory applications are conducted in robotics, automatic guided vehicles (AGV’s), machine vision, CNC programming, automatic identification (barcodes), and programmable logic controllers (PLC’s). Students learn what automation is, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it is applied. Students will design and construct their own automated line robot. Once completed, this battery powered robot will be able to follow a specific path. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Upon successful completion, for a total of $75.00, students can receive 3 college credits from California University of Pennsylvania as part of the California University in the High School (CUHS) program. Qualified high school juniors (GPA 3.2) and seniors (3.0) may participate in the CUHS program.

Introduction to Graphics Communications
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: None

Graphics Communication is a sophisticated and rapidly growing industry. In this course, students will work individually and cooperatively to apply their creativity and computer skills to the planning and hands-on production of several graphic products. The young men and women who take this course will develop a wide range of graphic communication skills and product printing methods including screen and computerized sublimation printing. Students will also explore the career opportunities available in the field of graphic communications.

Graphics Communications Design and Technology
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course offers students basic knowledge in the following areas of graphic communications: principles of layout and design, digital imaging, photography, printing techniques, and product development. They will become proficient in the use of several different computer applications, enabling them to produce better digital presentations. They will practice good composition techniques in taking photos, and also learn how to digitally edit their photographs. Through hands-on experiences, they will learn lithographic, screen, and gravure printing processes. Project development will also implement finishing techniques such as cutting, folding, and binding. The course also offers information on the chemistry of inks and paper. Students learn the importance of recycling and the proper disposal of materials. 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. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Introduction to the Basics of CADD     
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: None

Students who are enrolled in this course will study the ways in which engineers use Computer Aided Drafting and Design programs to put their ideas of how to build things on paper. The fundamentals on the most commonly used CADD programs “AutoCAD 2008” and “Inventor 2008” will be explored. How to read blueprints, how to draw orthographic views, projection of views, dimensioning, oblique drawings, and isometric drawings are some of the topics covered.

CADD 1 AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

Students in this course study how engineers and architects use Computer Aided Drafting and Design Programs to develop and explain their ideas of how to build things on paper. The fundamentals of the most commonly used CADD programs, “AutoCAD 2008” and “Inventor 2008” will be explored. How to read blueprints, how to draw orthographic views, projection of views, dimensioning, oblique drawings, and isometric drawings are some of the topics covered. Architectural plans including the floor and basement plans and elevations will be studied and copied. 

Introduction to Manufacturing Enterprise in Metal
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: None

In this course, students will develop basic manufacturing and enterprising skills. Basic techniques and processes will be used to produce metal products, utilizing different methods of manufacturing, various tools, machines, and resources in the metal technology lab.

Introduction to Transportation/ Energy Systems
Grade 9-12
Level 1-3
Semester Course – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: None

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 the 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, 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. 

Air Transportation Systems
Grade 10-12
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

This course will answer many questions, such as how a plane can fly, how pilots navigate, and what kind of instruments are found in the cockpit. All of the students have an opportunity to learn and experience flying in one of the flight simulators. The simulated instruction for this course is focused primarily around the cockpit from the Cessna 182. Each student develops his or her skills through guided flight instruction on a controlled flight. Opportunities are also available for students to learn the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.

Introduction to Manufacturing Enterprise/ Woodworking
Grade 9-10
Level 1-2
Grade 9-12
Semester Course – ½ Credit 

In this course, students will develop beginning manufacturing and enterprising skills. Basic techniques and processes will be used to make wood products utilizing different methods of manufacturing, various tools, machines, and resources in the wood technology lab.

Wood Materials and Processes
Grade 10-12                           
Level 1-3
Full Year Course – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: None

Students will have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge in the field of woodworking that was introduced in the Introduction to Manufacturing Enterprise / Woodworking class. Topics covered include the continued care and use of hand tools and the further introduction of power equipment. Basic joinery and fundamental techniques of wood fabrication are continued using both hand and power equipment. Additional finishing techniques are also studied. This course can be used to fulfill the senior project requirement.