Technology 6 is the first in a series of three Technology courses a student must complete to satisfy their 1 credit requirement at South Middle School. Students study the history of technology, explore the science and mechanics of simple machines, and work on various problem solving activities.
Students will also be involved in a manufacturing unit where they will learn about mass production, interchangeable parts, assembly line, jigs and fixtures. Each student will bring home a wooden charging station/notepad holder that the student helped to create.
This is a quarter course. Classes meet everyday for 10 weeks.
Technology 7 is the second in a series of three courses that satisfy the NYS requirement for Technology Education on the middle school level. Students are introduced to current technologies and study them in great detail in our STEM Labs. Modules include Alternative Energy, Transportation Tool Usage and more. The problem solving/hands-on learning includes building an egg crash or compressed air vehicle that meets prescribed criteria and constraints. Students also research, design, construct and refine a functional solar cooker and a working wind turbine.
This course meets for two quarters/one semester. Classes meet every other day.
Technology 8 is the third in a series of three courses that satisfy the NYS requirement for Technology Education on the middle school level. Students are introduced to current technologies and study them in great detail in our STEM Labs. Modules include 3D printing, bridge design, orthographic perspective drawing, CAD, construction and building, alternative energy, transportation and more. Hands-on learning/problem solving includes building a magnetic levitation vehicle that needs to meet prescribed criteria and constraints; as well as designing and building a toothpick bridge that is crushed and an efficiency ratio is determined. Students will build several different types of circuits and then create an integrated electrical circuit/nightlight from scratch. Students are expected to develop an understanding of electricity, energy, communications, and transportation through several problem solving and decision-making activities. 3D designing is explored and a project is designed and printed using the 3D printer. This is a true STEM environment.
This course meets for two quarters/one semester. Classes meet every day.