Engineering-Technology Education (ETE)


Robotics 1    #5610 C        1 semester, 1 credit                       9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: C+ or higher in Algebra 1

In Robotics 1, students will build and autonomously program fully sensor-integrated VEX Clawbot robots. Using C-based programming, robot behaviors will be optimized to perform a variety of tasks and challenges in the both the virtual and real-world environments. In addition, students will experiment with teleoperation for real-time, human control of the robots.  Topics include:  basic robotic structure, computer fundamentals, programming, sensor integration and applications, robotics simulation, controls, and troubleshooting sequences and processes.

Activities Include: Robot Assembly and Configuration, Cortex and Controller Mapping, C-based Programming, Computer Simulations, Various Physical Robotic Challenges, and Sensor Applications Including: Limit Switches, Sonar, Line Trackers, Potentiometers, Encoders, and Photo Cells.  


Robotics 2   #5610 C2        1 semester, 1 credit                       9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Robotics 1

In Robotics 2, students will advance their hands-on and minds-on skills in the investigation, design, fabrication, programming, and testing of robotic systems.  More in-depth topics involve charts and scheduling, robotic subsystems, structure, mechanics and motion, pneumatics, basic electronics, control technologies, computer fundamentals, programmable control technologies, computer applications, and career pathways. Working collaboratively, students will produce a humanoid robot, tethered and in autonomous mode, able to react to specific circumstances and perform human-like tasks when programming is complete.   

Activities Include: Robot Design, Subsystem Fabrication, Sensor Integration, Advanced Programming, Code Optimization, Autonomous and Operator Control, and Project Documentation, Scheduling, Planning, Flow Charts, and Presentations.

Advanced Robotics 1   #5612AB 2 semesters, 2 credit              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Robotics 1 and 2, or teacher signature

In this year-long course, students will conduct an in-depth application of robotics principles and automation. Applying the Engineering Design Process, student teams will research, design, fabricate, test, and optimize task oriented robots in a project-based learning environment.  Topics cover robotic principles and theory, applications, design, structure, sensor and actuator interfacing, and C-based robot programming.  Students will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to produce robot models.  Teams will communicate project documentation and justify their robotic designs to a panel of engineers.  Members of this class form the core of the school’s award winning, competitive robotics team, the Porta-Botz!  After school practices, weekend competitions, fundraising participation, and the promotion of STEM and Robotics education in the community through mentorship opportunities are required.

Activities Include: Engineering Design Process and Documentation, Research and Brainstorming, CAD Drawings, Advanced Robot Design, Fabrication and Applications, Sensor Integration, Autonomous Programming, Driver Control, Engineering Presentations, and Compete in VEX Robotics Tournaments.

Advanced Robotics 2   #5612 AB 2 semesters, 2 credit              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Robotics 1, 2, and Advanced Robotics 1

In the capstone course for the Robotics pathway, students will continue on as a participating member of the awards winning robotics team The Porta-Botz! and all of its requirements.  Students will engage in active learning, critical thinking, and problem solving through advanced robotic procedures and processes. Students will learn to program industrial robots, as well as strategies for improving efficiency through automation. Students will study basic computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining and will combine automation and CNC machining to perform common industrial tasks. In addition, students will also take field trips to local industry and apply knowledge to real world situations to create working solutions. Activities Include: Engineering Design Process and Documentation, Research and Brainstorming, CAD Drawings, Advanced Robot Design, Fabrication, Sensor Integration, Autonomous Programming, CNC Programming, CNC Milling and Routing, Industrial Robotic Arm Applications, and Manufacturing Work Cell Development.

Introduction to Manufacturing 1   #4784C 1 semester, 1 credit      9, 10, 11, 12

In this course students will work individually and in groups studying the effects of manufacturing on society. Activities include creating production systems, testing materials, designing and producing products, and evaluating manufactured products. Students will explore techniques used to apply technology in obtaining resources and changing them into industrial materials and finished products.

Activities Include:  Product Design, Jigs and Fixtures, Wooden Tool Box, Mass Production Project, Sheet Metal Project and Laser Engraving.

Introduction to Manufacturing 2 #4784C2         1 semester, 1 credit           10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Manufacturing 1

In this course you will learn about the process of manufacturing - properties of materials, manufacturing assembly lines, automation principles, and design techniques. Students will design a product, build a prototype of the product, test and evaluate the prototype, and set up an assembly line to produce the product.

Activities Include: Facility Layout, Sheet Metal Project, Project Assembly, CNC Router Project, Laser Engraving, Manufacturing Flow Charts and Automated Work Cells.

Introduction to Construction 1 #4792C 1 semester, 1 credit      9, 10, 11, 12

In this course students will work individually and in groups studying different kinds of residential, commercial, and industrial building structures. Activities include designing construction projects, making working drawings, writing construction specifications, surveying properties, and building foundations and superstructures. Students will explore the applications of tools, materials, and energy used in developing, producing, using, and assessing constructed works.

Activities Include: Power Tool Safety and Use, Transit, Levels and Elevations, Concrete Forms, Framing, and Electrical Wiring.

Introduction to Construction 2 #4792C2 1 semester, 1 credit         10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Construction 1

In this course you will work individually and in groups studying changes in construction technology as it relates to construction personnel, the design process, contractual obligations, management systems, construction tools and materials, construction of buildings, civil construction, purchasing and financing structures, and community planning.

Activities Include: Framing, Plumbing, Drywall, Roofing, Interior Finishing and Painting, and an Individual Wood Working Project.

Introduction to Transportation 1  #4798C 1 semester, 1 credit         9, 10, 11, 12

Introduction to Transportation 1 is a course that specializes in the study of moving people and goods in the past, present and future. Students will explore vehicular systems used to transport via land, water, air and space emphasizing the principles of operation and societal impacts. Using the Design Process, activities allow students to investigate, understand, design, produce, test and evaluate specific methods of transportation. Major projects include the

Activities Include: Power Point Presentations, Egg Container Drop, CO2 Race Cars, Wind Tunnel Testing, Boat Hulls, Hot Air Balloons, and 2-Liter Water Rockets

Introduction to Transportation 2  #4798C2 1 semester, 1 credit           10, 11,12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Transportation 1

This course is an activity-based in depth study of transportation and energy technology. Students will design, construct, test and evaluate Electric Air Planes, Solar Powered Vehicles, Mouse Trap Powered Vehicles, and Bridges. Students will also study basic aviation and learn to fly a small aircraft with extensive simulator training and an introductory flight at the airport with a pilot. (An additional field trip fee of $75 is necessary.  Students are not required to participate, however.)

Activities Include: Electric Airplanes, Flight Simulation, Piloting Cessna 172, Bridges, Solar Power Car, and Mouse Trap Vehicle.

Introduction to Graphic Imaging Technology 1  #5572C 1 semester, 1 credit    10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: It’s strongly recommended students have earned 2 math credits and 2 English credits.

This course will help the novice printer in all aspects of the pre-press areas.  Classroom theory and laboratory topics include shop safety, history of printing, and careers in printing, desktop publishing, extensive art and copy assembly, image setting and black and white film assembly.

Introduction to Graphic Imaging Technology 2 #5572C2 1 semester, 1 credit           10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Imaging Technology 1

This course is a general study of the characteristics and applications of various printing procedures and processes.  Classroom theory and laboratory skill development includes activities in basic plate making procedures, extensive offset press operations, ink and paper fundamentals, bindery operations and finishing/packaging techniques.