Engineering-Technology Education (ETE)

Engineering & Technology Ed (ETE): Course Descriptions




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

Prerequisite: NA

First semester, 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.  Second semester 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 Assembly and Configuration, Cortex and Controller Mapping, C-based Programming, Computer Simulations, Various Physical Robotic Challenges, and Sensor Applications, Project Documentation, Scheduling, Planning, Flow Charts, and Presentations.




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

Prerequisite: Robotics 1 and 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 are the core of the school’s award winning, competitive robotics team, the Porta-Botz! Students are required to after school practices, weekend competitions, fundraising efforts, and the promotion of STEM and Robotics education in the community through mentorship opportunities.

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               11, 12

Prerequisite: Robotics 1, and Advanced Robotics 1

In the capstone course for the Robotics pathway, students will continue on as a participating members of the awards winning robotics team The Porta-Botz! and ALL of its requirements (After school practices, weekend competitions, fundraising efforts, and the promotion of STEM in the Community).  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     #4784 2 semester, 2 credit 9, 10, 11, 12

First semester, students will study 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.  Second semester, students 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:  Product Design, Power Machine Use, Jigs and Fixtures, Facility Layout, Mass Production Project, CNC Router Project, CNC Mill Projects, Laser Engraver Project, Manufacturing Flow Charts and Automated Work Cells.


Introduction to Construction #4792 2 semester, 2 credit 9, 10, 11, 12

First semester, students will work individually and in groups studying different kinds of residential, commercial, and industrial building structures. Topics include blueprint reading, writing construction specifications, project estimates, 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. Second semester, students will work as a construction to produce a scaled, model home learning how it relates to construction personnel, the design process, contractual obligations, management systems, construction tools and materials, construction of buildings, purchasing and financing structures, and community planning.

Activities Include: Power Tool Safety and Use, Transit, Levels and Elevations, Foundation, Framing, Electrical, Plumbing, Drywall, Roofing, Interior Finishing and Painting.


Introduction to Transportation   #4798 2 semester, 2 credit  9, 10, 11, 12

In this fast-paced, activity based course, first semester 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.   Second semester, students will design, construct, test and evaluate several transportation vehicles and technologies. 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: Power Point Presentations, Egg Container Drop, CO2 Race Cars, Wind Tunnel Testing, Boat Hulls, Hot Air Balloons, and 2-Liter Water Rockets, Electric Airplanes, Flight Simulation, Piloting Cessna 172, Bridges, Solar Power Car, and Mouse Trap Vehicle and Bridges.


Computers in Production and Design #4800 2 semester, 2 credit  9, 10, 11, 12


Computers in Design and Production is a year-long course that specializes in using modern technological processes, computers, design, and production systems in the production of products and structures through the use of automated production systems. Emphasis is placed on using modern technologies and on developing career related skills for electronics, manufacturing, precision machining, and architecture career pathways. Topics include: Architectural drawing and print design, design documentation using CAD systems; assignments involving the interface of CAD, CNC, CAM, and CIM technologies; computer simulation of products and systems; publishing of various media; animation and related multimedia applications; 3-D modeling of products or structures; digital creation and editing of graphics and audio files; control technologies; and automation in the modern workplace.




Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics  #4796         2 semester, 2 credit 10, 11

Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics focuses on manufacturing systems with an introduction to advanced manufacturing and logistics and their relationship to society, individuals, and the environment. Students apply the skills and knowledge of using modern manufacturing processes to obtain resources and change them into industrial materials, industrial products and consumer products. Students investigate the properties of engineered materials. Students study six major types of material processes: casting and molding; forming; separating; conditioning; finishing; and assembling. After gaining a working knowledge of these materials, Students are introduce to advanced manufacturing, logistics, and business principles that are utilized in today's advanced manufacturing industry. Students gain a basic understanding of tooling, electrical skills, operation skills, chart and graph reading and MSSC concepts. There is also an emphasis placed on the flow process principles, material movement, safety, and related business operations. Students have the opportunity to develop the characteristics employers seek as well as skills that will help them in future endeavors.