Basic Woodshop - Course description

This course is open to all students and is designed and developed to give each student the opportunity to explore experience and develop hands-on activities working with wood and materials. Each student will have the opportunity to create and choose many different projects and, in doing so, develop positive learning experiences in sequential steps of construction. There is a variety of tools, equipment, and machines that have been selected for student use.
This exploration program seeks to familiarize students with technology and the transfer of knowledge and skills from one discipline to another. The program will also help develop problem-solving and thinking skills. Students will learn independent thinking, how to work in groups; and develop a positive work ethic.  There are no prerequisites; the class is open to all students


Advanced woodworking - Course description

Students will be expected to select a project by either sketching and designing a project, locating a set of free plans for a project, or purchasing a set of plans for a project (this should be done in conjunction with approval from the instructor to ensure the project is within scope and capabilities of class) If one is not provided; create a bill of materials along with a working drawing (either using a drafting board and T square or CAD program) of a proposed project or plans. Specify and justify materials needed to construct the project. List needed tools and machines to be used, be prepared to demonstrate proficiency on tools and machines, or list tools and machines where instruction is needed; list desired finishes. Once these tasks are completed sit down with the instructor and review them. Revise plans as needed. Once the design, drawings, and bill of materials are completed; create milestones to show progress on a project. Select desired completion date in conjunction
with the milestones; Obtain materials and begin construction. Work independently but seek input when needed. Submit project for review
upon completion. All safety equipment for a class will be provided. Students must wear closed-toe shoes


Hands On Technology (H.O.T.) - Course description

Hands On Technology introduces middle school students to the importance of technology in today’s society through the actual use of technological equipment, instruments, and applications in industrial technology, science, and mathematics. The program is designed to provide students with hands-on, broad-based exploratory experiences within a fully integrated curriculum. Hands On Technology is based on the modular delivery system. The modular system encourages the students to become responsible for their own learning.
Students work in pairs or groups using a self-directed curriculum that guides them through each learning activity that integrates the academic areas of Math, Science, English, and U.S. History. Many of the modules that are successfully completed will result in projects that students are able to take home. Students rotate from one module to the next and may change partners or groups after each
rotation. The activities in the program are grouped into 13 modules:
● Aeronautics (rocketry)
● Alternative Energy (Solar, Wind, Biomass, etc.)
● Communications (Crystal Radio, Telegraph)
● Engineering (Civil, Bridges)
● Electricity & Electronics (Motors, Circuits, Programming)
● Flight (Gliders, Boomerangs)
● Manufacturing (3d printing, CNC Router, Laser Engraver)
● Metals (Forging, Welding, etc.)
● Pinhole Photography
● Plastics (Materials, Processes)
● Robotics
● Siege Weapons (Trebuchet, Catapult, Ballista, etc.)
● Transportation (CO2 powered race cars, hovercraft)S

Small Engines Mechanics - Course description:

Students will work with tools and engines provided by the instructor to learn about basic engine theory; four strokes vs. two-stroke operation; systems identification; component identification; engine operations; standard engine maintenance; engine troubleshooting; tool identification and usage; and disassembly and reassembly of a 2 or 3 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. Students are encouraged to bring a small engine or equipment with a small engine from home. All safety equipment will be provided; students are required to wear closed-toe shoes