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2017-18 CVA Course of Study Handbook – FACS & Technology Departments

Family and Consumer Science Department

Fashion and Design—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course focuses on fashion, clothing and textiles. Activities include preparing a PowerPoint presentation of the history of fashions and designers of the fashion industry, scrapbook of design elements and principles in clothing, laboratory experiences on the care and uses of fibers and fabrics, compiling a notebook of simple and advanced sewing techniques and construction of a simple garment and an accessory using patterns. Career opportunities will be explored. This course serves as a .5 Fine Art credit.

Interior Design—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course focuses on: housing styles, planning interior decoration, selecting, and using household appliances. Career opportunities in this area will be explored. This course is a .5 Fine Art credit.

Freshman Seminar—9th Grade (.5 credit)

Freshman Seminar is designed to ease students’ transition to high school and provide them with basic skills needed to be successful in high school and college-level coursework. This course will introduce students to high school expectations, teach essential skills and explore college and career opportunities. The course is taught with an emphasis on study skills, human relations, and technology.

Technology Education Department

Applications of Technology—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

A hands-on course dealing with the applications of technology to a wide variety of student-made projects. The course will cover the selection and use of tools, resources, equipment and materials needed to manufacture numerous products. Students enrolled in this course will work with a variety of materials such as wood materials and plastics. Various processes will be investigated such as: casting and molding plastics, welding and brazing. Students will be involved in all aspects of production from product design and selection of raw materials to finishing product. Students will utilize computer-based technology to design, develop, model, test and manufacture prototypes.

Design and Drawing for Production—9th-12th Grade (1 credit)

This course covers the basic elements of technical drawing and design. Students will learn how to communicate ideas through sketching, technical drawing, and by using CAD and 3D modeling programs. Students will be given design challenges to solve. The solution will be built and tested. If you are interested in a career in engineering, construction, or manufacturing, this would be a good course for you. If you do not enjoy art or music courses, this would be a good class for you to take to meet your Fine Arts graduation requirement. ~ Meets the Fine Art Graduation Requirement

Communication Systems—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course focuses on technologies that help us communicate. Communication is the sharing of information thoughts/ideas. The communication systems you will learn about include: data communications systems (computers), technical design (CAD), optical systems (black/white photography), graphic production (website development will be emphasized), and audio and video systems (digital photo, still and motion). Technology is more than just computers and tools; technology is using knowledge, tools and skills to solve problems. Your problem-solving abilities can be increased with the enhanced knowledge you will gain from understanding communication technology.

Residential Architecture—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This half year course is an overview of residential architectural drawing and building design. Students will study aspects of designing and building residential structures. Students will be required to develop and produce a set of architectural drawings for a home of their own design using architectural design software. A set of floor plans and a model of each student’s design will be produced as a culminating project. This course helps meet NYS Standards for Math, Science, Technology and NYS Standard for Fine Arts. ~ Meets ½ credit of Fine Art requirement

Production Systems—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This is a full-year course of advanced woodworking and the production of craftsman grade products. Students who want to create objects utilizing wood as the main component will enjoy this class. This course introduces a student to basic systems of construction and manufacturing. Students will develop skills with various tools and machines then apply this to various problems and projects. Computer controlled production equipment may be utilized in the manufacturing of products. Topics include selection resources, energy awareness, environmental impacts and making wise choices.

World of Technology—10th-12th Grade (1 credit)

This course meets graduation requirements for the 3rd unit of credit in Math, Science or Technology. This full-year course explores a wide range of topics from ancient siege engines to modern computers. Students will be involved in building many hands-on projects and competing with other students to prove their superior design and problem-solving abilities. Students will be required to defend their projects not only through physical superiority on the proving grounds, but also by developing well thought out reports on their projects. The students will be working with hand tools, as well as computers and digital cameras. PowerPoint, CAD and web development tools will be incorporated to enrich the students’ learning experience in computer technology. In school, we often get the impression that problems should have a single solution. Learning facts and applying formulas are important, because they provide us with basic tools for problem solving. If we do not practice applying what we learn to solve real problems, we may not be well prepared for the real world beyond school.

Computer Applications—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This course teaches how to use word processing applications to produce a variety of personal & professional documents including business letters, memos, resumes and tables. Skills involving database management and spreadsheets and graphs will also be introduced. Students will then utilize integrated software programs that allow the user to totally integrate the tool package by manipulating data between environments such as word processing, drawing, painting, database, and spreadsheets. Thus, students will be able to easily exchange and combine documents and information from the various applications.

Electricity/Electronics—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This lab class is made up of two 10-week modules. Electricity covers basic household wiring theory and practices, as well as an introduction to low voltage circuits commonly used in cars and in things like electric toys and models. Electronics covers an introduction to common electronic components and their uses. You’ll complete kit-type projects, which are yours to keep.

Web Design—10th-12th Grade (1 credit)

Students will gain hands-on experience with computers applications to create original computer generated graphic designs. Students will use multimedia and imaging software to complete a number of individual projects. Students will work with several graphic file formats (jpegs, gif, mpeg, and HTML) to generate computer images publishable on the World Wide Web. Students will be working with Photoshop, PowerPoint and Macromedia Studio MX. This software includes Flash, Fireworks and Freehand. This course satisfies certain state sequence requirements and/or local options in computer, Art, Business or Technology areas.

Photography—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This is an introductory course into Digital and Black & White photography. Students will learn digital photography while working at their own individual skill level. Using the provided digital camera, they will explore lighting, color, texture, composition and other subject matter to achieve a solid grounding in both technical and creative photographic processes. This course focuses on the practical aspects of Black and White Photography from capturing of the image, to developing the negative and final printing and mounting of the final print. Students will also learn dark room techniques.

Inventions—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

The design and engineering of products for the home, industry, workplace and elsewhere has become a highly specialized field. Despite this, the core process of product design and engineering remains at the heart of it all. This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of materials, as well as principles of engineering, research and development, design and manufacturing. Students will be involved with each general phase of the design and engineering process. After completing this course students will have a general understanding of product design and engineering. Students will also be able to plan and implement their own design and engineering process.

Robotics—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This is an exploratory course in the construction and programming of autonomous robots (robots that perform their functions without direct human control). Students will write programs using NXT programming software. Using kits for constructing robots, students will: design and engineer robots to perform specific tasks, write programs for the robots to follow, evaluate and troubleshoot their solution to a task and optimize their designs.

Material Processing—9th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

In this 20-week lab class, students will be making things with a variety of common and not-so-common materials. You’ll learn some traditional and nontraditional ways of processing woods, metals, plastics, textiles and composite materials. You’ll learn some of the ways industries process materials to make the items we use every day

Driver Education—11th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This is a 20-week course that consists of two classroom and two lab periods per 6-day cycle. Defensive driving techniques are discussed in the classroom phase then put into practice during behind-the-wheel driving lab periods. The student must be 16 by the start of classes and have a Learner’s Permit at the beginning of the class.

Publishing/Editing—11th-12th Grade (1 credit)

Publishing is a course offered to students in their junior and senior years of high school who wish to actively participate in the yearbook. Every student will be assigned a section or more of the yearbook to complete. Students will be responsible to take pictures, write captions and sell advertisements. Students will utilize computer skills, as well as be responsible for meeting deadlines. Additional hours will extend outside the classroom time including after school hours. ~ Admission: Application must be made with instructor

Principles of Engineering—10th-12th Grade (1 credit)

This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is recommended for—10th or—11th grade students. ~ Recommended prerequisite: DDP

3-D Modeling—10th-12th Grade (.5 credit)

This is an introductory course in creating three dimensional objects on a computer that could be used to manufacture products or as objects in video games. Students will be using a commercial quality modeling program to draw the models. Student designed projects will be printed on a 3D printer and tested to see if function correctly. If you have ever wondered how objects and backgrounds in video games are created or want to see what your imagination could create, this is a course for you.

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