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Technical Studies

Applied Skills 8 (Technical Studies component)
Prerequisite: none

This is an introductory course. Various disciplines such as Woodworking, Metalworking, and Drafting are taken during the school year. The content of the course covers both theory and practical applications. Students are encouraged to use their own initiative to solve problems of design and construction. Projects are designed so that upon completion of the course, each student will have some nice projects and a good self-image. We feel that at the Grade 8 level, this is perhaps even more important than the skills learned in this area.

Technology Education 9
Prerequisite: none

A course designed to integrate science with technology. Students will become familiar with materials, manufacturing processes, and the machines and equipment used to fabricate practical working models. These models demonstrated scientific theories and principles. The course can include many projects not listed here, but usually includes some of the following:
- A toss glider
- A bridge
- A racing car (compressed air)
- A fully autonomous robot
- A rocket (compressed air)
- A mousetrap cruiser

Technology Education 10: Woodwork
Prerequisite: none

An introduction to woodworking through the use of hand tools and machines. The student shall develop some appreciation of the value of sound construction and design as well as learning safe working habits. A wide variety of projects will be assigned. Some projects include gumball machines, wine bottle balancers, small cabinets with drawers, folding stools, wooden boxes, and puzzles, just to name a few.

Technology Education 10: Drafting and Design
Prerequisite: none

An introduction to computer assisted drawing (CAD). The course will focus on learning the Vectorworks program, and how to successfully use the commands and features. The student will learn how to set up plans, elevations, and sections, use 3D modeling tools and animations, plus doing graphic renderings. Various drawing projects will be completed as well as research on architects and architecture.

Technology Education 10: General
Prerequisite: none

A course designed to integrate science with technology. Students will become familiar with materials, manufacturing processes, and the machines and equipment used to fabricate practical working models. These models demonstrated scientific theories and principles. The course can include many projects not listed here, but usually includes some of the following:
- A toss glider
- A bridge
- A racing car (compressed air)
- A mousetrap cruiser
- A rocket (compressed air)
- A fully autonomous robot

Metal Art 10 (Grade 9’s are welcome)
Prerequisite: none

An introduction to metalworking processes. Basic projects are used to introduce hand and machine tool operation. Welding and casting are included. The course takes them from designing to producing a finished product. The projects tend to be art and craft oriented with an emphasis on good design and finishing. Some silversmithing may be included to make jewelry such as rings and pendants.

Carpentry and Joinery
Prerequisite: Woodwork 10 preferred

This course is designed to reinforce habits of safe practices and orderly procedures when using woodworking tools and machinery. Emphasis is placed on principles of design related to both structural and aesthetic qualities. Each students, with help of the instructor, must design their own piece of furniture to construct (some form of cabinet is recommended).

Drafting and Design 11
Prerequisite: Drafting 10 preferred

CAD 2. More advanced CAD drawing in orthographic, isometric, auxiliary view, etc. Architectural drawing are included. Topic--usually a set of drawing for a cabin or cottage. Other major projects are considered if time permits. There will also be some pencil sketching and model making projects.

Metal Fabrication and Machining 11
Prerequisite: none

A continuation of metalwork (TEM10) with basic projects to develop skills. Review of gas welding and cutting plus an introduction to electric arc welding. Student designed projects appropriate to the grade level are permitted after consultation with instructor.

Carpentry and Joinery 12
Prerequisite: CJ11

An extension of Carpentry and Joinery 11 with emphasis on cabinet making and fine woodworking. Continued stress on good work habits and a high standard of craftsmanship. The student should gain a greater knowledge of the craft and the materials used. The focus will be on improved joinery and fitting skills, and on greater ability to produce a fine finished product. Each student should complete the course with work of high quality.

Drafting and Design 12
Prerequisite: Drafting and Design 11

CAD 3. An advanced course. The focus will be on architecture and building design including drafting standards and building codes. Students will use their drafting and design skills to create a complete set of building plans and finished scale model.

Art Metal and Jewelry
Prerequisite: none

This course teaches students how to make jewelry as well as ornamental metal pieces. Students will learn basic metal working skills including some silversmithing. They will be able to design and make a number of jewelry projects that may include rings, bracelets, pendants, and earrings from metals such as silver and copper. Ornamental metal projects such a rose or picture frame can also be made using various metal working procedures.

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12
Prerequisite: Metal Fabrication & Machining 11
In-depth study of metalworking with students developing their own projects with the help and advice of the instructor. Demonstrations in all the usual metalworking techniques encourage use of all machines and processes in the shop.