Course Offerings in Technology Education Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
The Technology Education Department offers a variety of heterogeneously grouped classes. All classes are interdisciplinary in nature and provide significant reinforcement of traditional academic classes. The strongest linkages are with science and mathematics. Most classes are presented using a problem-solving approach to better meet the needs of many learning styles. While all of the courses in the Technology Education program respond to the content and skills mandates of the Science and Technology/Engineering Frameworks, the Engineering & Technology classes most closely reflect the content in the state curriculum document. More focused classes are organized into Communications, Wood Technology, and Engineering clusters. Students taking a series of courses can get started on a career path or build skills and knowledge in a leisure activity. All classes in the department are activity and lab-based. Some classes work mostly in small groups while others have students working individually. Many classes are closely linked to other departments in the school: Video & Audio Technology, Computer Graphics and Wood Carving & Sculpture have significant art content while Computer Aided/Mechanical Drafting and Engineering & Technology incorporate significant amounts of mathematics and/or science.
The Engineering and Technology 1 & 2 sequence is designed to prepare students for the MCAS Engineering Subject Test, which is one way to meet the MCAS Science graduation requirement.