Technology Education Courses

  • Technology education is an applied education program that relies on project-based learning to prepare students to be technologically literate. Through participation in “hands-on” experiences in various technical environments students will see the connection that exists between technology, math, science, and engineering concepts. They will also utilize the design process to effectively solve “real-world” problems. Technology education courses are both required and elective. One basic technology education credit is required for graduation. The program is composed of introductory courses and advanced courses. Some courses are only offered at specific high schools. Students can become eligible to receive college credits upon successful completion of required coursework in the Technology Education program. *Advanced

    Advanced Construction Management (Honors) M80

    This course builds on an understanding of the construction design process to advanced knowledge and skill in construction management. In this course, students will be required to work in teams to complete a project from existing plans. The year-long project will focus on building codes and standards, coordination of the construction process, estimating, planning and scheduling; and site management. Students will complete a portfolio of their design and construction management projects for review by an industry panel. Available at Arundel High School only

     

    Advanced Technology Systems M09

    This course is intended to provide in-depth experience with a variety of technology areas. Students gain insight into engineering related careers as they learn the basics of electronics and robotics. Students learn to apply principles of physics, mathematics, and computational science to solve technological problems through hands-on experimentation and simulation. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering.

     

    Advanced Design and 3-D Modeling (Honors) M79

    Students will work in teams to fully develop designs and a construction management plan for a pre-determined site. In this year-long project, students begin with the legal description and topography of the site and create a proposal for development. The construction design project must meet the client’s needs, budget, and the site characteristics. Students will generate a series of plans to be included with the proposal for submission to an industry review panel for approval. Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate advanced design/ drafting skills and be prepared for the AutoCAD certification exam. Available at Arundel High School only.

     

    Aerospace Engineering (Honors) M30

    This is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course that will introduce students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering. Students will apply scientific and engineering concepts to design materials and process that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend systems in different environments. The curriculum sequence includes experiences from the diverse fields of Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering and related areas of study such as aerospace information systems, star sailing or astronautics rocketry, propulsion, and the physics of space science, space life sciences (BioSpace), principles of aeronautics, structures and materials, and systems engineering. Meade, Severna Park, and South River High Schools only. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Engineering and Honors Engineering Design and Development 1 Recommended: Algebra 2

     

    Agricultural Business Research & Development (Honors) M58

    This course is the capstone course designed to culminate students’ experiences in agriculture, based on the pathway of study they pursued. This class is taken as the fourth credit for the completer program. Students need to have credits in M53, M56 and either M54 or M55 to be eligible for the capstone course. Research and Development could be taken in tandem with Biotechnology as a senior completing the program in three years. Available at Southern High School and Phoenix Academy only.

     

    Animal & Plant Biotechnology (Honors) M56

    This is a specialization course in the CASE Program of Study. It provides students with experiences in industry appropriate applications of biotechnology related to plant and animal agriculture. Students will complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems designed to build content knowledge and technical skills in the field of biotechnology. Available at Southern High School and Phoenix Academy only. Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources followed by either Principles of Agricultural Sciences/Animal or Principles of Agricultural Sciences/Plant

     

    Architect Design/Development 1* M22

    This course provides students with an opportunity to develop skill in the preparation of architectural drawings using traditional technical drawing equipment as well as computer aided design (CAD) applications such as ArchiCad and Google Sketchup. This course is an advanced level course for those students that are interested in a technology-based career path such as civil engineering, architecture, construction, construction supervision, and technical design. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A&B or Honors Principles of Engineering Recommended: Engineering Drawing/CAD 1

     

    Architect Design/Development 2* M23

    This course is intended to continue the development of competencies learned in level 1 while refining and enhancing their drawing skills through continued practice and more rigorous experiences with CAD software and content specific to detail drawing, pictorial rendering, and model building. Students that complete Engineering Drawing/ CAD & Design 1 & 2 and complete Architect Design/Development 1 & 2 with at least a B average may qualify to receive Anne Arundel Community College credit. Prerequisites: Architect Design/Development 1

     

    Civil Engineering & Architecture (Honors) M49

    Students apply what they learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture to the design and development of a property. Working in teams, students explore hands-on activities and projects to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture. In addition, students use 3D design software to help them design solutions to solve major course projects. Students learn about documenting their project, solving problems and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community of civil engineering and architecture. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Engineering and Honors Engineering Design and Development 1

     

    Communication Technology 1* M10

    This course develops skills and knowledge in the use of information and communication technology. Course topics include: graphic arts design, screen printing, digital photography, corporate & desktop publishing, media production, computer graphics & imaging. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering

     

    Communication Technology 2* M11

    This course focuses on more advanced communication technology by building upon what was learned in CT 1 to refine and enhance a variety of technical communication skills. Skills and understandings developed in CT 1 will be expanded to incorporate still/video camera equipment as well as systems, processes and other devices used in the telecommunications industry. Prerequisites: Communications Technology 1

     

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (Honors) M28

    This is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course that applies principles of robotics and automation. The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Honors Engineering Design. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models for their three dimensional designs. Meade High School only. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Engineering, Honors Engineering Design and Development 1, and Honors Digital Electronics

     

    Department Aide - Technology Education M87

    Technology Education Aide courses offer students the opportunity to assist instructors in preparing and organizing course curricula. Students may provide tutorial or instructional assistance to other students.

     

    Digital Electronics (Honors) M27

    This course is the third course of a pre-engineering completer program known as Project Lead the Way. In this course, students investigate topics in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices. Glen Burnie, Meade, Severna Park and South River High Schools only. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Engineering and Honors Engineering Design and Development 1

     

    Engineering Drawing/CAD 1* M20

    In this course, students will learn how technical drawing techniques & symbolism are used to convey ideas in the language of engineering. Students will create drawings by both traditional board drawing and computer aided design software. Instrument usage, measurement & computational accuracy, visualization & perception, problem solving and technical communication skills will be developed. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering

     

    Engineering Drawing/CAD 2* M21

    This course is intended to continue the development of the student’s competencies in the language of engineering but with an increased emphasis on developing an in-depth understanding of specialty topics such auxiliary representation, intersections & development, threads & fasteners, assembly drawing, charts, graphs & diagrams. Although instrument drawing will continue, increased understanding of CAD operations & techniques will be developed. Prerequisites: Engineering Drawing/CAD 1

     

    Engineering Design and Development 1 (Honors) M26

    This course is part of the PLTW pre-engineering program of study and is a course that develops student’s problem-solving skills, with emphasis on visualization and communication skills using AutoCAD Inventor 3-D solid modeling software. Units of study include: Introduction to Design, Student Portfolio Development, Sketching & Visualization, Geometric Relationships, Modeling, Assembly Modeling, Model Analysis & Verification, Model Documentation, Presentation, Production, and Marketing. Glen Burnie, Meade, Severna Park and South River High Schools only.

     

    Engineering Design and Development 2 (Honors) M44

    Students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year. Glen Burnie, Meade, Severna Park and South River High Schools only. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Engineering, Honors Engineering Design and Development 1, and Honors Digital Electronics.

     

    Environmental Sustainability (Honors) M29

    Students in this course investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply issues, and renewable energy. Applying their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true-to-life challenges. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Engineering and Honors Engineering Design and Development 1

     

    Foundations of Technology A (Honors) M69

    This section of the course explores the history of technology and its impacts. It helps students develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connections with other fields of study. The engineering design process is also applied to effectively solve various problems by systematic means.

     

    Foundations of Technology B (Honors) M70

    This section of the course teaches students how to use systems thinking to research, examine data, evaluate inferences, and make predictions about technologies in the areas of communications, manufacturing, and construction. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A

     

    Human Body Systems (Honors) M36

    This course will engage students in the study of basic human physiology, especially in relationship to human health. Students will use a variety of monitors to examine body systems (respiratory, circulatory, and nervous) at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body systems. Glen Burnie High School only. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Biomedical Sciences

     

    Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources M53

    This course will introduce students to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources with “hands-on” activities and projects. Students’ experiences will involve the study of communication, sciences of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. Students will also explore career and postsecondary opportunities in each area of the course. This course is part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Available at Southern High School and Phoenix Academy only.

     

    Introduction to Construction Design and Management M77

    This course provides an overview of the design and construction process as well as an introduction to the many career options within the field of construction. Students will be introduced to core concepts in design and construction including: construction methods and materials; fundamental elements of design; and innovative technologies including Green Construction and Design. Students will be introduced to design software as they complete basic design projects, such as a bridge design, floor plans and elevation plans. This course also includes career exploration activities and research regarding the construction industry. Available at Arundel High School only.

     

    Introduction to Robotics* M16

    The objective of this course is to use a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts in robotics, focusing on robots and illustrations of current state of the art research and applications. Course information will be tied to lab experiments; students will work in teams to build and test increasingly more complex VEX-based robots, culminating in an end of semester robot contest. This course introduces fundamental concepts in robotics. In this course, basic concepts will be discussed, including sensors, path planning, kinematics, feedback, stressing the importance of integrating sensors, effectors, and control. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering

     

     Manufacturing & Construction Technology* M42

    This course focuses on hands-on, problem based activities to introduce manufacturing and construction concepts related to the Standards for Technological Literacy. During each Learning Unit, students are asked to use a four phase learning cycle to develop plausible solutions to related Primary Challenges. Designing a Custom Family Home for a Client is one example of a Primary Challenge experienced in this course. Recommended: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering

     

    Marine Technology* M52

    This course provides the student with an in-depth study of the core technologies while investigating topics that include: Historical Perspective, Design, Hydrodynamics, Hydrostatics, Propulsion Systems, Materials, Electronics, Navigation Systems, and Careers. Students will experience the engineering design process as they design, construct, test, and analyze a propeller driven watercraft. Both computer simulations and hands-on experiences are an integral part of this course. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering

     

    Medical Interventions (Honors) M37

    This course will engage students in the study of basic human physiology, especially in relationship to human health. Students will use a variety of monitors to examine body systems (respiratory, circulatory, and nervous) at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body systems. Glen Burnie High School only. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Biomedical Sciences

     

    Power/Energy/Trasnportation* M18

    This course develops a depth of understanding about a wide array of energy sources and controls by engaging students in hands-on, project-based activities in mechanical power, fluid power, and electrical power. Students will construct and test a variety of transportation systems, participate in reverse engineering activities, and developing skill working with the tools, equipment, and measurement devices used by engineers and technologists. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering

     

    Principles of Agricultural Sciences/Animals (Honors) M55

    This course will introduce students to various experiences in animal science concepts with “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Students’ experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, and marketing. Students will acquire skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations, as well as select animal facilities and equipment that provide for the safe and efficient production, housing, and handling of animals. This course is part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Available at Southern High School and Phoenix Academy only. Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

     

    Principles of Agricultural Sciences/Plants (Honors) M54

    This course will introduce students to the principles of Agricultural Science and plants. Students’ experiences will involve the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting. Students will research the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. This course is part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Available at Southern High School and Phoenix Academy only. Prerequisites: Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 

     

    Principles of Biomedical Science (Honors) M35

    This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting hands-on projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bio-informatics. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including: the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. Glen Burnie High School only. Prerequisites: Honors Principles of Engineering

     

    Principles of Construction Design (Honors) M78

    This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the construction design process. Students will complete a series of increasingly complex construction design projects in which they incorporate all aspects of the construction process, including zoning and regulation requirements; construction methods and materials, energy conservation; surveying; and project planning. Students will use design software to generate site plans (topography) as well as detailed building plans. Portfolios are used to show the developmental stages of a design project. Students will work in teams to develop each aspect of a construction project including developing a proposal, site plans, and construction management documents. Available at Arundel High School only.

     

    Principles of Engineering (Honors) M25

    This course provides an overview of engineering and engineering technology and includes the development of problem-solving skills used to solve real-world engineering problems. The course of study includes: Overview & Perspective of Engineering, Design Process, Communication & Documentation, Engineering Systems & Manufacturing Processes, Materials & Materials Testing, Thermodynamics, Engineering for Quality & Reliability, and Dynamics. Chesapeake Science Point, Glen Burnie, Meade, Severna Park and South River High Schools only.

     

    Technology Design 1* M13

    Students experience exciting activities in the areas of entertainment, recreation and information technologies. Students work in engineering teams to apply technology, science, and mathematics concepts and skills to solve design problems and create innovative designs. Students will use criteria such as design effectiveness, public safety, and ethics to evaluate their designs. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering

     

    Technology Design 2* M14

    This course provides the student with the opportunity to use the engineering design process to solve complex issues in the areas of medical and biotechnology fields. Working in teams, students will identify the problem, engineer a solution and report findings. The activities allow students to choose their place on an engineering team and contribute their talents to accomplish the ultimate goal. Prerequisites: Technological Design 1

     

    Technology of Flight* M32

    This course provides the student with a study of the core technologies used in the aviation and aerospace enterprise. Students will follow the engineering design process to design, build, and test a number of aircraft and rockets. Prerequisites: Foundations of Technology A & B or Honors Principles of Engineering