Computer Aided Drawing
I. OVERVIEW The AutoCAD I (Computer Aided Design) course is an introductory semester course designed to introduce fundamental principles of engineering, architecture, and interior design. This course will provide each student with a strong foundation and application of the Engineering Design Cycle and other principles through the use of the leading industry software, AutoCAD by Autodesk. It will develop and/or strengthen each student’s problem solving skills, mathematical skills, computer application skills, and logical reasoning skills through the analysis, design, and production of their work. Throughout the course major emphasis will be placed on solving real-world problems utilizing the key concepts and application methods taught throughout this course.
II. RATIONALE AutoCAD I will provide students who have an interest in engineering, architecture, robotics, technology, and interior design acquire the technical, design, and analytical skills as they explore computer aided design. Through this exploration, students will learn to produce solutions that maintain the fundamental principles of industry standards, understand and apply the engineering and architecture design process, select the appropriate AutoCAD tools and design theories to solve ‘real-world’ problems successfully, and construct/build actual models of the design solutions that are produced with AutoCAD. This course will expand students’ knowledge and expertise inline with industry standards, and it will provide them with a foundation from which to build, particularly if they would like to pursue a career in engineering, architecture, interior design, technology, as well as other career opportunities.
Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Science is a two marking period, or single semester course that is offered as an elective to 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. Introduction to Computer Science provides students with an intermediate and adaptive understanding and skills in computer programming systems design. Students will have the opportunity to grow on prior introductory programming skills from beginner languages, such as processing, as they become prepared for more advanced programming opportunities that may be offered in higher education courses and their careers.
Introduction to Computer Science allows for students to utilize Java-based programming languages in order to complete real-world and open-ended design challenges within computer science applications through the use of the engineering design process. Students will be challenged to learn how to design and create circuits as they learn about the differences between analog and digital circuitry. Students will use technology to support and share their ideas and projects as they work collaboratively throughout the class in order to provide feedback and suggestions to their peers. Each student will have the opportunity to reflect upon one’s own work, as well as undergo methods of redesign and improvement as they continue to develop their skills by learning from the course and their peers. Computer programming is one of the fastest growing fields, learning a computer programming language can improve thinking and reasoning abilities regardless of career path