In 7th grade, students are introduced to a variety of fields in Computer Science. Students will be engaged in an accelerated six-week course. They learn what makes a computer a computer. A variety of topics will enable students to be well prepared to navigate the digital world. Additionally, they will explore the field of robotics, drawing on their prior coding skills.
In 8th grade, students can choose to take a creative technology and media class or a Technology Education class that focuses on computer drafting and using power tools to create woodworking projects.
Creative Technology and Media -This twelve week course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore a variety of forms of technology and media. Students work in small groups and delve into units on photography, sound recording, and editing, video production, and animation. As a class, students will focus on the competencies of creativity and innovation , communication and collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and technology operations. These skills will be applied through skill-building activities, projects, presentations and sharing sessions.
Technology Education - The two areas studied at this grade level are woodworking and computer drafting. The program emphasizes development of specific skills, importance of safety awareness, following directions and the ability to proceed independently as students progress through the manufacturing stages of design, production, assembly, and finishing.