Technology Education 

Students apply the concepts and processes they learn

The Technology Education curriculum consists of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based approach to integrate lab-based lessons and activities.  Students apply the concepts and processes they learn in the areas of Broadcast, Communications, Electronics, Design, Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation, and Firefighting. 

Department Curriculum


Course Offerings:

Architectural Design

 HS21103G Architectural Design
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

In this course students will learn why our houses are designed and constructed the way they are. Where are windows placed? How big is a large living room? What is a Green home? Students will also have the opportunity to design their own home and create a set of plans for that home. Topics covered in this class include different areas of the home, building codes, zoning, community planning, sustainability and energy efficiency. Students will also learn about standards of drawing and construction using a professional CAD system.

Automotive Transportation Systems

 HS20103G Automotive Transportation Systems
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite : Intro to Power Transportation Systems.

This course introduces students to automotive power systems. It encompasses automotive safety, tools and measuring devices, basic engine cooling, lubrication, fuel, electrical, emissions, brakes, suspension and steering systems. This course uses both lecture and activity based lessons designed to develop a student's awareness of automotive power system fundamentalsand safety. Students will investigate other power systems such as; Bio Fuel, Diesel, Electric Motors and Hybrid Vehicles. Students will learn the basics of automotive power system theory, repair, maintenance and safety. Students wishing to perform basic maintenance of their own vehicles must pass safety exam and present a valid driver’s license.

Basic Plumbing & HVAC

 HS17059G Basic Plumbing & HVAC
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

Offered on even number graduating years. This course is the study of residential plumbing and HVAC systems. Basic plumbing is offered to all students who have an interest in working with plumbing or heating and enjoy working with both their hands and heads. This course covers the fundamentals of residential plumbing for students who are career bound or those students who wish tolearn how to perform their own plumbing work. The student will understand terminology, maintaining and upgrading existing plumbing, tools of the trade and career opportunities. This half year course will cover not only the “how” but also the “why” of safe plumbing and HVAC. Hand on and classroom participation activities are stressed.

Digital Media & Moviemaking

 HS11151G Digital Media & Moviemaking
Full year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

DM3 introduces students to the world of digital film and video as a component of the rapidly evolving digital media industry. During semester one, students will develop and enhance academic skills, creative thinking skills, digital media literacy, and film making skills through the successful completion of individual assignments. In the second semester, students will form a production company, producing a Public Service Announcement (PSA), a CCC News Report, an Animated Short, a Documentary Short, and a Fictional Short.

Digital Photography

 HS11054G Digital Photography
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This student centered course emphasizes the technology of imaging and its use. Students areintroduced to digital imaging and software, the history of photography, cameras, lenses, light in photography, light sensitive media, and composition.
Lab time occurs daily with a variety of engaging and interesting projects, such as: Pinhole Photography, Design in photography, Portrait Photography, Digital Slide Shows and Photoshop projects. School service projects and class projects will be used to supplement individual activities. Access to a digital camera is required.

Engineering Design and Robotics

 HS21006G Engineering Design and Robotics
Full year 1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Algebra I.

Students will develop an understanding of engineering design; the formal process that transforms ideas into products or systems of the designed world. Group and individual activities engage students in creating ideas, developing innovations, and producing practical solutions. The course explores design principles through hand sketching, training in 3D CAD, and model making. Students will develop presentation skills with emphasis on visualization and communication. This course includes a number of problem solving design activities that require creative thinking skills.

Firefighter

HS15152G Firefighter
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 11 or 12
Prerequisite: Must be at least 16 years of age.

This course is the study of firefighting and its relatedsystems. The course is correlated to the 2002 edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Levels I, widely accepted as the standard of knowledge and skills measurement for all firefighters in North America. Basic Firefighting is offered to all students who have an interest in working in the fire service and enjoy working with both their hands and their heads. The course covers the fundamentals of firefighting for students who have fire service career interests or those studentswho wish to learn as a precursor to community involvement at a volunteer fire department. A firefighting class would provide most of the training in the classroom with a variety of hands-on labs. During their academic coursework, students study and make connections to English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Fire Science in relation to real-life fire situations. To be effective problem solvers and keep up good communication on the job, a firefighter needs to be well-rounded.

Firefighting Leadership

Firefighting Leadership HS15199G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 11 and 12
Prerequisite: Firefighter

Firefighting Leadership encourages students to take

active leadership roles within the firefighting class.

Acting as an officer causes students to integrate their

problem solving, communications, and organizational

skills together to accomplish the task. This

combination of English (communications), Physics,

Chemistry, Mathematics, and Fire Science makes this a

true STEM-based class where students master

transferable skills. Leaders work to be effective

problem solvers working with multiple academic

disciplines simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

Firefighters control and extinguish fires or respond to

emergency situations where life, property, or the

environment is at risk. Duties may include fire

prevention, emergency medical service, freeing

trapped individuals, hazardous material response, and

search and rescue. The course covers the fundamentals

of firefighting for students who have fire service career

interests or those students who wish to learn as a

precursor to community involvement at a volunteer fire

department. With a positive job outlook by 2020 there

will be over 110,000 openings with an average salary

of over $60k annually. This course is correlated to the

2002 edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter

Professional Qualifications, Level I, widely accepted

as the standard of knowledge and skills measurement

for all firefighters in North America.

Graphic Communications Technology

 HS11155G Graphic Communications
Technology
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This hands-on course is an introduction to the field of Graphic Communication. Students are introduced to imaging hardware and software, video production and editing, printing, webpage design, graphic design and other graphic communication technologies. Lab time occurs daily with a variety of engaging and interesting projects. School service projects and class projects will be used to supplement individual activities.

Introduction to CAD & Design

 HS21102G Introduction to CAD & Design
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

Students will develop an understanding of the Design Process with an emphasis on the Elements & Principles of Design as they relate to student’ individual interests. The course explores design principles through hand sketching, drawing in CAD, model making, and presentation boards. The course also introduces students to the various career opportunities including Interior Design, Architecture, and Engineering.

Introduction to Electrical Energy

HS17108G Introduction to Electrical Energy
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This activity based course introduces students to the rapidly changing and expanding field of electrical energy. This course will cover electrical safety, principles of electricity, tools, and alternative energy sources. Activities will include building electric motors, building a wind generator and building a home-made speaker

Introduction to Mobile Apps & Video Game Design

HS10160G Introduction to Mobile Apps &
Video Game Design
Full Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This course introduces students to the world of mobile app and video game design in a straight forward format. Students will have the opportunity to learn the creative and technical components required to launch a new app or video game. Students will develop the skills of art, science, and technology needed to design apps and video games. This course is designed for beginners with little or no prior programming experience.

Intro to Power Transportation

 HS20102G Intro to Power Transportation Systems
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

This is an introductory course with activity based lessons designed to develop a student's awareness of small engine fundamentals and safety. This course introduces students to various types of two and four cycle small engines, such as those used on lawn and garden equipment. Students will have hands on opportunities to discover the relationships between exhaust, intake, compression, power, electrical/ignition, cooling, carburetion and lubrication of internal combustion engines. Students will learn the basics of small engine theory, repair, maintenance and safety.

Manufacturing Technology

 HS13002G Manufacturing Technology
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12 
This is a hands-on course that will involve student in all aspects of manufacturing. Units of study will include: Sheet Metal Fabrication, Machining Methods, Forming Methods, Material Conditioning and Combining Methods, Engineering Drawing Interpretation and Design. Student activities will involve designing, process engineering and manufacturing unique individual and group projects.
School service projects and class projects will be used to supplement individual activities.

World of Technology

 HS21052G World of Technology
Full Year 1.0 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

 This course introduces students to the varied Technical Education areas using a STEM-based approach to integrate lab-based lessons/activities with communication, mathematics, and the sciences. Students will rotate between all Tech Ed teachers through the six Tech Ed labs, BHS TV studio, and the WERB 94.5 FM radio station. Each topic is designed as an exploration in the areas of Broadcast, Communications, Electronics, Design, Manufacturing, Woods, Transportation, and Firefighting. Students have opportunities to work both in teams and individually with the emphasis on pushing beyond the core academics into discovering where all subjects meet as a comprehensive activity. Broadcast puts the ability to develop scripts with the artistic act of video composition, lighting, sound recording, and editing. Woodworking joins artistic and functional design, measurement, machining, problem solving, and the chemistry of finish. The premise of World of Technology is to have students explore a variety of areas as well as start the development of transferable college or career skills.

Television Production

 HS11051G   Television Production
Full Year   1.00 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

 This activity-based course introduces students to basic

television production skills. Students will work in

small groups applying the concepts and processes of

pre-production (planning and scripting), production

(BHS TV), and post-production techniques. Projects

will include creating content for Berlin High students

and FOX Student News.

Woods I

 HS17006G Woods 1
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 10, 11 or 12

 This is an introduction to woodworking using a STEMbased approach to integrate woodworking with mathematics and science using activity-based lessons. Instruction is designed to develop a student’s awareness of various types of materials, measurement, layout, hand tools, and machinery with an emphasis on safety. Students will learn how to plan and design a project along with how to measure, select, cut, assemble, and finish materials into completed useful objects. These skills are widely transferable into many trades and design related fields. Students will create, design, and construct personalized teacher assigned projects with teacher guidance and close supervision. The curriculum exposes students to employment opportunities within the woodworking field along with a historical and scientific look at wood/woodworking, plastics, and manufacturing.

Woods II

HS13054G  Woods II
1/2 Year .50 credit
Grades 11 and 12
Prerequisite: Woods I

This is a continuation of a STEM-based education in

woodworking with mathematics, science, and problem

solving using activity-based lessons. Instruction is

designed to extend a student’s awareness of various

types of materials, measurement, layout, hand tools,

and machinery with an emphasis on safety. The class

will explore all aspects of woodworking including

fasteners, materials, building practices, and building

codes. Students will construct personal project(s) of

their choice with teacher guidance and close

supervision. This hands-on course will focus on both

the student’s independent skills and working

collaboratively with others on various projects. The

curriculum exposes students to employment

opportunities within the woodworking field along with

a historical and scientific look at wood/woodworking

and residential construction marketplace. The job

outlook is very positive for building trades and design

related fields; the outlook for 2020 in the US is over

100,000 vacancies and an average third year salary of

$42k to $61k.


Russell Fuller
Mark Wicander
Christopher Wolfe

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Christopher Wolfe | profile  
 860-828-6577 x4070
 cwolfe@berlinschools.org


 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • FCC licensed FM radio station 94.5
  • HD TV studio
  • Firefighting program
  • 5 CNC Metalworking mills
  • CNC Plasma cutter
  • 3 CNC Woodworking machines
  • 2 Laser engravers
  • Hunter Hawkeye aligner
  • 2 Auto / truck lifts
  • 3D Printer
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