At the Junior High, our goal is to expose students to as many technological experiences as possible.  Our current course offerings are:

Google Basics
 In this course, students will participate in a blended-learning classroom in order to gain experience with the many free, Google-based tools that can be used on any device, anytime and anywhere there is Internet access.  Through subject-integrated projects, students will learn how to create any Google app, and use its features with efficiency. 



Mobile Game Design- Zulama
It seems as if everyone has an idea for an “app” these days! In this course, students will use professional game design techniques to create playable mobile games that they can add to their game design portfolio. Using GameSalad, students will learn the fundamentals of game balance, apply competition and playfulness, demonstrate a working knowledge of triangularity, and debug using iterative game design.

 
Evolution of Games- Zulama
Today’s professional game designers re-use dynamics from many different types of games in their blockbuster hits. This course gives students the chance to explore ancient cultures, their games, and find out how they designed games using available technology and resources. Students will prototype and play games as well as get hands-on experience creating their own original game.


Automation and Robotics-PLTW
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Design and Modeling- PLTW
Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.



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