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Technology Education & Applied Engineering Department Courses

557135 Pre-Engineering: F-1 in Schools (Weight – 1.1)   (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 0.5 credits 


Pre-Engineering: F-1 in Schools is an introduction to engineering. It is project-based, and developed around the F-1 in Schools Technology Challenge program.  Students in this course will design, build, test and evaluate a 1/20th scale F-1 race car, powered by a CO2 cartridge.  Students will utilize Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software to design and develop their ideas into virtual models.  The models will be produced using computer numerical control (CNC) technology.  Basic engineering concepts, problem solving methods and design techniques will be studied through the testing of the cars.  The final performance of the cars will be evaluated in a class competition.  Students who qualify, may have the opportunity to join the school’s competitive F1 team.  This pre-engineering course has been developed to offer students STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education experiences.  



555135 Introduction to Technology Education (Weight – 1.1) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)        0.5 credits


Students will study the five major areas of technology, including, communications, construction, manufacturing, biotechnology and transportation technology. Students will analyze the impacts of current technologies on people, society, and the environment.  They will research and explore career opportunities associated with technology and may explore individual career interests. The Introduction to Technology Education course will help students understand and successfully use tools, materials, and processes as they participate in hands-on learning activities. Students will use the design process as they apply principles of technology, mathematics and science in these hands-on learning activities.  Students will also develop skills in a variety of computer applications and equipment, such as 3D printing and laser engraving.   



555235 Electronics  (Weight - 1.1) (Grades 9-12)   0.5 credits


Students interested in careers related to electronics, computer science or engineering should elect to take electronics. Success in our present world has become highly dependent upon an understanding of electronics technology. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This introductory course will help you understand how many of the devices that we use every day actually work. This is a “hands-on” class where you can develop skills with tools, machines, and electronic test equipment. During the course, each student will actually construct a variety of electronic circuits, while developing skills in: reading schematics, identifying and soldering components, wiring, enclosure design, and basic troubleshooting. Topics covered include an introduction to basic component characteristics, sources of electricity, circuits and power, Ohm’s law, magnetism, and simple D.C. electrical circuits. Computers are used to design circuit boards, draw schematics and enclosure drawings, simulate circuit functions, and perform experiments. A culminating project is required at the end of the course to demonstrate the student’s understanding of the course content. The major goal of this course is to provide a successful introductory experience with electronics that can serve as a foundation for Digital Electronics TM (DE) course in the Project Lead The Way® high school pre-engineering program. 




554335 Introduction to Woodworking (Weight – 1.1) (Grades 10, 11, 12) 0.5 credits


Introduction to Woodworking will provide students with an introduction to basic woodworking skills & techniques and an overall appreciation for quality workmanship. Students will be required to process, assemble and finish all of the parts required to complete various wood projects. Students will experience the processing of wood materials through the safe use of basic hand tools, power equipment and the computer numerically-controlled (CNC) router. Students may be required to pay for materials used in individual projects depending on the materials selected.



 554345 Woodworking II (Weight – 1.1) (Grades 10, 11, 12)   0.5 credits


Woodworking II will provide students with intermediate to advanced level woodworking skills and techniques and a further appreciation for quality workmanship. Students will be required to process, assemble and finish various types of materials (wood, metal, glass & plastic) necessary to complete a project. Students will experience the processing of these materials through the safe use of basic and advanced hand tools, power equipment and computer numerically-controlled (CNC) machines, such as the router, metal lathe and laser engraver.  Students will be required to pay for materials used in individual projects.


Prerequisite: Introduction to Woodworking (Successful completion of Intro. to Wood with a grade of “C” or higher)



554331 Woodworking III (Weight - 1.2) (Grades 11, 12)               1.0 credit 


Woodworking III will once again emphasize the use of machine tools but it will also involve the use of common hand tools available for home wood shops. Wood III will be an extension of the skills developed in the Introduction and Advanced Woodworking courses with an increased emphasis on fine detail and accuracy. A materials fee will be charged for this course to cover the cost of the lumber used in the class. The cost will vary based on which project the student chooses. 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Woodworking II (Advanced Woodworking) with a grade of “B” or higher 



556135 Digital Video Communication (Weight - 1.1) (Grades 10, 11, 12)              0.5 credits


In the Digital Video Communication course, students will have experiences in the areas of camera operation, script writing, audio production, and digital video editing. Students will produce individual and group-based projects, such as 30-second commercials, mini-movies, public service announcements, instructional videos and other video projects. 

The students will produce the daily morning announcements in the DNN (Donegal News Network) TV Studio. Students will be involved in all jobs and aspects involved in the television studio including but not limited to: on-air talent, video switcher, video recording, sound, teleprompter, computer graphics, lighting, camera operator, and directing. Students who successfully complete the course will be better prepared to enter a college or technical school program related to this area of communication technology.




557221 Introduction to Engineering Design™ (IED) (Weight – 1.2) (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12)    1.0 credit 

(Project Lead the Way Course)


As the first foundation course within the Pathways to Engineering program, Introduction to Engineering DesignTM will involve students in using the design process, while enriching their problem solving skills. Students will use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to complete activities and projects. Students will experience 3D CAD modeling software and 3D printing technology in an engineering problem-solving environment. This course will also put an emphasis on creating potential solutions to real-world problems and communicating ideas to other people. You may visit www.pltw.org for more information on Project Lead the Way. 


Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of Academic Algebra I or Academic Geometry with a final grade of “C” or higher, as required by the Project Lead the Way curriculum. 



557321 Principles of Engineering™ (POE) (Weight – 1.2)  (Grades 10, 11, 12)                       1.0 credit 

(Project Lead the Way Course)


As the second foundation course within the Pathway to Engineering program, Principles of Engineering™ will expose students to major concepts encountered in college engineering courses of study. This course builds on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts and skills that students mastered in IED. Students employ engineering and scientific principles in the solution of engineering design problems, related to mechanisms, structural design, robotics, and ballistics.  They will further develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design techniques to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community. You may visit www.pltw.org for more information.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Engineering Design with a final grade of "C" or higher, as required by the Project Lead the Way curriculum.



557521 Civil Engineering and Architecture TM (CEA) (Weight – 1.2) (Grades 10, 11, 12)     1.0 credit   (Project Lead the Way Course)


Civil Engineering and Architecture TM (CEA), the fourth foundation course in the Pathway to Engineering program, is the study of the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects. The course includes an introduction to building design and construction, including building components and systems, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry. The major focus of the CEA course is to expose students to the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects, design teams and teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Students will use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to analyze, design and build electronic and physical models of residential and commercial facilities. You may visit www.pltw.org for more information. 


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) with a final grade of “C” or higher, as required by the Project Lead the Way curriculum. 




557421  Digital Electronics TM (DE) (Weight – 1.2) (Grades 10, 11, 12)        1.0 credit   (Project Lead the Way Course)


Digital Electronics TM (DE), the third foundation course in the Pathway to Engineering program, is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. This revolutionary advancement in electronics creates the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc.  The major focus of the Digital Electronics TM course is to expose students to the design process of digital circuitry, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Students will use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts to analyze digital circuitry and design and build digital electronics projects. You may visit www.pltw.org for more information. 


Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Algebra II with a final grade of “C” or higher, as required by the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  



557621 Pre-Apprenticeship in the High School (Weight 1.2) (Grades 11, 12) 1.0 credit 

(This course will be scheduled to meet every other day for the full year) 


The Pre-Apprenticeship in the High School course is a cooperative program between Donegal High School and the Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter. This course is designed to provide students with a head-start toward a career in the construction industry. Students in this course will learn about and apply hands-on skills used by carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and equipment operators, as well as basic skills related to tool operation, workplace safety, and employability. Students in this course will gain valuable first-hand knowledge through experiences such as the: 

Construction of an outdoor storage shed 

Completion of a National Introductory Craft Skills Certification 

Completion of a Basic Occupational Safety Certification 


Upon graduation, successful students may continue on to finish the remainder of their formal apprenticeship education and earn a Journeyman’s Certificate through Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Students will pay a $25 registration fee to ABC Keystone to have their certification information entered into the National Center for Construction Education and Research registry. 

Prerequisites: Must submit a qualifying program application to the teacher for approval
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