Design & Applied Technology Courses

Supervisor:  Jacqueline Cole, 908-284-7157,

These courses may be used to satisfy the 21st Century Life and Careers or Career Technical Education graduation requirements.  Please note:  prerequisite requirements for all courses are listed in the course descriptions.  Please read these carefully, to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course.  While we encourage students to challenge themselves in their course selection, the demands of higher level courses can be significant. If you are considering a change in level, talk to your current teacher and counselor for guidance.

2018-2019 Design & Applied Technology Course Descriptions

Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #804 Principles of Engineering or #832 Architecture or #810 Alternative Design AND #311 Honors Algebra 2 or #332 Algebra 2 or #3337 Algebra 2; AND #321 Honors Geometry or #322 Geometry or #3237 Geometry

Honors Engineering is an advanced level, project-based STEM course for students who are considering engineering or technical careers. Students must have prior experience with Geometry and Computer Aided Design before taking this course. Students use digital technologies to reverse engineer, analyze and prototype a steam generator.They design and build autonomous machines, electronic circuits, and program microprocessors. Throughout the course, students will document their projects in a digital notebook. The course culminates with students applying these skills to a final project of their own design. 

Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #3237 Geometry,
#322 Geometry or #321 Honors Geometry
This course is not available to students who previously completed #803 - Honors Engineering.

Principles of Engineering requires students to apply geometric principles to real-world problems. This course is ideal for students who are considering STEM-related careers and are looking for a hands-on experience solving engineering problems. Students develop their designs using sketching, Computer Aided Design and 3D prototyping. Students use CAD to design, build and animate a mechanical system. They will also design a mechanical hand and prototype it using tools and materials. They assemble and program a robot to autonomously solve a maze. They design and build an electric car to perform a specified task. Throughout the course, students will document their projects in a digital notebook.  It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process.


Architecture is a project based STEM course for students who are considering careers in architecture, civil engineering, planning, and construction. Students will draw, design and build architectural structures. Students will use AutoCAD to draw a block plan of their own neighborhood. They will design and draw floor plans. They will design, build, and test a tall structure and a model a small sustainable house. Students will use an advanced professional CAD system to model a final house design and produce plans and images of their virtual model.It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process. 

Grades: 10-12

Students focus on the environmental side of engineering and design.  Areas of study include sustainability of resources, ergonomic design, solar power, Wind Technology and potential solutions to environmental problems. A hydroponic system will be designed and maintained, while engineering data is collected. Students will learn how to design packaging with a minimalist approach using AutoCAD. Students will also learn AutoDESK Inventor and enter the world of three-dimensional design. Students will work independently and collaboratively to research, sketch and engineer solutions to authentic problems. It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process. 

Grades: 9-12

Materials & Processes is an introductory level course for students who like working with their hands and/or are considering a technical or engineering career. This course provides students with the opportunity to utilize and become familiar with hand tools and power tools. Students will learn through hands-on experiences, working with a variety of materials and fasteners while practicing safe working habits. Students will use the design process to independently and collaboratively research, design and build unique solutions to design challenges. An emphasis is placed on the documentation of the work completed throughout the course.


Grades: 10-12

Introduction to Technology serves as a foundation to future courses in the Design & Applied Technology
Department.  The course is designed to introduce students to technology education through hands-on problem-solving design challenges. Emphasis is placed on Structures, Simple Machines and how they impact technological systems. Each student is challenged to develop a solution based on research and data collected, using common materials. Materials are tested for strength and endurance before being used in the design challenge. Students work independently and collaboratively to solve everyday problems using a variety of common materials.

#812 – ROBOTICS – 5 
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #815 Introduction to Robotics required for students in the Class of 2022. This requirement does not apply to students in the classes of 2019-2021.

This course is designed to challenge students in the operations of the VEX Robot platform as it teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Students will learn how to use feedback from sensors, applied mathematics and measurement to program their robot to navigate in its environment.  Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges involving guided research, problem-solving, collaboration, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Students interested in participating on the Robotics Team are encouraged to consider this course.

Grades: 10-12

Invention & Innovations incorporates what students know about the design process with
the techniques used 
by inventors and industrial designers to innovate the products of the future. Students explore the history of invention, the social impacts and economic trade-offs of technological advancement, branding and packaging.  By the end of the course, students will be able to identify a problem, research and brainstorm, draw orthographic projections and prototype a physical model to develop a solution to an authentic, real-world problem. It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process.

Grades: 10-12

Technical Drawing serves as a foundation for other courses within the Applied and Design Technology Department.This course introduces students to technical drawing using traditional drafting equipment and then progresses to three dimensional design.The course will introduce students to sketching, orthographic projection, and isometrics.Students will then develop their skills using AutoDesk Inventor to create basic three dimensional models and renderings.

Grades: 9-10

This course is not open to students who previously completed #805 Materials and Processes or # 807 Introduction to Technology Students will develop an understanding of the design process, technical drawing, basic tool usage and safety skills. The course will provide students with hands-on experience in technical drawing, design, fabrication, and engineering through project based units. Students will use problem-solving techniques to brainstorm and create solutions. This course provides a general introduction to course offerings in the Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) department. The course is required for students pursuing other TED courses or as an elective for students fulfilling the 21st Century Life and Career Skills graduation requirement. 

Grades: 9-10
Prerequisite: #806 Intro to TED

This course is not open to students who previously completed #812 Robotics This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn fundamental robotic skills and programming essentials. Using a VEX platform robot, students work collaboratively to develop a robot to complete specified tasks. Students will have the opportunity to complete projects involving guided research, problem-solving, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Introduction to Robotics is required for students interested in further study in Robotics as well as those students who plan to pursue the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in Engineering Technology.