Bringing ideas into reality
Students will be engaged in numerous creation projects throughout the school year. Students will be working with technology in creation, design and construction of various types of materials. Two of the key elements for product design and creation will be to measure, create and carve elements on one of three available CNC machines in the workshop as well as using a free CAD program to design and print 3D materials.
For example, some of the projects that students will be able to design and create will be personalized wooden signs and carving boards, LED signs and acrylic lights, clocks, lights, jewelry boxes as well as many other creations. Students will learn to strip and wire low voltage LED lights, measure and cut wood for work pieces, plane and sand wood, as well as setup and run the CNC machines.
In regards to 3D printing, students will download their own free version of Fusion 360 which will allow them to construct their objects in a 3D working environment. Students will create new products and manufacture products as simple as pencil holders and as sophisticated as a new concept vehicle. Students will transfer their created .STL file to one of three 3D printers that are available for use.
The goal of this class is to develop a problem solving mentality. With all projects, students will be presented with general guidelines that they must stay within, but overall they are to design their solution to the problem. Then after the design phase, they will develop and create their product before a given deadline. Students will be encouraged to express creative designs and problem solving techniques.
Emerging technologies will offer students a wide array of technological skills in a full year course. Students will be exposed to a free CAD program (Fusion 360) that will allow students to create and then 3D Print their projects. Students will also be involved in learning CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining and will carve and create various wood projects. This technology course will be a hands on, lab based setting with various projects going on at the same time. Students should be interested in building and creating items throughout the school year. This group of students will be the core technology team that will assist Mr. Hirt and Mr. Baker in maintaining, fixing and implementing technology into all fields of study.