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  • Technology Foundations

    Grade Level: 6th
     
    Prerequisite: None
    Course Description:
    All 6th graders are required to take this semester long course is designed to improve keyboarding skills, develop skills associated with digital tools, learn research skills and raise awareness of appropriate uses of technology currently available to our students. The expectation is that students learn skills that will be available in all areas of their education.
  • Design and Fabrication

    Grade Level: 6th
     
    Prerequisite: None
    Course Description:
    This course will introduce 6th graders to the principles of design and fabrication, using project-based lessons that result in physical artifacts. Offered as a part of the 6th grade elective rotation, this course would allow 6th graders to experience the tools available in the Levine Innovation Lab and learn foundational principles of design and construction. This class is learn-by-doing, combining theory and practice to actually plan, design, and create real-world solutions. This course is an elective during the rotation with Art, Music, Theatre Arts, and Vocal.
  • Creating Mobile Apps

    Grade Level: 7th-8th
     
    Prerequisite: None
    Course Description:
    This course introduces students to computer science principles by teaching students how to create apps for mobile devices and tablets. Using MIT App Inventor 2, a block-based graphical interface, students will design and program puzzles, games, location-based apps, and applications for social networking. Students will create a culminating project of their own design. No previous programming experience is required.
  • Robotics I

    Grade Level: 7th – 8th
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Prerequisite: None
    Course Description:
    This is a beginning course in robotics where students build and program robots using LEGO EV3 building blocks and robotics equipment. Students use the LEGO Mindstorms LabView programming language to download instructions into the robots they assemble. This course focuses on the exploration of EV3 sensors, programming, and problem solving, with special emphasis placed on LabView software development. Students apply principles of mathematics and science to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for the robotic and automation industries.
  • Robotics II

    Grade Level: 7th – 8th
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Prerequisite: Completion of Robotics I
    Course Description:
    This is a beginning/intermediate course in robotics where students build and program robots using LEGO EV3 building blocks and robotics equipment. Students use the LEGO Mindstorms LabView programming language to download instructions into the robots they assemble. This course focuses on design engineering, data logging, and advanced LabView programming. Text-based programming languages are also introduced in this course. Students apply principles of mathematics and science to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for the robotic and automation industries.
  • Engineering Concepts

    Grade Level: 7th – 8th
    Length of Course: 2 semesters
    Prerequisite: None
    Course Description:
    Engineering Concepts provides students with hands-on, problem-based learning opportunities that introduce the skills inherent in the design process.  Students will use problem-solving and teamwork to define a problem related to engineering and technology and develop, construct, and test their product. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions. This course encourages risk-taking and creativity, helping students become problem-solvers and critical thinkers.
    

Faculty

  • Photo of Jared Curtis
    Jared Curtis
    Science Department Chair and Middle School Science and Robotics Teacher
    832-204-5900
    Brigham Young University - B.S.
    University of Houston - M.Ed.
    2012
    Bio
  • Photo of James Guion
    James Guion
    Middle School Technology Teacher
    832-204-5900
    Hampden-Sydney College - B.A.
    Webster University - M.A.
    University of Texas at Austin - M.A.
    2013
    Bio