Blue Ridge Technical Center
280 Luray Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
Office Phone: (540) 635-7123
Fax: (540) 635-6979
The technology education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. At the high school level, students take courses to prepare them for technical or professional programs of higher education, such as technical programs, STEM careers, engineering or architecture.
In this foundation course students learn the basic language of technical design, and they design, sketch, and make technical drawings, models, or prototypes of real design problems. The course is especially recommended for future engineering and architecture students.
Students learn the principles of architecture and increase understanding of working drawings and construction techniques learned in the prerequisite course. Experiences include residential and commercial building designs, rendering, model making, structural details, and community planning. Students use computer-aided drawing and design (CAD) equipment and established standards or codes to prepare models for presentation. The course provides information helpful for the homeowner and is especially beneficial to the future architect, interior designer, or home builder. Completion of this course may contribute to a student‘s preparation for the Level I AutoCAD certification examination. Prerequisite: Technical Drawing/Design.
Students use a graphic language for product design, technical illustration, assembly, patent, and working drawings. They increase their understanding of drawing techniques learned in the prerequisite course. Students use computers, calculators, and descriptive geometry and adhere to established standards to solve design problems. Completion of this course may contribute to a student‘s preparation for the Level I AutoCAD certification examination. Prerequisite: Technical Drawing/Design.
Students combine resources and techniques into systems, realizing technology as a system. By simulating systems, assessing their impacts, and relating this experience to the two previous levels, students gain an insight into how to approach the problems and opportunities of a technological world in a broad sense. They also explore occupational areas and educational programs for technology-oriented careers.
In the beginning high school course in the Design and Technology program, students acquire a foundation in technological material, energy, and information and apply processes associated with the technological thinker. Challenged by laboratory activities, students create new ideas and innovations, build systems, and analyze technological products to learn further how and why technology works. They work in groups to build and control systems with engineering in the development of a technology.
Students work with a variety of computers, materials, and systems to improve their skills and knowledge. Groups work together, applying math, science, and communication concepts, on a project that combines systems such as production, energy, communication, transportation, biotechnology, and other technologies. Thematic activities engage students in community problems where they transfer the technological method to address recycling, space exploration, and housing. Students learn the basic language of technical design, as they design, sketch, and make technical drawings, models, or prototypes of real design problems using AutoLite software. This course is especially recommended for future technical drawing classes: basic technical drawing, architecture drawing and engineering drawing students. Prerequisite: Technology Foundations.
A course that teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software. In NYS, Circuit test the course is called Design and Drawing for Production and follows the syllabus developed by the State Education Department.
A course that helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.
A course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.
The courses run in sequence. Each year the next course(s) in sequence will be offered. Course outlines, syllabus, equipment, supplies and materials are all dictated by the Project Lead The Way Program. Following the Foundation Courses WCPS will select a specialized area of engineering course for students continuing in the PLTW program. Upon completion of this specialized course a ―Capstone‖ course Engineering Design and Development will be offered for final year PLTW students.
Students learn to operate equipment such as TV cameras, video tape recorders, microphones, audio mixers, and audio-video editing systems. They practice skills related to production, direction, and scripting of programs and set design and construction. Students also study control room procedures and responsibilities.
Students continue to learn to operate equipment such as TV cameras, video tape recorders, microphones, audio mixers, and audio/video editing systems. They practice skills related to production, direction, and scripting of programs and set design and construction. Students also study control room procedures and responsibilities. The cooperative education method is available for this course. Students combine classroom instruction and supervised on-the-job training in an approved position with continuing supervision throughout the school year.
Students have the opportunity to receive credit for working. Students will have early outs in order to work. They will be required to have continuous employment. Students will be required to meet with teacher and turn in monthly work hours. Prerequisite: Mandatory Employment