• Niagara Wheatfield Technology Department

    Courses

    Production Systems

    Production Systems will provide instruction on the systems of manufacturing and construction, as well as detail the resources, processes, products, and quality assurance involved in manufacturing and construction.  Students will study how manufacturing and construction impact society, the economy, and the environment.                     
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    Energy Systems
    Through hands-on activities students will study how energy is produced used and conserved. A variety of problems and experiments will test theories in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and hydropower. Students will use a variety of tools and machines, along with SolidWorks solid modeling software to help in the design and testing process.
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    Transportation Systems
    Land, water and air transportation systems are the modalities explored. Through hands-on activities students experience how forces effect their creations. Water: Archimedes Principle –buoyancy, hull design and drive types. Air: Forces on flight, airfoil design, Bernoulli’s Principle and model planes. Land: Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction, aerodynamics and CO2 vehicles. Students will use a variety of tools and machines, along with SolidWorks solid modeling software to help in the design and testing process.
    Principles of Engineering:
    (POE) (Project Lead The Way Course):
    This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 10th or 11th grade students.
    CAM/Robotics
    Manufacturing today is done through the use of Robotics and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). The two major components of CAM are computers and robots. Students in this class will use a variety of tools and machines to design build and test their very own Sumo Bots for high-level competition.  Additionally, students will build a robot equipped with a microprocessor and sensors, and develop computer code that will enable their robots to perform autonomously.
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    Communication Systems
    Communication Systems is a Desktop Publishing class for first time computer users.  Students will become familiar with Publisher, Scanners, Video Capture and printers.  This “hands-on” course introduces systems most utilized for mass communication, their impact on society, and their impact on related careers.
    Design & Drawing for Production
    Students who choose Design & Drawing for Production will visually problem-solve.  Students will also use common graphic language to describe forms in the man-made environment.  Included are six basic areas of technical drawing: orthographic projection, pictorial drawing, sections, auxiliaries, revolutions, transitions and developments, plus the elements of design.  Students will analyze, creatively design, and critically evaluate various forms. Students will also conduct research for historical precedents, cultural references, environmental impact, and future vision.
    Principles of Engineering (POE)
    This survey course of engineering exposes students to major concepts that they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community.