The overarching goal of the technology curriculum is to provide the students with a basic understanding of technology and engineering design for educational and social usage. N.B. The grade 7 and 8 technology curricula are always evolving to remain current with technological changes and trends.
In Tech 7, students learn basic computer skills and Internet safety. Among the skills that students acquire are the use of Google GSuite, proper use of computers, and basic research and digital bibliography tools. Internet safety topics include the do’s and don’ts of being a good digital citizen, creating a positive online presence, and dealing with cyber-bullying. (Grade 7)
In Tech 8, students focus on the engineering design principles of task assignment, design, trial, modification, and production. Working in groups, students program LEGO EV3 robots to perform specific tasks. Topics covered include the engineering design process, journal writing (tracking the progress of the project), programming logic (Icon based programming), team dynamics and performance, and project management. (Grade 8)
The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first- semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course engages students in the creative aspects of the field by allowing them to develop computational artifacts based on their interests. Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and will discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world.