Fundamentals of Technology provides hands-on experiences in principles and processes essential for the technology systems courses and develops a foundation for students interested in any technology field of study. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, technical communications, modeling, testing, evaluation and implications.
At Providence, we use a SCAN-TEK lab with 11 modules. This is a state of the art computer lab in which students rotate through the module stations at scheduled intervals; conducting activities and experiments in the areas of alternative energy, construction, AutoCAD drafting, basic electricity, digital sound – recording and voice recognition, research and design mag-lev transportation systems, pneumatics, programming a conveyor and robotic arm, microwave communication and CNC (computer numeric controls).Communications Systems introduces students to visual and audio design. Using current software and hardware, they learn design sketching, multimedia production, desktop publishing, television production, video editing, photography and film developing, the Internet, and optical communications systems. The class also uses the SCAN-TEK modules, providing the students with a teacher directed and self paced learning environment. Fundamentals of Technology is the prerequisite to this course. The Technology Student Association (TSA) is also an essential component of Technology Education. Through TSA, students learn and apply technical, leadership, social, and civic skills. Students become effective team members through the use and development of interpersonal skills. TSA activities are an integral part of the Technology Education program and relate directly to the program outcomes. Providence students have competed on a local, regional and national level. Our TSA chapter was named the 2000-2001 Outstanding Chapter in the United States, and also received first place awards in Scientific Visualization and Drafting at the national competition.
Drafting I (7510)
Drafting I is an introduction to engineering drafting. The curriculum is adjusted to teach all the drafting concepts and skills through the use of CAD (Computer Aided Drafting). Upon completion of this course students may choose between the following.
Architectural II (7557) or Engineering II (7559)
In architecture a set of residential house plans are drawn. In engineering the student learns to draw complex machine parts in 2D and 3D.
Architectural III (7558) or Engineering III (7560)
In architecture a set of residential house plans including more detailed plans are drawn. In engineering the student learns to draw complex machine parts in 3D and part animation.
Scientific Visualization I & II (7570 & 7571)
The graphical representation of complex scientific concepts can enhance science education, but science teachers and their students have not always had the opportunity to work with software and computers to graphically display data. Drafting and engineering graphics teachers and students often use the tools and skills of technical graphics, an area that has much in common with scientific visualization.
Now that scientific visualization programs can be used on the kinds of computers available in schools, it is feasible for teachers to make use of them in their science classes. This new scientific visualization curriculum currently being developed for North Carolina secondary students will team science teachers with graphics and drafting teachers, so they can build on each other's expertise.
The curriculum goals for both SciVis I & II include:
Enriching curriculum by incorporating computer and network technology
Understanding theoretical basis of using graphics to convey scientific information
Exploring how science and technology curricula can be integrated
Experiencing the emerging field of scientific visualization
Developing instructional materials for integrating scientific visualization into the science classroom
Building working graphics/science teams
These goals are met through the use of the following software;
MS Word - for written assignments
MS Excel - for data driven charts and graphs
MS PowerPoint - for class presentations
MS Front Page - for class presentations Corel Draw for 2D images
3D Studio Max for 3D images and image animations
This is the only class of its kind in CMS. SciVis, as we call it, attracts students interested in science and computer animation.
Automotive Service Technology
AutoTech I (7391)
AutoTech II (7392; 2 periods)
AutoTech III (7393; 2 periods)
Introduces basic automotive skills and job opportunities in the auto repair industry. Topics include engine theory, automotive preventive maintenance, brake repair, electrical systems, trouble shooting, safety, test equipment, small engine repair, and measuring.