GHS Technology Courses

  • SYSTEMS COURSES

    Communication Systems

    This course features the communication technologies of the GHS ComLab and the knowledge and creativity associated with media design. Projects include team and personally produced movies and commercials using the lab’s collection of camcorders. Music videos or other projects can be discussed for alternative projects. Grades are based on the planning and message impact of multimedia communications included in a project portfolio.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 9–12

    DIY of Owning and Fixing a Home                                                                                                 

    This course will take a student through all aspects of owning and fixing a home.  Some of the topics covered are:  framing, heating, plumbing, electrical, siding, building decks, preventative work on home, changing fixtures, and budgeting.

    • Grades 9-12
    • 1/2 unit / semester

    Multi-Media Production

    This class will cover video and audio production and post-production, history of TV, and digital TV broadcast.  Students will learn to apply filming, directing, producing and editing skills to produce the schools daily announcements. Participation on the announcements is required. 

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 11–12
    • Prerequisite: Communication Systems

    Production Systems

    This is a course with an emphasis on technologies as a framework to study manufacturing. Student activities include forming a manufacturing corporation as well as individualized projects and construction techniques. Experiences with machine tools and assembly are featured along with product design and marketing.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 9–12

    FOUNDATION COURSES

    Basic Wiring/Electronics

    This course develops skills in residential wiring, electronic systems, and electrical circuits. Projects include residential circuitry along with skills, tools, techniques, and safety for homeowner solutions and a possible career as an electrician. The study of digital electronics is accomplished with kits, circuit boards, and soldering a basic board project.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 9–12

    World of Technology

    World of Technology will provide students with the opportunities to learn about a variety of current and future advances in technology. Students will be engaged in numerous hands-on and computer activities that will enhance their abilities in engineering design, problem solving, and critical thinking. Each activity will integrate appropriate math and science concepts in the development of problem solution.

    World of Technology can be used to fulfill the third unit in Math or Science requirement for all students in all sequences.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 10–12
    • (Possible 3rd Math or Science credit)

    COMMUNICATIONS COURSES

    Graphic Communication Systems

    This elective offers skills in digital imaging technologies with an emphasis on the graphic communications industries: print, web, and digital media. Students use an array of software on the lab’s network for a variety of projects: personal logos, print and digital business cards, stationery production, magazine covers, and personalized mugs. Skills and knowledge developed in this course are beneficial in the workplace, college, and life.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 9–12

    Web.com 1.0

    This elective offers students an introduction to a wide variety of technology. Students will be introduced to the development and design of websites. Students will create personalized websites based on the knowledge gained from class instruction and discussion. These skills can then be applied to other computer related courses, the school environment, and the workplace.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12

    Web.com 2.0

    Web.com 2.0 is the second course in the Web.com series in the GHS ComLab. It deals with moderate to advanced web design and production. It is an activities-based course that allows students to work at their own pace to create their websites. This course will focus on building a website from scratch.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Web.com 1.0

    Photography

    Photography is an introduction to a highly creative and technical field. Classroom experiences introduce the students to the qualities of photographic composition, use of digital cameras, and digital editing software. Students use PhotoShop to create, edit, and alter photos that they have taken. Cameras are available for student use.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grade 12

    Project Lead the Way: Computer Science Principles

    This course helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data and cyber-security. Students will work in teams to develop computational thinking and solve problems. The course aims to develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12

    TECHNICAL DRAWING COURSES

    (Courses offered in the Department’s 16-station computer lab)

    Design and Drawing for Production (DDP)

    This course gives students opportunities concerning design and drawing through creative thinking, decision-making, problem solving experiences, and manual and computer-aided-design. Coursework is evaluated by drawings, quizzes, and design problems. This course is recommended for any student who plans to attend an engineering or architectural college.

    DDP satisfies the state requirement for one art/music credit.

    • 1 unit/full year
    • Grades 9–12

    3D Printing and Design

    This course is designed to be an introduction into the world of 3D printing.  This course will use the newest 3D printer on the market today.  Print with several different materials.  Take ideas to the next level in draw, design, and print of several parts and products.  Learn new software like Blender, Solid Works, and Apex.

    • 1/2 unit/semester
    • Grades 9-12

    Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

    This course is designed to introduce and provide a background into the world of AutoCAD. Students will learn how to use the software to draw several types of drawings. They will also design and draw and build a project which will introduce several woodworking tools and machines.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12
    • Prerequisite: Design & Drawing for Production

    Advanced CAD

    This course is an advanced course in AutoCAD that will deal with higher level CAD commands. The course includes 3D and architectural drawing. This study takes drawing to the next level. Students will design, draw, and build a model of their design.

    • ½ unit/1 semester
    • Grades 10–12
    • Recommended Prerequisite: Computer-Aided Design