Technology, Engineering & Design Courses

Supervisor: Jane Armellino, 908-284-7178, jarmelli@hcrhs.org

These courses may be used to satisfy the 21st Century Life and Careers or Career Technical Education graduation requirements. Please note: Prerequisite requirements for all courses are listed in the course descriptions. Please read these carefully to ensure that all prerequisite courses have been taken before selecting a course.

Click on the photo link to view a TED Department Course Overview by Supervisor Jane Armelllino.


2021-2022 Design & Applied Technology Course Descriptions

#801 TEAM WORKSHOP - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades 9-12

TEAM Workshop is designed with an inclusion model in mind. Both Special and General Education students will work together through a curriculum designed to cultivate and promote student leadership, peer mentoring, collaboration and creativity in a workshop atmosphere. Students will work collaboratively on hands-on projects that will allow them to learn methods of design, using a variety of materials to create unique solutions to design challenges. Peer assisted learning will be used to cultivate partner and “team” relationships focused on the design process. General Education students will apply, interview and be selected to participate in this course, while Special Education students will be able to select this course. The course is ultimately designed to foster an inclusive environment for students in the Technology, Engineering and Design area.


#805 - MATERIALS & PROCESSES - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This introductory course provides students with the opportunity to utilize and become familiar with hand tools and power tools. Students will learn through hands-on experiences, working with a variety of materials and fasteners while practicing safe working habits. Students will use the design process to independently and collaboratively research, design and build unique solutions to design challenges. Projects are documented in an electronic portfolio throughout the course.


#806 - TED: TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course provides a general introduction to course offerings in the Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) department. It is required for students pursuing other TED courses or as an elective for students fulfilling the 21st Century Life and Career Skills graduation requirement. It will provide students with hands-on experience in technical drawing, design, fabrication, and engineering through project based units. Students will use problem-solving techniques to brainstorm and create solutions, and will develop an understanding of the design process, technical drawing, basic tool usage, and safety skills. Course #806 TED is required for students interested in further study in Robotics or Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in either of those areas.


#830 - RESIDENTIAL DESIGN - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: #806 TED: Technology, Engineering and Design

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Architectural Design. Students will explore residential architectural styles, basic building codes and structural requirements. Students will progress through creating residential floor plans and developing interior designs using drafting tools. Students will make decisions based on personal needs, desires and available resources to design living spaces. Residential Design is required for students interested in further study in Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Career and Technology Education (CTE) program in of study in Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD.


#815 - INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #806 TED: Technology, Engineering and Design

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn fundamental robotic skills and programming essentials. Using a VEX platform robot, students work collaboratively to develop a robot to complete specific tasks. Students will have the opportunity to complete projects involving guided research, problem-solving, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Fairleigh Dickinson University. Eligible students can earn 3 credits for FDU’s course, EG 120, Robotics and Manufacturing. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.


#808 - INVENTION & INNOVATIONS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Invention & Innovations incorporates the design process with the techniques used by inventors and industrial designers to innovate the products of the future. Students explore the history of invention, the social impacts and economic trade-offs of technological advancement, branding and packaging. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify a problem, research, brainstorm, and prototype a physical model to develop a solution to an authentic, real-world problem. It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process.


#813 - TECHNICAL DRAWING - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12

Technical Drawing introduces students to technical drawing using traditional drafting equipment and then progresses to three dimensional design. The course will introduce students to sketching, orthographic projection, and isometrics. Students will then develop their skills using AutoDesk Inventor to create basic three dimensional models and renderings.


#832 ARCHITECTURE – 5 CREDITS
Grades:10-12
Prerequisite: #830 Residential Design

Architecture is a project based STEM course for students who are considering careers in architecture, civil engineering, planning, and construction. Students will draw, design and build architectural structures. Students will use AutoCAD to draw a block plan of their own neighborhood. They will design and draw floor plans. Students will study the fundamentals of construction including foundations, footing, and roof designs. Students will use an advanced professional CAD system to model a final house design and produce plans and images of their virtual model. It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process.


#817 – ROBOTICS 1 – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #815 Introduction to Robotics

This course is designed to challenge students in the operations of the VEX Robot platform as it teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn how to use feedback from sensors, applied mathematics and measurement to program their robot to navigate in its environment. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges involving guided research, problem-solving, collaboration, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Students interested in participating on the Robotics Team are encouraged to consider this course.


#834 SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN - 5 CREDITS
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: #832 Architecture

Students will learn the fundamentals of the sustainable side of Architecture. Students will explore the reuse, renew and recycle side of design, along with an element of alternative design. Students will design structures that are sustainable and green. Emphasis will be on repurposing an existing structure, developing recreational areas, and ADA (American Disability Act). LEED Certification will be introduced and used as a basis for eco-friendly designs. Sustainable Design is required for students interested in further study in Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Career and Technology Education (CTE) program in Engineering Technology.


#818 – ROBOTICS 2 – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #812 Robotics 1

This is the culminating course for the Robotics Curriculum and is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and Automation. It is designed to challenge students in the operations of the VEX Robot platform as it teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn how to use feedback from sensors, applied mathematics and measurement to program their robot to navigate in its environment. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges involving guided research, problem-solving, collaboration, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Robotics 2 is required for students pursuing the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study in TE Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering.


#804 - ENGINEERING 1: PRINCIPLES - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 101-12
Prerequisite: Any level of Geometry, #806 TED: Technology, Engineering and Design

Engineering 1: Principles is a course that covers a variety of disciplines that are found within a Technical/Engineering Career. This course is ideal for students who are considering a STEM-related career choice and are looking for a hands-on experience. Students develop their designs using sketching, computer aided design (CAD) and 3D prototyping. Students use CAD to design, build and animate a mechanical system. Students will explore different branches of engineering and solve multi-layered engineering problems through the use of the design process. They will develop their solutions through research, brainstorming, sketching, creating technical drawings, creating CAD models, and using tools and materials to create working prototypes. Throughout the course, students will document their projects in a digital engineering notebook. It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process.


#803 – ENGINEERING 2: HONORS APPLICATION - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #804 Engineering 1: Principles AND any level of Algebra 2 AND any level of Geometry

Engineering 2: Honors Application is an advanced level, project-based STEM course for students who are considering engineering or technical careers. Students must have prior experience with Geometry and Computer Aided Design before taking this course. Students use analog and digital tools to reverse engineer, analyze and prototype a steam generator. They design and build mechanical machines, electronic circuits, and program microprocessors. Throughout the course, students will document their projects in a digital engineering notebook. The course culminates with students applying these skills to a final project of their own design.