• TECHNOLOGY COURSE OBJECTIVES

    • Apply the latest scientific discoveries to improve the quality of people’s daily lives

    • Operate and comprehend today’s technologies

    • Introduce students to the latest technologies currently utilized by business and industry, and help prepare students by means of hands-on experiences, working with these technologies

    • Learn many career-oriented applications of technology

    • Provide students with the opportunity to earn a 5-credit sequence in Technology as an alternative to the 3-credit requirement in a World Language and the Checkpoint B Assessment in a World Language for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

  • TECHNOLOGY COURSES

    Architectural Drawing:  .5 Credit, MHS

    Architectural Drawing Course Video

    Architectural Design is designed as an introductory course into architecture and its related fields. Students will be acquainted with the role of the architect in contemporary home design by means of classroom presentations and individual guidance. Students will be directed through the architectural design process, tools of the trade, drawing techniques and terminology. Students’ skills will progress from basic sketches to technical floor plans. Students will be exposed to the career path taken by modern architects from middle school through college to licensing. Those students interested in developing a better understanding of the construction techniques, materials, and skills required to build houses should take the course titled “Residential Structures and Computer Aided Designs.”

    Automotive Maintenance (Fall) and Advanced Automotive Maintenance (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS

    Automotive Maintenance Course Video

    • Automotive Maintenance (Fall) is for all young adults who will soon drive and own an automobile. This consumer-oriented course will place emphasis on car buying, choosing repair shops, routine maintenance, and the proper and safe use of hand tools and equipment. These projects will be presented by means of lecture, demonstrations, and student activities centered around cars students will be encouraged to bring into the lab. Open to 11th and 12th grade students.
    • Advanced Automotive Maintenance (Spring) will provide to the interested student an opportunity to explore the operation and maintenance requirements of the various systems found on today’s complex automobiles. Topics will include the following systems: Fuel, Ignition, Cooling, Braking, Suspension and Electrical. Course work will be divided between lecture and hands-on activities. There will be discussion related to careers available in the automobile service industry, along with the background and educational requirements necessary to succeed in this rapidly changing technology. The course is designed so that 11th and 12th grade students who have access to an automobile, learn proper procedures for the safe maintenance of that vehicle. Prerequisite: Automotive Maintenance

    Computer Aided Design I (Fall) and College Computer Aided Design II (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, SUNY Farmingdale

    • Computer Aided Design (Fall) is a required area of study for all students entering the fields of design, engineering, architecture, and their related disciplines. This introductory course will expose the student to the latest software programs currently used for designing, drawing and reproducing technical drawings. This course is highly recommended for students considering careers in engineering, design concepts, architecture, interior design or drafting.
    • College Computer Aided Design (Spring) is an advanced course that will allow students to fully explore the capabilities of CAD. Student activities will encompass individual design projects utilizing 3D drawings and isometric views, permitting the student’s individual career and future educational interest to be investigated. Students have the option of applying for 3 college credits through Farmingdale State College’s University in High School program. Prerequisite: CAD I

    Design and Drawing for Production:  1 Credit, Ames/MHS

    Design and Drawing for Production Course Video

    This course is a year long exploration into our universal graphic language, through which engineers, designers and students can express their ideas with creativity, clarity and exactness. It encourages visual problem solving using drafting techniques to describe forms in our man-made environment. This course will provide students with an opportunity to express themselves and display their talents in a variety of ways. Students will produce drawings and projects on their own as well as assigned exercises. Design and Drawing for Production is recommended for students interested in taking CAD, Principles of Engineering or Architectural Drawing. This course may also be used to satisfy the Art/Music Regents requirement. When taken as part of a Technology sequence, 1/2 credit will be used to partially fulfill the foundation core requirement and 1/2 credit will be used as a technology elective.

    Digital Photography (Fall) and College Digital Photography (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits from SUNY Farmingdale

    Digital Photography Course Video

    • Digital Photography (Fall) provides students with the opportunity to learn basic photographic skills and practices as defined by the age of digital electronics. The digital photography students will learn the historical connections to earlier photographic methods and will be introduced to the photographic elements of camera handling, camera operation, photographic composition and lighting. After shooting, they will download their raw pictures to a digital photo-editing program where the students will learn to use software to touch up, resize and do basic image manipulation before printing their pictures.
    • College Digital Photography (Spring) is the intermediate digital photography course that allows students to build on the photographic skills and concepts introduced in Digital Photography I. Greater emphasis will be placed on the students’ use of shutter and aperture priorities and ISO settings during the process of picture taking. They will become more acquainted with action and sports photography techniques as well as advanced studio lighting, portraiture and night photography. Photos will be downloaded to state-of-the-art editing software that will enable students to generate and print higher quality images. Students have the option of applying for 3 college credits through Farmingdale State College's University in High School program. Prerequisite: Digital Photography

    Electricity (Fall) and Digital Electronics (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS
    NOT offered in 2021-2022

    Electricity and Digital Electronics Course Video

    • Electricity (Fall) is a hands-on half-year course is an introduction to electricity, its generation and use in the home, at work and in related career fields. Students are offered the opportunity to explore one of today’s most essential, fascinating and fastest growing fields in a classroom/laboratory environment. Working individually and in small groups, students will learn the basics of electricity and electrical devices beginning with electron theory, the basis of design for all electrical and electronic equipment. They will participate in activities and experiments that demonstrate the effects of electricity and assemble useful projects. Students will explore the relationships of how electricity is measured and controlled. This course is the foundation course for the many 5 Credit Technology Sequences and is a prerequisite for the Digital Electronics course. It is strongly recommended for students interested in the 5 Credit Technology Sequences, Principles of Engineering, transportation, architecture, engineering and communications as well as those with an interest in robotics.
    • Digital Electronics (Spring) is a hand-on course that allows students to explore an important and rapidly growing field. Students will build and experiment with examples of circuits considered to be the “building blocks” of the information age. The topics for study include binary code, diodes, transistors, decision-making gates, logic circuits and related areas necessary for understanding the digital circuits and systems found in computers, transportation, entertainment devices and many other areas of our lives. This course is the part of the many 5 Credit Technology Sequences and is strongly recommended for students interested in the Principles of Engineering, transportation, architecture, engineering and communications as well as those with an interest in robotics. Prerequisite: Electricity

    Introduction to Photoshop - Graphic Communication:  .5 Credit, MHS
    Students learn to use the Adobe Photoshop software program. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard in the field of graphic design and photo editing. This is a hands-on, project-oriented course in which students learn real world skills and produce professional quality images and documents. Students learn Adobe Photoshop basics such as the toolbox, palettes, menus, and the options bar. Students also learn graphic design concepts to create logos, postcards, magazine covers and more. There is no prerequisite for this course and it is open to students in grades 10-12.

    Production Systems (Fall) and Residential Structures (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS

    Production Systems/Residential Structures Course Video

    • Production Systems (Fall) is an introduction to the methods and materials utilized by the manufacturing and construction industries. Students will be introduced to these processes as they “mass produce” a class designed product. The students will also be introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies of residential and light construction, providing them with a broad view of many possible future careers.
    • Residential Structures (Spring) will introduce the student to the many systems and skills involved in the construction of residential housing. Course content will introduce construction materials, architectural planning, construction finance and actual hands-on experience in the trades of framing, roofing, siding, plumbing, electrical, and drywall installation.

    Technical Drawing:  .5 Credit, MHS  
    Technical Drawing will introduce the student to the language designers, engineers and architects use to describe their ideas. The course will employ a problem-solving approach to increase the student’s ability to visualize and describe objects through two and three view drawings. This course is recommended for students interested in CAD, Principles of Engineering, Architectural Drawing, but who have NOT taken Design and Drawing for Production. This course may be used to partially fulfill the 1 credit requirement for a technology sequence.

    Transportation Systems:  .5 Credit, MHS
    Transportation Systems is an overview of the aerospace, marine and land transportation systems with an emphasis on the tremendous daily benefit they provide. Students will be introduced to a variety of tools and equipment through hands-on design projects as they explore the three categories of transportation (ex. design and build a scaled down dragster, design and build a scaled down boat hull). During this course students will be introduced to careers in the transportation industry with each area of study as well as history and landmark events that have taken place. Through use of the Systems Model, similar to the scientific method, students will be introduced to a method of problem solving appropriate to transportation systems. Transportation systems is highly recommended as background for advanced transportation course work and is required for students seeking a five-credit technology sequence (Transportation Cluster).

    Video Game Design:  1 Credit, MHS

    Video Game Design Course Video

    This full-year high school elective will afford students the opportunity to learn computer gaming and programming in a 3D, object-oriented environment utilizing Unreal Development Kit software. The course will integrate business concepts including marketing, consumer research, critical problem-solving, collaboration and management to complement acquired technical skills.

    Video Production I (Fall) and Video Production II (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS
    NOT offered in 2022-2023

    • Video Production I (Fall) will introduce students to the rapidly expanding field of video production technology and related career opportunities. Classroom instruction will include discussions concerning the planning and comprehensive script writing that must be done before a video production can be made. We will use digital cameras, electronic editing techniques and methods for image transfer to electronic storage media. The motivated student will achieve the most success because a significant amount of work is done outside of the classroom. A diverse variety of assignments is included to challenge students to complete high quality productions.
    • Video Production II (Spring) will expand upon skills introduced in Video Production I. Students will devote more attention to script writing and pre-production planning, including filming locations and other logistical concerns. Camera techniques will be examined and will include various shooting angles, multi-camera usage and mobile cameras. Students will achieve a higher standard of editing techniques intended to improve the quality and appeal of their productions. These will include, but are not limited to, wipes, dissolves and special effects as they are used in television, commercial productions and motion picture production.

     


  • COLLEGE TECHNOLOGY COURSE INFO

    The Technology Department at Massapequa High School offers 10th, 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to earn college level credits through the Farmingdale University in High School program and 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to earn college level credits through Hofstra University. Upon successful completion of a course in which all attendance and grade requirements have been met, students will receive college credit from SUNY Farmingdale or Hofstra University and will also receive Massapequa High School credit.

    Farmingdale University in the High School Program

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    COLLEGE TECHNOLOGY COURSES

    Computer Aided Design I (Fall) and College Computer Aided Design II (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, SUNY Farmingdale

    • Computer Aided Design (Fall) is a required area of study for all students entering the fields of design, engineering, architecture, and their related disciplines. This introductory course will expose the student to the latest software programs currently used for designing, drawing and reproducing technical drawings. This course is highly recommended for students considering careers in engineering, design concepts, architecture, interior design or drafting.
    • College Computer Aided Design (Spring) is an advanced course that will allow students to fully explore the capabilities of CAD. Student activities will encompass individual design projects utilizing 3D drawings and isometric views, permitting the student’s individual career and future educational interest to be investigated. Students have the option of applying for 3 college credits through Farmingdale State College’s University in High School program. Prerequisite: CAD I

    College Computer Aided Design III:  .5 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, SUNY Farmingdale
    NOT offered in 2022-2023

    An advanced course, allowing students who have completed CAD I and CAD II or Video Game Design the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in computer aided design. All phases of engineering graphics, mechanical design and architectural design will be explored. Students will study and produce drawings with 3D views, computer assisted rendering and shading. Students will maintain a portfolio of the graphic representations for future college and job applications. Prerequisite: College CAD II or Video Game Design.

    College Engineering Methods:  1 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, Hofstra University

    College Engineering Methods Course Video

    In this Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) course students study, design, build and test electro-mechanical systems. Junior and Senior students will learn computer programing in MATLAB and then use the software to solve authentic engineering problems.  This course includes "hands on" studio exercises where students work in teams to build electro-mechanical systems. Students will use mathematical equations, apply engineering principles and use MATLAB software to study the systems and predict system performance.

    This course is a required freshman course for all Hofstra engineering students.  Most engineering programs at other colleges require a similar course integrating MATLAB software as a computational tool for solving engineering problems as a first year course.  Students interested in college credit must apply to Hofstra and pay a fee. Upon successful completion, students will be granted 3 credits.  This course meets for one period daily. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Physics

    College Principles of Engineering:  1 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, SUNY Farmingdale

    College Principles of Engineering Course Video

    What is an engineer? How does an engineer solve design problems? Principles of Engineering will, by means of hands-on activities, provide students with answers to these questions. Utilizing “real world” case studies, students will be introduced to the principles, skills and techniques applied by those in the field of engineering. Students will examine the dynamics of kinetic energy, loads, and the methods of distributing forces in ways that allow us to build functional and useful buildings, bridges and vehicles. Students will be introduced to the study of material science and will learn how different materials respond to loads and stresses as they provide solutions to engineering problems. Additional topics will include the structure of airfoils used in modern aircraft, robotics, alternative energy fuels and truss design and construction. Students have the option of applying for 3 college credits through Farmingdale State College’s University in High School program.

    College Robotics:  1 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits, SUNY Farmingdale

    College Robotics Course Video

    In this exciting, hands-on course, students work in teams where they design, build, and drive robots to perform specific goals and compete in games. This course uses competitions and games creating an exciting, and social learning environment. The topics covered include robot construction using tools, and robotic programming both with and without sensors. As an added bonus, all students can earn 3 college credits.

     Digital Photography (Fall) and College Digital Photography (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS; optional 3 College Credits from SUNY Farmingdale

    Digital Photography Course Video

    • Digital Photography (Fall) provides students with the opportunity to learn basic photographic skills and practices as defined by the age of digital electronics. The digital photography students will learn the historical connections to earlier photographic methods and will be introduced to the photographic elements of camera handling, camera operation, photographic composition and lighting. After shooting, they will download their raw pictures to a digital photo-editing program where the students will learn to use software to touch up, resize and do basic image manipulation before printing their pictures.
    • College Digital Photography (Spring) is the intermediate digital photography course that allows students to build on the photographic skills and concepts introduced in Digital Photography I. Greater emphasis will be placed on the students’ use of shutter and aperture priorities and ISO settings during the process of picture taking. They will become more acquainted with action and sports photography techniques as well as advanced studio lighting, portraiture and night photography. Photos will be downloaded to state-of-the-art editing software that will enable students to generate and print higher quality images. Students have the option of applying for 3 college credits through Farmingdale State College's University in High School program. Prerequisite: Digital Photography