Introduction to Technology – Part I
Students will participate in technology education for 20 weeks (either from Sept. to Jan. or Jan. to June). Units of study for the 6th grade course include the following:
Computer Labs – 10 weeks
File structure, Respectful use of school computers, Google Apps, Google Mail, Wiki Spaces
Including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher
Effective internet searches, Website evaluation, Digital Citizenship, and Web 2.0
Technology Labs – 10 weeks
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Students learn to visualize products in both 2D and 3D which will be created in computer software for production.
Students manipulate materials to create the project they designed in CAD. Emphasis is placed on tool & machine use/safety. Students learn measurement, layout techniques, and learn to follow technical directions
Paxton Patterson Modules
Flight Technology Module – This module starts with the history of flight and covers everything to present-day and future space exploration. Students build their own air-powered rockets while they explore aerodynamics, lift, thrust, drag, Newton’s laws, and how they affect man-made air & spacecraft.