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Design Build

*Design Build is a half-day pathway and does not require any previous experience.  Click here to request Design Build in your '22-'23 class schedule.

Ever wonder how cities are planned, parks and communities are designed, and buildings are built?  Explore the wonders of built environments and the natural world in the Design Build pathway at Futures Lab! 

Learners will focus on the fundamentals of design theory, architectural hand-drafting skills, and proper safety precautions.  After learning how to conceptualize and design small buildings and parks, they'll research how to build them!  Students will take field trips to construction sites and design firm studios to help inform their own builds.  

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Introduction to Drafting & Design A

Credits:
5
Course Description

This course introduces students to basic architectural drafting techniques. Topics explored in lecture and through project work include: use of instruments, geometric construction, multiview, oblique and isometric projections, and basic construction drawings.

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Principles of Construction

Credits:
5
Course Description

After diving into the design process during Q3, learners will learn the essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required to build their unique designs. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to employ tools safely and interpret construction drawings to complete projects demonstrating proper measurement and application of mathematical concepts. Standards in this course also include an overview of the construction industry and an introduction to building systems and materials.

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Construction Technology

Credits:
5
Course Description

This is the foundation course to basic residential construction. Students will demonstrate competencies that are nationally recognized by the construction industry. Students will learn and practice structural framing of floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs. This course also includes the use of basic construction tools and machinery, applied math, and an introduction to blueprint reading. This course teaches students industry safety including the use of all machines and  tools.

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Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Systems

Credits:
5
Course Description

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems prepares students for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC careers by introducing students to the physical principles of these systems and the fundamental skills needed to work with them. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to follow safety procedures and use tools to perform basic operations with electrical circuits, as well as demonstrate understanding in fundamental concepts of electricity theory (i.e. Ohm's Law). Students will be able to apply proper tools and procedures to perform basic operations with plastic piping, including measuring, cutting, and joining pipe. Furthermore, students will be able to apply mathematics concepts to solve HVAC, electrical, and plumbing problems. This course is intended to provide an introduction and lay a solid foundation for those students entering the construction or craft skilled areas. The course provides a strong knowledge of construction safety, construction mathematics, and common hand and power tools. This course also provides communication and occupation skills to assist the student in obtaining and maintaining employment.

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Futures Lab Seminar

Credits:
5
Course Description

Come get unschooled. Let your curiosity and imagination guide your learning journey as you develop skills and mindsets necessary to build a better world.

Through engaging, relevant, and authentic projects, students will hone workforce readiness and professional skills, by working on dynamic and collaborative teams. Entrepreneurship and literacy are integrated through examination of personal strengths and areas of growth via investigation into the topics of resilience, self-awareness, and communication. These areas have been identified through collaboration with industry partners and higher education professionals.  This course will provide 5 credits toward the Language Arts graduation requirement

This is a semester long course that will allow students to integrate literacy, entrepreneurship, and essential professional skills. Students will engage in units that will explore self-awareness, communication, and resilience throughout the course.  Within each of these units students will have the opportunity to analyze and create written pieces reflective of topics relevant to them.

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