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Engineering and Technology Innovation

Housed in Linn Hall, our state-of-the-art STEAM building completed in 2016, the Grace Murray Hopper Innovation Lab is where students explore robotics, electronics, 3D printing, and computer programming, and delve into sectors that represent jobs of the future.

Engineering and Technology Innovation Courses

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  • Robotics I

    Robotics begins where engineering and computer science
    meet. In this course students will learn how to design and build
    their own robot. This project-based course will also develop
    problem solving skills through designing and testing robotic
    forms and code. Students will build robots from scratch using
    the Arduino microcontroller to learn concepts of circuitry,
    engineering, physics, and computer science. Additionally,
    students will learn and explore the criteria that separates robots
    from other machines. By the end of this project-based course
    students will be able to design and construct a robot to perform
    a specific task, present and share their results, and
    communicate their work.
    Grade Level: 9
    (1/2 credit; first or second semester)
    Note: Students in 9th grade take a semester of Electricity and
    Magnetism and a semester of Robotics I.
  • Introduction to Computer Science

    This one-semester course is designed to introduce the
    fundamentals of computer science and programming. While
    exploring languages such as java script and HTML, students
    will develop computational thinking skills to critically
    approach and solve problems. Further, course content will be
    applied to student-led projects promoting social awareness and
    curiosity about global issues.
    Prerequisite: Algebra I
    Grade Level: 10-12
    (1/2 credit; first semester)
  • Computers and Programming

    This one-semester course provides deeper understanding of the
    field of computer science by surveying key features of
    programming (including loops, conditionals, functions, and
    data handling). Students will be introduced to object-oriented
    programming languages such as C++, Java, and Python.
    Students will be assessed on their knowledge of programming
    languages and developing programs to address a topic or issue
    selected by the class. Additionally, students will explore the
    connections among computing, design, ethics, and societal
    needs.
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science
    Grade Level: 10-12
    (1/2 credit; second semester)
  • Engineering and Society

    This one-semester course explores the fundamentals of the
    engineering design process and its application to societal
    issues, ethics, and social responsibilities. Over the course of
    the semester, students will work collaboratively to model and
    develop technologies that address real world, local, regional,
    and global issues.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    (1/2 credit; first semester)
  • STEAM

    In this semester-long course, we will extend our knowledge on
    core concepts by exploring the intersection of these five
    disciplines; Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
    Drawing from the scientific practices, the engineering design
    process, mathematical problem solving, and the creative
    process, students will develop skills to apply their knowledge
    while creating, exploring, and developing technologies that
    enhance their understanding of the natural and human-made
    world.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    (1/2 credit; first or second semester)
  • Robotics II

    In this one-semester course, students will draw from their
    experience and knowledge from science and engineering
    courses to apply them to robotic design, programming, and
    ethics. Members of this course will engage in a combination
    of projects, instruction, and research to complete assigned
    work. This course will enable student teams to develop and
    implement solutions to presented challenges through
    engineering design and computer programming. Students will
    be assessed through their development of projects throughout
    the course by working with Lego Mindstorm and Tetrix
    systems.
    Prerequisite: Intro Physics: Robotics, Engineering and Society,
    or Introduction to Computer Science
    Grade Level: 10-12
    (1/2 credit; second semester)

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Department Faculty

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    Christopher Himes 

    Director of Engineering & Technology Innovation / STEAM Coordinator
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492 Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 443-6401

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