Students will begin their introduction to engineering, thinking, and planning in this course. We will begin with the concepts of design, progress through 3-view drawings, and then use these skills to create a 3-D drawing using Autodesk Inventor on the computer. You will expand your knowledge of simple machines as you design and build a Rube Goldberg machine that can transfer energy from one group to another. While studying motion, you will also design an air-powered wooden race car and a mag-lev vehicle. The class will culminate with racing the cars against each other and against time.

Technology Education is the application of math, science, and engineering principles to solve problems and extend human capabilities. The Technology Education department at Hopkins West delivers curriculum to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders through a Technology Lab, a Multi Purpose Lab, and a Processing Lab. We have a required  8th grade curriculum which incorporates Gateway PLTW and focuses on Design, Problem Solving, and Technology as they apply to our ever changing society. Our 9th grade is a comprhensive elective program with ten 9 week courses.