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Our Philosophy and Courses
Technical design is a basic communication skill used by all technical fields. It is necessary for the creation of all technical items. The Technology Education Department at Central Dauphin feels that technical knowledge and understanding is an important general education requirement for ALL students since technology affects everyone and every aspect of life. It is closely tied to the math and science fields, as well as all other disciplines.For the students' CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) experience, we use AutoCAD for 2D drawing, SolidWorks and SketchUp for 3D drawing, SoftPlan or Revit for architectural applications, and Blender for 3D rendering and animation.Our students have a wide range of opportunities available to them in 2D and 3D design, computer animation, architecture, robotics, CNC machining, 3D printing and laser cutting, and computer game development.
Technical Design (CADD):
In Technical Design (CADD), students are introduced to drafting standards through hand drawing as well as 2D CADD early in the year. They continue to create 2D drawings throughout the year, while adding 3D CADD drawings and animations to their skill set.We also cover geometric construction, orthographic (multi-view) drawing, isometric drawing, sections, perspectives, and developments.The last quarter of the year is highlighted by group and independent projects where students have the opportunity to pursue a project of their choice in any drawing software area.
Robotics & 3D Modeling:
How does industry develop and test new products? How do we use computers to control machines and other devices? This class is developed for students planning to enter a technical or engineering career or those that just like computers and have an interest in "how do they do it?". Topics covered include a brief history of automation, careers in automation, portfolio development, 3D computer modeling, computer simulation, computer controlled manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics and presentations.
In Architectural Design, we create a complete set of working drawings for a ranch style house. Students work in teams to generate site plans, sectional views, floor plans with electrical symbols and furnishings, foundation plans, elevations, schedules and lists, and perspectives. Students can also create 3D animated walk-throughs or build models of their homes. We discuss planning considerations and structural calculations throughout the year.Game Design & 3D Animation:
We are well into the 21st century and the use of the computer as a tool for precise computer applications continues to evolve. Computer Animation (also known as Computer-Generated Imagery or CGI) utilizes 3D and 2D computer graphics in a variety of applications including films, advertisements and computer games. This course will examine the basics of 2D and 3D scene development, key frame animation, real-time animation, computer game logic and multimedia portfolios. Game Design & 3D Animation is specifically related to computer arts, graphic design, technical and architectural design, historical re-creation, computer game development, multimedia presentations, animated films and commercial advertising.
Drones & Flight:
Drones represent cutting-edge technology that has become a major factor in a large variety of global industries. This class teaches students the skills and knowledge to maintain, operate, and successfully utilize the power of drone technology and the theory of flight. Participation in this course will also prepare students to take the FAA Part 107 UAS Certification, Remote Airman's Certificate that is required for commercial use (certification is optional and not provided with the course). Simulated and/or real flight experience is a part of every unit.