Engineering and Technology

Computer Applications:

This course is one semester long. It is an in-depth look at using applications productively and efficiently.
Students spend the first nine weeks improving keyboarding skills; the goal is to reach 50 wpm with near-perfect accuracy. The rest of the course is devoted to: using the MS Office suite to create professional looking documents, powerful spreadsheets; filtering and harnessing Web 2.0 tools effectively to work, communicate, and connect with people via the web; and creating dynamic multimedia presentations using a variety of sources. All freshmen are required to take the course. (1 semester; 5 credit hours)

Computer Science:

This course is one semester long. It focuses on how computers work. Seventy five percent of the course focuses on coding literacy using different languages such as javaScript and Python. The rest of the course covers other fundamentals including hardware and software, networking, digital logic, and building literacy in coding. All sophomores are required to take the course. (1 semester; 5 credit hours)

HOnors Cyber Security Fundamentals:

This course will provide students an overview into the field of cyber security and computer networking. It will focus on several components of computer science, cyber security theory, and network security. Topics include cyber security policy, cyber security law, cyber security research, cyber operations, cyber terrorism, ethical hacking, protocols, cyber architecture, network security architecture, digital forensics, intrusion detection, malware, cloud computing, wireless security, and computer networking. Students will gain hands-on experience through virtual interdisciplinary labs, physical networking labs, and through exploratory trips to the Scott Data Center, the Yahoo! Data Center, the Omaha FBI Cyber Crime Lab, Gallup, and other local organizations. Students will also be provided the opportunity to be participating members of the after-school Mount Michael IT Club. (2 semesters, 3 credits per semester)

Digital Fraud Examination

This course provides an overview of the field of digital fraud examination and discusses techniques to prevent fraud. The content of this course will include fraud and financial investigation techniques and strategies, fraud deterrence tactics, digital forensics, and preparing investigations for civil and criminal litigation. Students will also gain experience in digital forensics software applications, cryptography, compliance, criminology, and crime causation theories. Simulated case studies based on actual fraud schemes/incidents will give students hands-on exposure to a variety of scams, including fraudulent financial reporting, money laundering, and employee theft. Students will acquire many of the professional skills necessary to detect and investigate fraud and white-collar crime, including interviewing techniques. Finally, students will explore proactive approaches designed to minimize or prevent fraud.

Architecture and Engineering:

This course is an introductory course in two- and three-dimensional drafting, isometric sketching and projections, computer-aided drafting, construction estimating, residential engineering, and model building. Students will have the opportunity to use the Autodesk program AutoCAD and use multiple materials to represent different construction methods. This course is recommended for anyone interested in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design and/or Construction. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester)

Residential Architecture and Engineering:

This is an architectural and engineering course considering both past and present types of construction. The student will have an opportunity to use the Autodesk program Revit for some assignments. The students will explore multiple design styles, engineering calculations and construction methods using math, science and engineering practices. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester) (Recommended B or better in all Math Courses) Prerequisite: Architecture and Engineering.

Commercial Architecture and Engineering

Through individual and collaborative team activities, projects and problems, students will learn important aspects of a commercial building along with site design and development. They will build upon their math, science, engineering calculations and technical representation skills from Residential Engineering to design a functional commercial project while documenting and communicating their ideas through Revit.  (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester) (Recommended B or better in all Math Courses) Prerequisite: Residential Engineering

Honors Engineering Design and Development

The capstone course in the Architecture and Engineering program combines all previously learned information and explores how to address problems from a professional perspective  Students will identify and document a problem, then research, design, and test possible solutions to the problem.  Students also have the option to explore further into construction practices identified in the Residential and Commercial courses. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester) (Recommended B or better in all Math Courses) Prerequisite: Architecture/Engineering, Residential Engineering, Commercial Engineering.

Students compete in roboticsIntroduction to Robotics:

This course is designed to introduce students to Robotics. Students will work as a team to design and implement a robotic solution to a given problem using the engineering design process. Students will be instructed on multiple methods for creating several different robotic subsystems including object manipulation, lift, and drivetrain as well as basic programming structures in the C language. (2 semesters, 2 credit hours per semester)

Advanced Robotics:

Students will participate as a team in the Vex Robotics Challenge competitions. Students will use the engineering design process to design and implement a robotic solution to the given problem for the purpose of robotics competitions. Students will be exposed to advanced drivetrain, lift, and object manipulation subsystems as well as advanced programming techniques to produce a competition-level robot. Students will be given significantly more autonomy than the Introduction to Robotics students. To be successful in Advanced Robotics, students will need to dedicate a significant portion of time (approximately 400-500 hours throughout the school year). (2 semesters, 3 credit hours per semester)