Santa Barbara Unified School District

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Engineering Technology

Introductory Courses

Concentrator Courses

In this first DPEA course, students will learn the fundamentals of engineering, physics, and visual arts in an integrated fashion. Learning will flow seamlessly between the three disciplines; students will acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in these fields through the process of bringing projects to completion. Some of the key areas of student learning will include drafting, computer-aided design (CAD), manufacturing, machining, color theory, principles of design, and computer programming.


In this second DPEA course, students will significantly build upon and reinforce skills acquired during the 9th grade year. The project-based experiences will become more challenging and student projects will be automated and programmed. Students will advance their knowledge of CAD, manufacturing, machining, principles of design, and computer programming. Students will also gain experience working with electronics and microcontrollers.


Capstone Courses

During their junior year, students will continue building on the knowledge that they have gained during their previous two years and the complexity and sophistication of the project-based experiences will increase substantially. Projects will incorporate mechanisms, sensors, and more complex electronics, and will require automated manufacturing processes. Students will become adept in CAD, manufacturing, machining, principles of design, and computer programming. Students will finish the year prepared for the design challenges they will encounter during their senior capstone project.


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