Technology Education

Welcome to Tech Ed: Below are descriptions of all courses offered.


Technology Education Graduation Credits and Advanced Tech Courses

Technology Education is a STEM based program with the vision to inspire, engage, and prepare our next generation to be inventors, explorers, and innovators who will lead U.S. achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Technology Education emphasizes a systematic approach to problem solving, utilizing computer simulations, prototype development, and Socratic learning strategies to solve of engineering challenges. It results in the application of mathematics and science concepts to technological systems in areas such as, but not limited to: construction, manufacturing, communications, transportation, biotechnology, and power and energy.

Engineering the application of science to the needs of humanity. Professional practitioners of engineering are called engineers.

High School Technology Education Graduation Credit Course Options: The following two courses (I EPA: Honors, Engineering Technology GT) satisfy state Tech Ed Requirements at Hereford .

Honors - Engineering Principles and Applications (Engineering Principles: Honors, EPA: Honors) ID:5535004  (64 =a/b)

Intended Audience Grade 10 (All 10th grade students not planning on taking GT Physics & GT Engineering Tech)

Honors Engineering Principles and Applications (EPA) is designed for the 10th grade student, as it correlates with honors Chemistry and / or Geometry. EPA promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based initiatives to help students make real world connections in math and science.

EPA imbeds engineering challenges requiring students to create a prototype heart lung machine, composite truss bridge, and mouse trap vehicle, as well as completing topic investigations in biomimicry and engineering disaster case studies.  The solutions to these problems emphasize the core technologies (Materials, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic, Structural, Optical, Fluid, Thermal and Biotechnical), various physical science concept and appropriate mathematical applications (area, volume, ratio and proportion, trigonometric functions, etc).


GT- Engineering Tech GT (Engineering Tech GT,) ID:5535005

Intended Audience : Grades 11-12 (highly recommended: Algebra II, and Physics)

Course Overview: The GT Engineering Concepts is designed for the 11th or 12th grade GT student as it correlates with Physics, Trigonometry and Calculus. The course focuses on enquiry based learning through lab activities, computer simulations, and engineering challenges. Areas of focus include design, electronics, robotics, c-base computer programming, mechanical engineering, optics, and civil engineering.

Major projects = Computer Aided Design, Robotics (design, build & program a robot), Telescope design, structures challenge and Fluids

Advanced Technology Education Courses

GT- Engineering Tech GT (Engineering Principles: GT, EPA: GT) ID:5535005

Intended Audience : Grades 11-12 (highly recommended: Algebra II, and Physics)

Course Overview: GT Engineering Tech is in conjunction with Physics. The course promotes STEM based initiatives by presenting  hands on engineering challenges to apply concepts studied in class and physics. Areas of focus include design, electronics, robotics, optics, thermal dynamics and structural engineering. Students will work on larger scale projects, including robotics, to create synergy between areas studied (robotics = electronics & mechanics,) There will be opportunities to complete in county and state wide engineering competitions.

High School Advanced Technology Education Course Options:

Advanced Design Applications ID:5536000

Intended Audience; Grades 10-12 (Honors Engineering Principles and Apps - highly recommended)

Overview: A hands on engineering technology class, Advanced Design Applications (ADA)  emphasizes a systematic approach to a large scale design challenge. Students investigate ‘Off the Grid House’ design to create the connections between the engineering disciplines of Manufacturing, Energy and Power, Construction and Transportation. Students design & construct a ’too scale’ prototype house based powered by photovoltaic panels. Beginning Fall 2014 students will be introduced to Remotely piloted vehicles (DRONE) technology. Recommended for students interested in Architecture, CAD, design, ’green’ energy, and construction


Advanced Technological Applications ID:5535000

Intended Audience; Grades 10-12 (Pre-requisite: Honors Engineering Principles and Apps - highly recommended)

Overview: Advanced Technological Applications (ATA) is recommended for students interested in Video Information technology, Digital Manufacturing, design and graphics. ATA focuses on current, and future, impacts of Information Technologies on how we live and learn. Computer Aided Design software is used to create design solutions to Bio-related , Medical, and Recreation issues. Independent projects encourage students to experience architecture, video production, and WEB 2.0 trends. Extensive use of 3D printer as well as traditional manufacturing techniques are used in rapid prototyping of working models.


Engineering Design and Research ID:5585005 GT 5585004 Honor

Intended Audience: Grades 10-12 (Honors or GT Engineering Principles and Applications highly recommended)

Overview: Engineering Design allows motivated students to work independently in less structured educational settings. Student teams apply engineering design, management principles and strategy to construct, drive, and race battery powered electric cars.  The completed car will be entered into in a regional competition with the chance to compete in a national the Global Electric Grand Prix championships.

This course maintains a focus on how engineers apply their creativity, resourcefulness and technical skills in the creation or refinement of technological products/systems.


Broadcasting Engineering Technology (TV and Radio)5515104 Elective Credit

Grades 10-12 (Pre-requisite: Advanced Technical Applications highly recommended)

Students study 21st century communication and television broadcast technologies. Students experience all phases of television production, including script writing, set layout, camera technology, video composition, radio, internet, and wifi broadcasting, to create and produce the morning announcements. This is a student centered production class allowing students to operate an ‘in-school television station’ and an ‘online radio station’. This course will maintain a focus in students applying their creativity, resourcefulness, mathematical, scientific, and technical knowledge and skills in the creation of informative videos. A key approach will be the employment of sequential, design and development process to produce morning announcements and in-school communications.


HEREFORD NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY - Students interested in Engineering, or technical related fields are encouraged to join.

  • Open to all 9th – 12th grade students

  • Meets during enrichment and after school Wednesdays

  • Geared toward students interested in Engineering & technical fields

  • Compete in state, national, & international competitions the following areas