Courses Offered in Technological Education:
The Grade 9 Integrated Technology Program
This program offers students the opportunity to understand the technology and computer concepts that are needed to design, develop, and build usable products as well as deliver services. The hands on approach here at Collegiate allows and enables students to make educated choices when they consider future career paths and continue with their technological studies.
The following describes an overview of all the Technology Courses taught in grade 10 at St. Catharines Collegiate. Our senior courses in grades 11 and 12 will give the students further skills and knowledge in each of our programs. These courses will lead to school to work and also post-secondary education.
Communications – Digital Photography
The photography course is designed to introduce the student to digital photography as a form of artistic expression. It will entail learning and understanding digital photographic techniques and processes. Creative and innovative techniques for using the camera will also be explored focussing on the elements and principles of design. The student will also be exposed to the creative possibilities of post-production using Photoshop CS6 . Students will be encouraged to develop their critical skills when viewing their own and the work of their peers and others.
Communications – Graphic Design and Animation
This course introduces students to communications technology from a media perspective. Students will work in the areas of print and graphic communications, photography, and interactive new media and computer animation. Student projects may include computer-based activities such as designing logos, editing photos, working with audio, cartooning, developing animations, and designing web pages. Students will also develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to communications technology, and will explore secondary and postsecondary education and training pathways and career opportunities in the various communications technology fields.
Communications - TV/Video
This course examines the codes and conventions utilized in film and television production. Students will investigate how film constructs reality as well as its impact on society. An analysis of current trends in television and its expansion into alternative forms of media such as the internet will demonstrate the far reaching impact of this form of communication. Deconstruction of media texts and an advanced understanding of visual grammar, the production process, and editing techniques will enable students to create their own product to demonstrate understanding and effectively use the medium as their own form of communication. Students will apply appropriate methods of problem solving, working as individuals and in groups, to investigate, analyze, and create media.
This course introduces students to computer systems, networking, and interfacing, as well as electronics and robotics. Students will assemble, repair, and configure computers with various types of operating systems and application software. Students will build small electronic circuits and write computer programs to control simple peripheral devices or robots. Students will also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will learn about secondary and post secondary pathways and career opportunities in computer technology.
This course introduces students to building materials and processes through opportunities to design and build various construction projects. Students will learn to create and read working drawings; become familiar with common construction materials, components, and processes; and perform a variety of fabrication, assembly, and finishing operations. They will use a variety of hand and power tools and apply knowledge of imperial and metric systems of measurement, as appropriate. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to construction technology, and will explore secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the industry.
Hairstyling and Aesthetics
This exploratory course introduces students to concepts and skills related to hairstyling and aesthetics, including hair, nail, and skin care applications. Students will develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the field.
Horticulture and Landscaping
Working in indoor and outdoor greenhouse facilities, students will learn the practical and retail business of horticulture production. Seasonal offsite landscaping services will also be provided.
This course provides students with opportunities to explore different areas of hospitality and tourism, as reflected in the various sectors of the tourism industry, with an emphasis on food service. Students will study culinary techniques of food handling and preparation, health and safety standards, the use of tools and equipment, the origins of foods, and event planning, and will learn about tourism attractions across Ontario. Students will develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will explore secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the tourism industry.
Catering, Cake Decorating and Restaurant Prep is also offered. Students will provide full on and off-site catering services and restaurant preparation.
This course introduces students to the manufacturing industry by giving them an opportunity to design and fabricate products using a variety of processes, tools, and equipment. Students will learn about technical drawing, properties and preparation of materials, and manufacturing techniques. Student projects may include a robotic challenge, a design challenge, or a fabrication project involving processes such as machining, welding, vacuum forming, or injection moulding. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to manufacturing, and will learn about secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the industry.
Small Engine Repair and Automotive Detail
Thanks in part to our corporate sponsor; Yamaha Corporation students will learn the basics of servicing and repairing lawn mowers, motorcycles, snowmobiles and tractors. Full auto detailing and computerized diagnostic repair are included in these courses.
Technological design education focuses on the practical application of the principles of design, engineering, and architecture to promote solutions to challenges in communications, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, and architecture. Students will develop the analytic skills required to determine user needs, to generate many solutions, and to select the most suitable one. They will also acquire the communication skills needed to present the solution in the form of technical drawings, models, reports, and displays; the technical skills required to perform engineering and scientific tests and analyses; and the evaluation skills needed to compare the chosen solution to the original problem.
This course introduces students to the service and maintenance of vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft. Students will develop knowledge and skills related to the construction and operation of vehicle/craft systems and learn maintenance and repair techniques. Student projects may include the construction of a self-propelled vehicle or craft, engine service, tire/wheel service, electrical/battery service, and proper body care. Students will develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will explore secondary and post-secondary pathways leading to careers in the transportation industry.