The Applied Technology Program immerses students in Project-Based Learning that focuses on a STEAM curriculum and incorporates the International Society for Technology (ISTE) Standards for Students. STEAM represents Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Project-Based Learning encourages problem-solving, critical thinking, reasoning, creativity, innovation, flexibility, adaptive thinking, collaboration, and communication. Students focus on using technology in creative ways that demonstrate competency in their learning goals across the curriculum.
Students are encouraged to pursue their passion. Students are given projects that they can work on independently, in pairs, small groups, or as an entire class depending on their learning style and the social dynamics of the classroom. The classroom size is small and personalized that promotes a nurturing learning environment. In addition, students have Exploratory Tech Time that also allows them the autonomy, tools, and support to become empowered learners and innovative designers.
With the wide variety of cutting-edge technology available at the Applied Technology Center, students become computational thinkers who identify and solve problems by creating new, useful, or imaginative solutions to real world problems. Students have access to industry standard software programs that include the full Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects and more), game designing software (Unity and Unreal Engine), user friendly online programs (that include but are not limited to: TinkerCad, Scratch, and Code.org), and all of the hardware and tools needed to constructively invent. Finally, teachers, students, and instructors coordinate and collaborate in the visual and performing arts by engaging students in creative processes with technical talents and interests.
The primary fields of study at the Applied Technology Center are:
Digital Video Production
360 Video and Photo Production
3D Design and Printing
Animation and Motion Graphics
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Video Game and App Design