Practical Arts

Design Technology


A human being is by nature an engineer and inventor.

In the Design Technology program, students learn the process of inventing, designing, and building through hands‑on projects.

The goals of the Design Tech program can be divided into three main categories:

Hands‑On Learning
Whether soldering a circuit board, welding two pieces of steel together, or sawing a board with a Japanese saw, learning to use tools is a process achieved only through hands‑on practice.


Minds‑On Projects
Learning hands‑on skills is often best accomplished within the context of a particular project or design challenge. Through a structured design process, students learn
to problem‑solve, brainstorm, research, and analyze various ideas. Students have the opportunity to develop their tool and design skills in a wide variety of projects from woodcarving, furniture making, jewelry making, and metal fabrication to engineering, architectural design, and renewable energy.

Technology, Energy and the Environment
Energy and power are essential requirements of modern technology. Students in Design Technology will investigate the interrelationship between energy, technology, and the environment as they design technologies for a sustainable future.


Life Skills and Health

The purpose of the Life Skills Health Department is to develop life skills necessary to establish and maintain a positive family environment. Within that realm Life Skills and Health topics include:

  • food preparation and nutrition
  • consumer and resource management
  • financial budgeting
  • career planning and job skills
  • child care and child development
  • sewing and textile care
  • healthy choices and decision‑making
  • community and family relationships