Available to: all grade 9 and 10 students

Schedule: one semester

Special Notes: This course does not count towards the diploma requirement for the Science department. Students taking this course must concurrently be enrolled in a year of traditional science or have successfully completed three years of traditional science.

Digital Fabrication 1 introduces students to many of the skills needed to take an idea and turn it into a hands-on project.  Students will be introduced to CAD (computer-aided design) modeling, then will learn how to turn those models into actual parts using 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC (computer numerical control) machines.  Students will also be introduced to hands-on skills, learning how to work with metals, woods, and composites.  The fundamentals of designing circuits with a wide variety of electronic components and sensors will be taught.  Students will then learn how to create code to manipulate and control those circuits.  Engineering ethics and critical thinking skills will also be introduced.  No previous experience with digital fabrication is required to take this course.