What do remote controls, mobile devices, light and sound-activated toys, appliances, security systems, 3-D printers, drones, automobiles and robots have in common? They are all part of the exciting world of electronics! Perhaps nothing is more representative of modern technological culture than electronic devices, but how do these often mysterious items really work? Fundamentally, electronics is the study of electrons: tiny particles within atoms that cycle around defined paths to deliver electric currents. These currents work with circuits to process signals that power many of the everyday—and not so everyday—things that you love. Electronics are everywhere and technical competency in this area can lead to many fascinating and high demand career opportunities. Sound interesting? Join us for the study of electronics which will offer you many fascinating, hands-on experiences and projects along the way.
9521 / 9522  ELECTRONICS   1A/1B    (1 HR)                    .50/.50          Grades 9-12
Prerequisite:  None.    Electronics is highly recommended (though not required) as a prerequisite to Mechatronics & Robotics.
This one hour, one-year program of study will provide students with an understanding of electronics that is the foundation for a wide variety of high demand occupations related to advanced manufacturing, engineering, design, and information technology. Electronics is the foundation used to design and operate microchips which are integral components in smartphones, computers, automated machines and robots. As students study electronics, they will be integrating STEM (applying science, technology, engineering principles, and math concepts) in engaging, hands-on projects. Many students who struggle with math theory, may find the “light bulb” turn on in Electronics; both literally and figuratively. This course will help students discover the answers to “How do everyday devices operate and interconnect to other equipment?” The content of the course is drawn from the state of Michigan’s 12 segments of study for electronics, as well as from the Electronics textbook/online curriculum (Earl Gates, 6th edition) which includes these essential topics: AC/DC – electrical fundamentals; related math formulas; safety and OSHA regulations; tools, fasteners and equipment (electrical test and measurement equipment); power supplies and meters; cabling and soldering; conductors, motors and logic controllers.  Students will also learn about prototype design; use Arduino microcontrollers to build and connect digital devices that can sense and control objects in the physical world; and learn to use cell phone apps to connect various devices. Electronics provides relevant, engaging ways to apply critical thinking and problem solving, and integrate information technology software. Electronics is an extremely helpful pre-course to the study of Mechatronics and Robotics, which is a closely related, but more interdisciplinary field of study.
Math related credit may be earned for the fourth year graduation requirement if taken as a senior.
World Language Credit: Students may replace one credit of World Language with one credit of CTE when CTE is taken as a second semester (or additional) VPAA credit.
These CTE courses may fulfill the one credit of Visual, Performing, Applied Arts (VPAA) graduation requirement. (Two .5 or one 1.00 CTE courses are required for the successful completion to meet this requirement.)