Mechatronics & Robotics

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MECHATRONICS & ROBOTICS PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Successful completers of this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based, 2-year program will gain foundational knowledge and skills in the high-demand, multidisciplinary area of mechatronics. “Mechatronics” comes from combining the words mechanical and electronics, though it actually also includes computercontrols.

Mechatronics integrates principles from four engineering disciplines: electrical, mechanical, computer, and industrial. Thus, students will learn about robots, machines, electronics, hydraulics & pneumatics, electrical motor controls, sensors, computer-aided design (CAD), programming, programmable logic controls (PLC), diagnostics, computer numeric control (CNC), and other topics that together form the basis of "smart" devices used in robotics and advanced automated systems. This important knowledge is needed not only by highly skilled technicians who help install, program, trouble-shoot and fix problems, but also by engineers who plan, design, develop, or otherwise work with complex mechatronic systems.

Mechatronics Brochure (taught at Dakota)

Courses:
9515/9516 MECHATRONICS & ROBOTICS 1A/1B (2 HR) Gr 10-12 1.0/1.0 credit Prerequisites: An interest in hands-on learning and the interface between humans, machines and technology.
Within a state-of-the-art lab, students will begin the journey into learning the various disciplines (see above overview) involved in mechatronics. Underlying theory and principles will gradually come together, and come to life, through a combination of learning strategies including: hands-on learning, computer-based lessons, use of high tech trainers and equipment, industry experts and site visits, and (perhaps most importantly), periodic, student-created projects that apply learning and allow students to develop novel solutions to challenges. Students can expect to improve their understanding of many physics principles that are naturally embedded in mechatronics. In addition to appropriate STEM knowledge and skills, 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, creative problem-solving and effective communication will be developed. Opportunities for student leadership, participation in competitions, and work-based learning experiences, will also be woven in throughout.
This course has been approved to meet the MMC senior year math-related credit requirement and VPAA credit.
9517/9518 MECHATRONICS & ROBOTICS 2A/2B (2 HR) Gr 12 1.0/1.0 credit Prerequisites: Mechatronics & Robotics 1A/1B.
In the second year, students will incorporate and build upon their knowledge of mechatronics learned in the first year through more complex, project based application. Additional opportunity for work-based learning, student leadership, and competition will be incorporated. (See Mechatronics & Robotics overview at top of page and description for Mechatronics 1A/1B for details about mechatronics content.) This is a seamless continuation of Mechatronics 1A/1B. This course will incorporate a capstone experience or project which will be shared.
This course has been approved to meet the MMC senior year math-related credit requirement and VPAA credit.
9245/9246 MECHATRONICS & ROBOTICS INTERNSHIP 1/2 (2 hr/2 cr)
9247/9248 MECHATRONICS & ROBOTICS INTERNSHIP 1A/1B (1 hr/1 cr) Prerequisite/Recommendation: One semester of Mechatronics course/teacher recommendation and must be concurrently enrolled in one Mechatronics related course each semester.
This course provides the opportunity for senior-level students to gain a paid “on-the-job” work experience in the career area of their choice. An Individual Educational Training Plan and Training Agreement are developed for each student-trainee detailing his/her specific learning activities. This course may be taken for one or two hours. Student wages are equivalent to those earned by other trainees in that particular occupattion. Note: A student who chooses the Internship course for either one or two hours is expected to meet 200 hours of work per semester.
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.
Articulation Agreement: Eligible students could qualify for tuition-free (articulated) college credits.  For more information, visit the following website: 
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Sample 4 Year Plan Chippewa Valley High School
Sample 4 Year Plan Dakota High School 

State sponsored post-secondary training opportunity:

As a result of strong demand for mechatronics professionals, the State of Michigan offers a program called MAT2 (Michigan Advanced Technician Training) that provides FREE tuition and paid employment to qualified applicants accepted into the post high school training program. Students successfully completing CVS’s Mechatronics & Robotics program will be ideal candidates for this opportunity.

To learn more, go to: MAT2 Information Site