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Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School
Practical and Applied Arts (PAA)

​Applied Technology

Applied Technolog​y classes are an excellent experience for students who are considering a career in the trades, industry, engineering, or architecture.  Even if you are not planning for one of these careers, Applied Technology can be a fun and interesting experience, exposing students to new and different activities from the regular classroom. Explore the possibilities - knowledge is power.​

PAA 09 Robotics and Woodworking

In the robotics unit, students will learn a programming language called BASIC that will enable them to create instructions that will result in a series of movements. Students will begin by learning simple tasks, such as breadboarding electronic components, and eventually will acquire the ability to program their robot to dance and then navigate through a townsite. In the woodworking unit, students will learn to use hand tools and stationary power tools. These skills will allow them to construct a birdhouse and to design and make a CNC routered wood sign.​

PAA B10 - Design and Fabrication â€‹

*No Pre-requisite Required*

This beginner course is ideal for students who plan to pursue a career in engineering, architecture, or the trades.  Students will learn valuable skills in design, problem solving, reading and creating drawings, and 3D modeling. The course introduces CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM design software including AutoCAD, teaching students the fundamentals of 2D and 3D CAD drawings.  Areas of study include drafting, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, and 3D printing. Projects for this class include a medieval lantern made from sheet metal, woodcarvings, an edge-lit acrylic sign, and 3D printing projects.  

PAA B20 - Design and Fabrication

*Pre-requisite - PAA B10 Design and Fabrication*

This intermediate course is ideal for students who plan to pursue a career in engineering, architecture, or the trades. This course develops knowledge and skills of CAD and CAM design software. Students will develop skills in design and problem solving creating a 3D model bridge and load testing it. The course also develops practical skills for constructing, measuring, and shaping using a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and plastics.  Conventional woodworking and metalworking tools are used to construct multi-discipline projects.  Students will be introduced to MIG welding and learn basic welding processes.  CNC machines are used in the construction of projects and include the CNC plasma cutter, CNC router, and CNC 3D printers.  Projects for this course include a 3D printer engineering project, crokinole board, and a custom metal patio table. 

PAA B30 - Design and Fabrication​

*Pre-requisite - PAA B20 Design and Fabrication*

This advanced course further develops knowledge and skills using CAD and CAM design software and processes.  Projects provide the basis for advanced learning using woodworking, welding, and metalworking skills and procedures. Students learn transferable skills like time management, reading working drawings, and cooperative work skills to complete advanced projects. Projects vary based on class size and student preference of projects.  Projects include a wood based project, metal project, and a 3D printing project.​