Concentration Through Routes
The Technology Education Department offers a learning program for students using educational pathways. Pathways allow students the opportunity to develop a focus over their high school tenure in an area of personal interest. Technology Education at MHS focuses on "Design Thinking", a methodology/process for investigating ill-defined problems, acquiring information, analyzing knowledge, prototyping ideas and positing solutions. Tech-Ed teachers mentor students through the design process, using their expertise to model effective habits and dispositions. With each experience, learners are provided the chance to apply problem-solving skills and continually reflect upon the design continuum.
Engineering and Design
The Engineering and Design pathway embraces the DIY movement. The DIY or Maker Movement refers to a new category of builders who are using open-source methods and the latest technology to bring manufacturing out of its traditional factory context, and into the realm of the personal desktop computer. Ubiquitous access and the ability to connect has made it possible for anyone to be a builder and to manufacture with the push of a button. Courses offered in The Engineering and Design route will introduce students to digital desktop tools such as (AutoCAD, various parametric modeling softwares’). Used in conjunction with 3-D Printers, CNC machines , Laser Cutters and 3D Scanners, these digital tools will afford learners opportunities to create and prototype designs for new products. The use of common design file standards that allow anyone, if they desire, to send their designs to commercial manufacturing services to be produced in any number, just as easily as they can fabricate them on their desktop. Throughout the Engineering and Design sequence students will share designs and collaborate with others in online communities.
Communication and Media Studies
The Communication / Media Studies pathway at Morristown High School brings together the study and creation of media products. Classes will allow students to integrate studies in media history, theory, research and management with production work in film, audio, video, and digital media. Students will leverage the tools of the Digital Age to present compelling arguments, address complex questions and build enduring learning networks. The Communication/Media Studies pathway is anchored by an evolving vision for what it means to be literate in the 21st Century. Courses are structured to develop Information, Media and Visual Literacy skills so that learners act as both critically consumers of media and producers of relevant public artifacts. The clusters of courses constituting the Communication / Media Studies pathway will mirror the work of professionals in the fields of media and communications. Students will become proficient in Final Cut Pro, Aperture and Adobe’s Creative Suite.