Welcome to the Technology Education Department. The WGSS Technology Education Department has one of the largest “Tech Ed” programs in the province and is accessible to all Walnut Grove students at any grade level. We offer many courses and programs for students that are looking for hands-on experiences to enhance their learning. Learn more about our programs with our feature videos here.
- Entry to Technology Education courses is determined by prerequisites or skill level.
- Grade 8 level courses are open to all grade 8 students.
- Level 1 courses (Grade 10 credit earned) are open for all Grade 9 or 10 students.
- Level 2 courses (Grade 11 credit earned) need the Level 1 prerequisite or can be taken by any Grade 11 or 12 Student
- Grade 12 courses (Grade 12 credit earned) must have the Level 2 prerequisite before enrolling. Multiple grade 12 courses in the same program can be taken simultaneously.
**All Technology Education Department courses use special Ministry of Education course codes, therefore the names of course codes may not match with what you see on your transcripts.
Content: Engineering 8 introduces students to the tools and materials needed to design and make solutions to real-world, technological problems. Students will be challenged with a variety of projects such as designing and shaping a functional slot car, and a spaghetti bridge project which is always a student favourite. Other aspects of the course includes several design and build challenges, different mediums of design – sketching, clay modelling and carving – as well as plastics fabrication. Engineering will be of interest to both boys and girls that enjoy working with their hands, problem solving, and trying new things.
Prerequisite: in Grade 9 or 10
Engineering Level 1 will help students develop technological literacy through the use of tools, materials, and technology. Students will be challenged with a variety of projects designed to foster an engineering approach to problem solving. 3D printers, laser cutters, vacuum formers, and Arduino are but a few of the technologies that will be used. Engineering Level 1 will be of interest to students that enjoy working on creative solutions to problem solving. Grade 9 and 10 students will be registered in Level 1. Students will be eligible to register for Engineering Level 2 in subsequent years.
Prerequisite: Engineering Level 1, or in Grade 11
This course is a continuation of Engineering Level 1. The Engineering Level 2 course will expand on concepts related to design, using different materials, tools, processes and technologies in product manufacturing. Major focuses of the course are an introduction to 2D Design leading into several projects such as a laser cut paintball catapult, gliders with a four-foot wingspan, VEX robotics and several design and build problems which are always a student favourite. The course is computer based and will involve the use of various software programs, such as AutoCAD, however, the course will continue to have a core focus of a hands-on building approach. Engineering Level 2 will be of interest to any students that want to develop and refine a design and engineering approach to finding solutions to real world issues and problems.
Prerequisite: Engineering Level 2, or in Grade 12
The Engineering 12 course is the culmination of the Engineering program at WGSS. Students will continue to be challenged with a variety of teacher and/or student directed projects. Major focuses of the course are on 2D and 3D design, 3D printing, Laser cutting, CNC engraving, VEX robotics, and several design and build problems which are always a student favourite. Projects will involve the use of various software programs, including AutoCAD and Inventor. Projects and design problems will include designing, laser cutting and 3D printing a robotic excavator arm, a VEX robotics challenge and building a laser cut safe/lock box with a functional lock. Engineering 12 will be of interest to any students that may want to pursue post-secondary education for careers such as, engineers and industrial designers and technologists. Please note that some universities (e.g. SFU) accept Engineering 12 as an academic course. Check specific university admissions department to be sure this course is recognized as an academic course for admission.
Prerequisite: Engineering 12
The Industrial Coding and Design 12 course is an extension of the Engineering program at WGSS. Students will continue to be challenged with a variety of teacher and/or student directed projects. Projects in the course will be focused on building and understanding the relationship between manufacturing and industrial production. Major focuses of the course are on 2D and 3D design, which leads into 3D printing, Laser cutting, CNC milling/engraving and coding Arduino and/ or robotics. The course will have a major focus on coding, looking at it from an analytical process, understanding machine code, machine set-up and machine tooling. Industrial Coding and Design12 will be of interest to any students that may want to pursue post-secondary education for careers such as, engineers and industrial designers and technologists.