Applied Technologies is
proud to offer a new semester long course that includes
high tech equipment, materials, career related content
and projects, and access to a state-unique website.
middle school courseware features career cluster
exploration based on the national career and technical
education model. Instructor-based lessons lead into
career-related projects. These allow students to
identify the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a
wide range of career opportunities.
The course begins with a
three-week, whole-class introduction that includes a
discussion of the career clusters. During this time,
students will complete a demonstration project that
introduces them to the supplied laser engraver,
printer/cutter, and 3D printer. This will prepare
students for these tools' frequent use throughout the
rest of the semester.
During this time,
students will create a peg board game. Students
create the game boards with the laser engraver.
Then, they use a 3D printer to build the legs.
Finally, they select and print a decorative sticker with
Upon completion of the
introduction, students work in pairs in 12 workstations,
each of which corresponds to one of your state's career
clusters. Each section provides both mandatory projects
and optional project- or research-based challenges. It
is expected that each pair of students will work in each
station for around a week before rotating to another
station and career cluster.
These projects and
challenges are largely self-guided but students may
require the teacher's help with certain steps. This is
especially the case with the laser engraver,
printer/cutter, and 3D printer.
Exploring Alabama Careers is an example of this
product. Of course, it requires a special username
and password to access. For more information,
please be sure to contact us.