MOMENTUM (Technology Education)

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In support of the Minnetonka School Board goals, the District has engaged in a careful exploration of student interests, future workforce preparedness and potential post-secondary opportunities in the skilled trades. With special thanks to our student focus groups, Trades Advisory Board, staff and administrators, MOMENTUM was launched with expanded opportunities in technology education beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

"Momentum" captures the hands-on, forward motion and forward thinking that is part of this work. It's broad and expandable as we grow the offerings of this program.

In 2022-2023, incorporating our new facilities, we are offering:

  • an expanded number of elective Automotive courses
  • a new strand of applied courses, including Mathematics in Home Renovation - a two hour experiential learning course that includes both core (Math) and elective (Home Renovation) credit.
  • connections to local businesses
  • awareness of trade and technical school offerings
  • Senior Capstone experience for students who complete an advanced-level course

Various student fees are part of Technology Education courses.

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Course Listing

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Advanced Engineering Design II - NEW FOR 2022-23!

Course: #6421 
Grade(s) offered: 12 
Credits: .5 (per semester) 
Prerequisites: Grade of B+ or higher in Advanced Engineering Design

Course Description: Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the Minnetonka high school engineering program. It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work to design and develop an original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying the engineering design process.

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Airbrush I

Course: #6426
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: None

This course will help students learn airbrush techniques that will expand their artistic expression and bring professionalism to their graphic products.

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Airbrush II

Course: #6428
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: .5 credit in Airbrush I

This course will allow students to take what they have learned in Airbrush I to a new level.

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Architectural Drafting/Design

Course: #6414, S1
Course: #6416, S2
Grade(s) offered: 10-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
This course requires completion of S1 and S2 to earn .5 Arts Credit 
Prerequisites: None

This course instructs students in architectural design trends giving them a practical, hands-on experience in structural design, interior design, and floor planning.

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Automotive Braking Systems - NEW FOR 2022-23!

Course: #M6502
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester, Fall Semester 2022 only)
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy

Course Description: The Brake Systems course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles. 

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Automotive Career Investigation

Course: # M6500
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester) 


Course Description: Automotive investigation will expose students to the vast array of careers related to the automotive industry.  Automotive technology will be a primary focus.  Students will also learn about other careers such as automobile sales, parts sales, finance, and careers outside of a repair facility or dealership.

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Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems - WILL BE OFFERED IN 2023-24

Course: #M6508 
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester, offered starting in 2023-24 school year)
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy


Course Description: The Electrical/Electronic Systems course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles

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Automotive Engine Performance - NEW FOR 2022-23!

Course: #M6504 
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester, Spring Semester 2023 only) 
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy

Course Description: The Engine Performance course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles. 

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Automotive Steering and Suspension Systems - WILL BE OFFERED IN 2023-24

Course: #M6506 
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester, offered starting in 2023-24 school year)
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy

Course Description: The Steering and Suspension Systems course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles. 

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Graphic Arts 

Course: #6424
Online Option: #T6424
Grade(s) offered: 9-12    
Credits: .5 (per semester)
This course completes .5 towards the Arts credit 
Prerequisites: None    

This is an exploratory course open to all students seeking an introductory experience in Graphic Arts.

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Mathematics in Home Renovation

Course: #M4056, S1 (math)
Course: #M4058, S2 (math)
Course: #M6456, S1 (renovation)
Course: #M6458, S2 (renovation)
Grade(s) offered: 11, 12
Credits: 2.0 (year-long course, two hours)
Students will be registered for both Home Renovation (technology education course) and Mathematics as part of Mathematics in Home Renovation.
Prerequisites: None

Mathematics in Home Renovation will allow students to experience a hands-on approach to real world mathematical problems in functions, statistics, and geometry. 

*Please note that as of May 2022, the NCAA has not sanctioned this class as NCAA eligible*

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Metals III Engineering

Course: #6440, S1
Course: #6442, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Metals II

Students will experience advanced applications of precision manufacturing using a variety of materials and processes. Students will have the latest precision manufacturing technology available to use. 

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Physics of Home Renovation

Course: #M3036, S1
Course: #M3038, S2
Grade(s) offered: 11-12
Credits: 2.0 (year-long course, two hours) 
Students will be registered for both Home Renovation (technology education course) and Applied Physics (science course) as part of Physics in Home Renovation. Fulfills the Physics science requirement.
Prerequisites: None

This course has not yet been approved for purposes of NCAA Initial Eligibility.

Hands-on course designed to give a working conceptual view of the Trades Industry. Modern Physics/Home Renovation concepts will be taught by incorporating the key principles of physics through the lens of design with a focus on project-based assessments.

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Power and Energy I

Course: #6430
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None

ATVs, dirt bikes, go-karts, lawn mowers, and mini bikes: if you use any of these, then you should be in this course. In the power part of the course, each student completely disassembles and reassembles a a small 4 stroke/cycle school engine while learning the systems that make an engine work.

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Power and Energy II

Course: #6432
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Power and Energy I

The first small engines course provided students with the basics of small 4-stroke/cycle operation, systems trouble-shooting and overhaul.

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Woodworking

Course: #6446
Grade(s) offered: 9-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: None

Students will learn how to safely use woodworking power equipment while initially making teacher-designed projects.

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Student welding.
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