Technology Education

BMSS Tech Ed Teaching Team

Mr. T. Bruderer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Youth Train in Trades – Construction Electrician Program

Mr. B. Cameron                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   – ADST 8 –Technology Education                                                                                                                   – Electronics and Robotics 9-12                                                                                                                     – Wood / Metal Art 9/10                                                                                                                                   – Wood / Metal Art 11-12                                                                                                                                 – Carpentry and Joinery 11/12

Ms. C. Der                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             – ADST 8 –Technology Education                                                                                                                   – Drafting and Design 9-12                                                                                                                             – Youth Explore Trade Skills 9/10                                                                                                                   – Wood / Metal Art 9/10

Building a foundation for today’s youth!

Life in a technologically advanced society requires a breadth of knowledge and practical skills. The Technology Education Department has courses suitable for all students, regardless of future career goals. All students are given the opportunity to develop valuable skills for enjoyment as hobbyists or for other pursuits where knowledge of tool use, knowledge of materials, and applied skills are required. Students interested in skilled trades ITA Youth programs, BCIT, engineering and trades training will have the opportunity to engage in the practical practices of the skilled trades and be able to develop skills necessary for future employment.

Throughout the ADST curriculum, students will be exploring these different phase: Safety – Tools/machines/procedures Understanding – Context/vocabulary/terms Defining – Ideas/problems/challenges Ideating – Experimenting/exploring/drafting/sketching Prototyping – Thinking big, acting small and trying lots Testing – Refining the approach Making – Creating/constructing/building Sharing – Reflecting/displaying

Course Descriptions

ADST 8 (Applied Design, Skills and Technologies)

This is a general technology course that combines design and building elements from woodwork, electronics, drafting and design. This is a mandatory one term course for all grade 8 students. For many students, this is their first experience working with machines and materials to build various projects.


Youth Trade Skills Explorations 10

A perfect starting point for students in grades 9 and 10, this program is a way to explore multiple trades to discover the perfect fit—and pick up valuable skills in the process. The program is a partnership between the Ministry of Education and ITA, designed to give students 120 hours of hands-on experience and a clear path before enrolling in a high school apprenticeship program (Youth Train in Trades program). Talk to Ms. Der for more information.


Woodwork 9/10:

In this course, students will combine wood and metal to create personalized projects with an emphasis on creative expression and image development while learning how to use shop equipment safely and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to build a variety of projects such as jewelry, gumball machines, cutting boards and other practical and decorative pieces.


Electronics and Robotics 9/10, and Electronics 11/12: Robotics:

Electronics and Robotics students will learn about a variety of topics in electrical theory, including but not limited to breadboard prototyping, printed circuit boards, active and passive components, integrated circuits, analog and digital circuits, and electrical testing equipment. Students will also be introduced to concepts in computer programming using Arduino hardware and software. Some of the projects that students have made in the past include customized LED strips, basic musical instruments, RNG devices such as electrical roulettes and dice, miniature race cars, sound reactive LED displays, and more! This course is a combination of applied theory and project work.


Drafting: Design 9/10 and 11/12

Students have the opportunity to develop creative designs using Google Sketch-Up 3D modeling program, pencil drawings and our 4 Tinkerine 3D printers. The course is also designed to incorporate hands-on projects such as geometric model building, floor planning and house models. Other possible projects include: pencil and computer drawings, cardboard furniture challenges, Rube Goldberg machines, bridge competitions, siege machine designs, furniture designs and models, one point and or two-point perspective drawings. Students will customize some of their designs and bring some of them to life by printing them out on the 3D printers. Many careers involve drafting and design such as architects, engineers, computer 3D animators, interior designers, city planners and many others.


Furniture and Cabinetry 12

Wood and metal are both versatile mediums for creative and artistic self-expression. This advanced course builds on topics covered in previous years and includes units on designing and creating both wood and metal projects such as furniture, jewelry, and other useful items. There is great potential in this class for exploratory learning.


Woodwork 11/12: Carpentry and Joinery

This is an advanced course for students who have a strong interest in woodworking. Students will be able to construct a wide variety of personalized projects for their own use such as cabinets, boxes, tools, clocks and other implements. Quality joinery and creative self-expression are both strongly encouraged in this course


Youth Train in Trades – Construction Electrician Program

This is a dual-credit College/High School course open to grade 11 and 12’s which gives successful students their Level 1 (of 4) of a construction Electrician Apprenticeship. Electricians are responsible for safely and correctly installing wiring and other electrical equipment in houses, high rises and commercial and industrial construction sites. Students learn the theory and practical aspects of the trade. Students must be prepared to work hard as the minimum passing grade in this course is 70%, as this is a college-recognized program. A real worksite, 3-week work experience practicum is part of the course. An application and interview are required