Skilled & Technical Sciences (STS)

LPS Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS) courses utilize a hands-on, project based curriculum, which provide students with the opportunity to learn industry standard knowledge and skills in a variety of different career fields. STS courses emphasize career readiness skills such as project design, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. In addition, STS courses expose students to a variety of high-wage, high-demand, and high-skill careers. These courses provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that they are college and/or career ready.

Coordinator: Stan Haas (shaas@lps.org // 402-436-1857)

Student Organizations: SkillsUSA

Available Courses

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Skilled & Technical Sciences 6 (4511, 4512)

The 6th grade Skilled and Technical Sciences course provides students with knowledge, skills and exposure in at least two of the following areas of Drafting, Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation.

Skilled & Technical Sciences 7 (4521, 4522)

The 7th grade Skilled and Technical Sciences course provides students with knowledge, skills and exposure to the areas of Drafting, Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation. These areas will be emphasized through the disciplines of the STEM subject areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Skilled & Technical Sciences 8 (4530)

The 8th grade Skilled and Technical Sciences course provides students with knowledge, skills and exposure to the areas of Engineering, Drafting, Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation. These areas will be emphasized through the disciplines of the STEM subject areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Architecture Design (4620) – All Schools

In CAD Architecture, students develop a working knowledge of computer-aided-design (CAD) skills as they relate to the field of Architecture. Students will produce and take home drawings and projects using Autodesk software with an emphasis on architectural activities and projects.

Landscape Architecture (4615) – LSW

Landscape, Design and Management prepares students to design, modify and maintain landscapes and planted areas for the beautification of residential, commercial properties and recreation areas. Students learn to incorporate decks, walks, and other non-plant materials in a landscape plan. This course includes the principles of landscape design, the culture and maintenance of plants in the landscape, and the use of business management procedures. Recommended for students in grades 9-12.

Engineering Design I (4600) – All Schools

IED 1 is the first course in Project Lead the Way curriculum. Introduction to engineering design (IED) introduces students to fundamental skills, processes, products, tools, materials, and current software involved with technical drawing, drafting, and engineering design. Students are encouraged to continue to complete IED 2 because at the conclusion of IED 2, students are tested nationally and can qualify for credit at many university colleges of engineering. IED 1 can be used for either CTE credit or computer technology credit. This course is a required entry course for The Career Academy Engineering or Manufacturing Pathway.

Engineering Design II (4610) – All Schools

IED 2 is the second course in Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), where students develop computer-aided design (CAD) skills as they relate to the field of engineering. Students will produce and take home drawings and projects using auto cad software with an emphasis on engineering activities and processes. At the conclusion of IED 2, students can test nationally and qualify for credit at many university colleges of engineering. IED 1 is a prerequisite for IED 2. This course is a required entry course for The Career Academy Engineering or Manufacturing Pathway.

Advanced Engineering / Architecture (46251, 46252) – All Schools

This is a challenging Project Lead the Way course that focuses on civil engineering and architecture. This is a double period semester or a single period year long class designed for students interested in Civil Engineering, commercial and residential architectural engineering and design, facilities management, technical illustration, landscape architecture, construction management, construction science, machine tool technology, heating and air conditioning, robotics, aerospace or aerodynamic design, and related engineering disciplines. Community and business related projects are incorporated in this class. Advanced Engineering/Architecture can be used for either CTE credit or computer technology credit. Engineering Design 1 and Architecture Design or Engineering Design 2 are prerequisites for this course.

Intro to Construction (4985)- LE, LHS, LNS, LNE, LSE

This course will expose students to the fundamental skills utilized in construction occupations. Students will have the opportunity to examine various trade stations including:framing, electrician, plumbing, air conditioning, tile, electric motor, masonry, bricklaying, drywall, telephone/cable, roofing, sheet metal, and welding. Students will spend approximately ten days at a self-directed hands-on station, working with professional tools, equipment and supplies before rotating to another trade craft. This class will allow the student to experience activities to be used as either future career skills or “do it yourself” consumer skills. Students may find an aptitude for a certain trade and pursue training for a career in either a two-four year college or apprenticeship program. This class will provide students with total learning experiences, basic skills and encourage students to become involved in work-based learning. This course is a required entry course for The Career Academy Construction Pathway.

Residential Construction (46802) – LNE

This course is a double period class for students interested in learning and applying the techniques and practices of modern residential construction technology. Students are involved in all aspects and stages of constructing a residence from securing the permit to the finished home. Students will experience working with people from of the building trades as they build a home. They will solve problems and make decisions necessary to produce a quality product. Attention to proper use of materials and techniques that ensure good stewardship of the environment are stressed. All students will experience opportunities to demonstrate leadership qualities as they direct cooperative group efforts focused on various stages of the construction process. Class projects involve residential remodeling and new home construction. As participants in these projects, students provide benefit to the community and to themselves. Note: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following school: Northeast.

Woods I (4650) – All Schools

This course is an introduction to woodworking and construction technology. This exploratory course is designed to provide instruction in the proper use and care of woodworking tools and power equipment. Students will use hands-on experiences in project design, production and finishing techniques. Students will also experience different phases in the construction industry.

Woods II (4660) – All Schools

Students need to take the Woods Manufacturing 1 course before enrolling in Woods Manufacturing 2. The basic skills course will provide students with hands-on experiences with the processes, materials, equipment, and technologies found in manufacturing and in the furniture and cabinet industries. These experiences serve as a foundation for students following career paths in the manufacturing, construction, design and/or wood sales occupations, as well as those with a general interest. Students will be actively involved in hands-on processes producing furniture, cabinets, and other construction products that can be taken home. Students will work as a group and on individual projects.

Advanced Woods Manufacturing 3 (46701) – All Schools

Advanced Woods Manufacturing 3 is a class for students interested in applying the techniques and practices of cabinet making and custom built-in installations. Students apply math and science principles in unique ways as they plan, build, and install built-in and free-standing cabinets and complete other construction projects. Elements of design basic construction techniques, career opportunities, blueprint reading, knowledge of materials, tools, and processes will also be experienced by all students.

Machine Tool (4870) – LHS

This entry-level class focuses on the manufacturing and production technology of metals. Study of basic machine tools, non-powered tools, precision measuring and layout, metallurgy and computer numerical control (CNC) provides students with hands on applications and simulations of equipment, materials, and processes found in industry. Participation in this class provides students with opportunities to design and manufacture products that they can take home. This course is a required entry course for The Career Academy Manufacturing Pathway.

Machine Tool / Welding (48301, 48302) – LNE, LSW

Students will learn, practice, and apply processes and technologies used in the manufacturing industries. Hand-on activities with stick, metallic inert gas, and oxygen/acetylene welding will provide students opportunities to experience the equipment, materials, and processes used by industry in maintenance and fabrication. Metal identification, classification, and metallurgy will be addressed. Students will learn and apply basic math skills used in reading precision measuring equipment and blueprints. The Cartesian coordinate system will be applied to the use of robotics and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. Students will be involved in hands-on activities that will produce take home projects with conventional machining equipment and CNC machining processes currently found in industry. This course is a required entry course for The Career Academy Manufacturing Pathway.

Advanced Machine Tool / Welding (48401, 48402) – LNE, LSW

This single period year long course will prepare students in welding skill areas of oxygen/acetylene, arc, and gas metal arc welding. Students will experience hands on opportunities to further develop advanced technical knowledge and skills related to the equipment, materials, and processes commonly found in the welding, maintenance, and fabrication industries. Students will also experience hands on opportunities to further develop computer numerical control (CNC) equipment. This equipment will be used to teach and emphasize the integration and application of math, communication, and science skills as related to machining, manufacturing, and welding processes and occupations. This course may be available for articulated or dual credit at a post-secondary institution. Please check with the high school counseling center for more information.

Welding Technology (4850) – LHS

Students learn, practice, and apply processes and technologies used in the welding industry. Hands-on activities with stick , oxygen/acetylene and MIG welding provide students opportunities to experience the equipment, materials, and processes used by industry in maintenance, fabrication and machining.

Advanced Welding (48601) – LHS

This course will prepare students in welding skill areas of oxygen/acetylene, arc and gas metal arc welding (MIG). Students will experience hands-on opportunities to further develop advanced technical knowledge and skills related to the equipment materials and processes commonly found in the welding, maintenance, and fabrication industries. Students may earn dual credit through SCC for this course. This is a special instructional class offered at Lincoln High and Northeast High School. All students may enroll. Students must provide their own transportation. Please check with the high school counseling center for more information.

Robotics I (4641) – All Schools

Students will engineer and design a robot to perform various tasks, through individual and group experiences. Also multiple hands-on-experiences will be used to demonstrate how power is used, energy is produced, and mechanisms are utilized to move projects from A to B faster, further, and more efficiently. Meets technology requirement.

Robotics II (4642) – All Schools

Students will be challenged to engineer and program an Advanced level Robot to perform various tasks, through individual and group work experiences. Also, multiple advanced hands-on experiences will be used to demonstrate how power is used, energy is produced and mechanisms are utilized to move projects from point A to point B faster, further and more efficiently. Meets Technology requirement.

Robotics III (4643) – All Schools

This course uses multiple hands-on experiences to demonstrate how power is used, energy is produced and mechanisms are utilized to move projects from point A to point B faster, further, and more efficiently to accomplish a specific task. Through individual and group projects, students will be challenged to engineer, construct, and test projects against a specific criteria and outcome set forth within the curriculum. The use of VEX Robotics to design, document, and program robotics mechanisms using critical thinking and problem solving skills to complete a challenge will determine and demonstrate the learning process.

Automotive Technology I (47101) – LE, LHS, LNE

This class introduces students to automotive industry technology and equipment, processes and practices, and materials. Students experience hands-on learning activities that concentrate on design, theory, operation, troubleshooting, technology and repair of automotive components and systems that simulate those found in industry. Students learn about career options and gain skills and knowledge necessary to be a wise consumer. Additional learnings also emphasize safe and efficient work habits and use of materials and equipment and protecting the environment. This class offers all students an excellent opportunity to discover occupations open to them and is a good foundation for further study in the automotive technology area. Note: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following sites: Lincoln High, Northeast and East High Schools.

Automotive Technology II (47102) – LE, LHS, LNE

This class introduces students to automotive industry technology and equipment, processes and practices, and materials. Students experience hands-on learning activities that concentrate on design, theory, operation, troubleshooting, technology and repair of automotive components and systems that simulate those found in industry. Students learn about career options and gain skills and knowledge necessary to be a wise consumer. Additional learnings also emphasize safe and efficient work habits and use of materials and equipment and protecting the environment. This class offers all students an excellent opportunity to discover occupations open to them and is a good foundation for further study in the automotive technology area. Note: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following sites: Lincoln High, Northeast and East high schools.

Advanced Auto I (4716T) – LHS, LNE

This class provides students with opportunities to learn and practice advanced skills in automotive component diagnosis and repair. Experiences include the use of precision measuring tools, electronic diagnostic instruments, appropriate service manuals and documentation and other related equipment and materials found in the automotive industry. Students learn to work with other students on student/customer projects requiring completion by a specific time. Work habits, attitudes and ethics, protection of the environment, lifelong learning and following and giving both written and verbal communication are included in the class. This class is recommended for students who are interested in the area of auto mechanics, auto design and other areas found in the automotive industry. This class is a double or single-period course determined by the school. Note: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following sites: Northeast and Lincoln High. Students may earn dual credit through SCC for this course. Students will provide their own transportation. Please check with the high school counseling center for more information.

Advanced Auto II (4718T) – LHS, LNE

This course covers the introduction to the automotive shop, many of the basic elements of repair and the roper use of hand and power tools. It covers shop safety, OSHA hazard communication standards/right-to-know laws. Also covered are the thread repair, tube flaring, fasteners, micrometers and the equipment used by the professions automotive technician. This class is recommended for students who are interested in the area of auto mechanics, auto design and other areas found in the automotive industry. This class is a double or single-period course determined by the school. Note: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following sites: Northeast and Lincoln High. Students may earn dual credit through SCC for this course. Students will provide their own transportation. Please check with the high school counseling center for more information.

Advanced Auto III (4720T) – LHS, LNE

This class provides students with opportunities to learn and practice advanced skills in automotive component diagnosis and repair. Experiences include the use of precision measuring tools, electronic diagnostic instruments, appropriate service manuals and documentation and other related equipment and materials found in the automotive industry. Students learn to work with other students on student/customer projects requiring completion by a specific time. Work habits, attitudes and ethics, protection of the environment, life-long learning and following and giving both written and verbal communication are learnings included in the class. This class is recommended for female and male students who are interested in the area of auto mechanics, auto design and other areas found in the automotive industry. This class is a double or single-period course determined by the school. Note: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following sites: Northeast, and Lincoln High.

Advanced Auto IV (4722T) – LHS, LNE

This class provides students with opportunities to learn and practice advanced skills in automotive systems and repair. Experiences include the use of precision measuring tools, electronic diagnostic instruments, appropriate service manuals and documentation and other related equipment and materials found in the automotive industry. Students learn to work with other students on student/customer projects requiring completion by a specific time. Work habits, attitudes and ethics, protection of the environment, life-long learning, and following and giving both written and verbal communication included in this class. This class is recommended for students who are interested in the areas of automotive mechanics, auto design, and other areas found in the automotive industry. Note: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following sites: Northeast and Lincoln High.

Power Mechanics (4750) – LE, LHS, LNS, LNE

This class focuses on the principles of operation of the 2 and 4 cycle internal combustion engine, covering the fuel, ignition, cooling and lubrication systems. A variety of different engines from lawn maintenance to recreational vehicles are studied and worked on . Students will experience hands-on opportunities to troubleshoot, repair, and overhaul a variety of small engines using the technologies, practices, processes, materials and equipment found in industry. Students will also focus on basic operation of the automobile. Students will experience hands-on activity related to the care and operation of the automobile as well as basic trouble shooting and service. NOTE: Any student at any high school can enroll in this course held at the following sites: East, Northeast, Lincoln High and North Star.

Aviation I (96661) – LNS

Aviation I is a hands-on course in which students explore flight theory. Students will learn about engineering practices, problem-solving, and the innovations and technological developments that have made today’s aviation and aerospace industries possible. Students will explore aircraft components, control surfaces, attitude, and how to interpret the instruments associated with each.

Aviation II (96662) – LNS

In Aviation II, students will explore the primary systems found on most aircraft. Students will get a hands-on introduction to fuel and environmental systems and examine propulsion through piston engines and turbines. Students will develop a basic understanding of electricity and design an aircraft electrical system.