South Orangetown Middle School


Technology is one of the explore classes. Students experience various aspects of the technology curriculum at grade levels 6, 7 and 8. They include a range of topics and activities in practical and theoretical applications of science and math. These activities include problem solving and testing outcomes. Design, mechanical drawing, construction of models, construction of functional objects, and work with various materials are included. Work is ‘hands-on’, three dimensional, and cooperative work with others is required.

Specific units may include the following:

  • Solar energy projects – based on analysis of greenhouse effect.
  • Structural design – bridge design concepts using wooden structured members.
  • Introduction to simple machines – Lego/Dacta materials are used to construct mechanical devices.
  • Drafting – use of hand mechanical drawing tools and computer-assisted drafting are both experienced.
  • Materials Processing – use of various materials, such as wood and metal. Students design and build solutions to teacher and student-generated problems.

Although Technology provides students with activities, which are somewhat different from other classes, basic concepts of science and math are effectively incorporated. Technology class contributes to the broad range of learning experiences appropriate to middle level learners.

Single-Grade Acceleration: Design & Drawing for Production
Seventh-grade students who demonstrate strong performance in sixth- and seventh-grade technology and math courses are eligible to apply for Design & Drawing for Production enrollment in Grade 8.

  • A take-home entrance exam is offered to all students in the winter of seventh grade and available through the technology teachers and school counseling office. Students have one month to complete and submit the entrance exam.
  • In addition to the take-home entrance exam, teacher recommendation, math placement and math grades are considered for enrollment eligibility.
  • Families of students selected to enroll in the course will be notified in early spring.
  • A great deal of independent work is expected from DDP students. Appropriate preparation, classroom behavior, participation and respect for each other will be considered in selecting students for this program.
  • DDP is an engineering preparatory program that can lead to the Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum at Tappan Zee High School.
  • DDP is offered at SOMS.
  • The high school minimum attendance policy applies to this course.
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