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Technology Education

Inspiring and empowering lives by connecting students through the practical application of technology in the world around them.

Committed to teaching and developing the use and application of technology, the Conrad Weiser Technology Education department strives to ensure all students are able to understand, utilize and master the use of technology at an elite level. Students will utilize critical thinking and real world problem solving skills included in the areas of Design, Innovation, hands on minds on thinking and creativity through active communication and collaboration with teachers, peers, and members of the community.


Mr. Raymond Frederick

Mr. Frederick has his B.A. in Commercial Art along with duel teacher certification in Art Education and Technology Education from Millersville University.He also has earned his Master in Education in Technology Education from Millersville University and a second Masters of Education in Computer Technology from DeSales University. Mr Frederick teaches the following courses: Technology Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Power and Transportation and Digital Photography.


Mr. Ryan Knarr

Mr. Knarr has his Bachelors of Technology Education from Millersville University and his Masters in Education from Wilkes University. Mr Knarr is the Head Tennis Coach and an Assistant Football Coach at Conrad Weiser in addition to being a district web administrator and the district Hudl administrator. Mr Knarr is a Conrad Weiser graduate and has been teaching at Conrad Weiser since 2015. Mr. Knarr teaches Visual Communications 1 & 2, Drawing Design and Innovation and Architectural Drawing & Design.


Mr. Douglas Rogers

Mr. Rogers has 20 Years of teaching experience, has been with the Conrad Weiser School District since 2011. Teaches Technology Education in the middle school grades 5-8. Mr. Rogers holds Bachelor of Science Degree in secondary education from Bloomsburg University, and a Post Baccalaureate Certification in Technology education from Millersville University. He also has a M.Ed. in Leadership and Teaching and Curriculum from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently pursuing a second M.Ed. in Educational Technology from York College.


Clubs and Activities

CW Aeronautics

Conrad Weiser Aeronautics PLT is a year round program that introduces students into the area of Aeronautics and Flight. Students meet during the professional learning time and utilize Google Flight Simulator as they learn, develop and implement aspects of aeronautics in a real-world simulator within the web based program. The PLT group is an extension of the aeronautics units taught in Drawing, Design and Innovation and Technology Systems.

Technology Student Association (Middle School)

This club promotes technology competitions within the Technology Students Association aimed at getting students into after school activities in which they are developing technological solutions to real world problems in the areas of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. This includes the develop of projects for competitions in various areas of technology education.

Course Offerings

Course Offerings

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8290 Technology Systems - Grade 9 - 1.00 Credit
Technology Systems is an introductory course in technology education for all students in grade 9. This hands-on course provides an overview of the four system areas of communication, construction, manufacturing, and transportation technology. Students will build a foundation for technological literacy by developing, producing, testing and assessing solutions to technological problems. Also, the impacts of technology will be analyzed (projects include CO2 cars, balsa wood structures, woodworking projects and flight simulator). A personal project fee is required.

8205 Digital Photography I - 9 through 12 - 1.00 Credit
This introductory level course deals primarily with the use of digital cameras, scanners and computers to create digital imaging projects. Students will learn how to make the best out of every digital image. Students will learn how to create, repair, and manipulate digital images within Adobe Photoshop software to achieve the best possible digital images. Students will spend time outside of the classroom to take photos and be able to sign out digital cameras to complete assignments. 8208 Digital Photography II – 9 through 12 – 1.00 Credit
(Prerequisite: Digital Photography I)

Digital Photography II 10 through 12 - 1.00 Credit

Is a course for all students who have successfully completed Digital Photography. The course will cover operations and functions of digital cameras from an artistic viewpoint. Students will learn about photographic elements of art, composition and lighting, as well as innovative technologies in the field of photography through the study of contemporary photographers. Students will learn advanced image techniques and digital manipulation through Adobe Photoshop software. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own interests and develop an individual voice, and will explore the significance of photography and learn about the different applications it has in today’s world.

8209 Digital Photography III – 10 through 12 – 1.00 Credit
(Prerequisite: Digital Photography II)

In this advanced course, students will explore technical, artistic, and commercial aspects of photography. This course will include advanced digital camera operations and creative digital darkroom techniques, while working with Adobe Photoshop software. Class time will enable students to work on individual and cooperative explorations. Students will prepare a digital portfolio of their work to exhibit at the completion of the course. Students will also produce a web platform for their photography work and learn ways to market their photography.

8202 Drawing, Design, and Innovation – 9 - 12 - 1.00 Credit
Students will learn and utilize 21st century real world skills through the design process with students being given specifications: time, materials, limitations, size utilizing basic learning in—science, technological, engineering and mathematical practices to solve real world design problems. Basic and Intermediate technical sketching, conventional drafting and computer-aided drawing software is utilized. Experiences, geometric constructions, multi-view projection, dimensioning, sectioning and pictorial representation are learned with students exposed to real world 3-D applications with the utilization of a 3-D printer to harvest their designs into real world products.

8153 Architectural Drawing and Design – 10-12 - 1.00 Credit
Prerequisite – Drawing, Design and Innovation
Architectural Drawing and Design is a course for all students who have successfully completed Drawing Design and Innovation. Architectural Drawing and Design is for those students who are interested in architecture including residential design, commercial design, and construction techniques. Students will develop drawings and use computer aided drawing software in the construction of architectural design. Students will also develop skills in applications as they relate to architectural drafting and design including a scale model of their “dream house 8203

Manufacturing Systems - 10 through 12 - 1.00 Credit
This course is structured for students of all skill levels. After an introduction to and use of all tools and machinery, several projects will be made from wood using various machines in the lab. (Examples of past projects are storage units, jewelry boxes and tables.) Students will take part in the aspects of research, development, and problem solving as they identify, design and produce projects in a manufacturing lab. Safe and proper use of all tools and machinery is both vital and mandatory. A personal project fee is required for materials used.

8212 Manufacturing Systems II - 11 and 12 - 1.00 Credit
(Prerequisite - Manufacturing Systems)

This is an advanced course that expands upon the skill set established during Manufacturing Systems, especially as it relates to the tools and equipment used in the manufacturing lab. Students will build a major project of their choice during the semester. Safe and proper use of all tools and machinery is both vital and mandatory. A personal project fee is required for materials used.

8230 Visual Communications I - 9 through 12 - 1.00 Credit
Students will experience individualized and group laboratory activities in the areas of graphic reproduction, website design, desktop publishing and silk screen printing. Students will design and produce several hands on projects including printed t-shirts and business cards using graphic software Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design. A personal project fee is required.

8231 Visual Communications II - 10 through 12 - 1.00 Credit
(Prerequisite – Visual Communications I)
Students will expand on the skills learned in the Visual Communications I course by developing a greater understanding of visual communication throughout the real world. Students will design and produce several hands on projects including multi colored printed t-shirts, desktop publishing projects using graphic software Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design. A personal project fee is required.

8292 Energy, Power and Transportation - 10 through 12 - 1.00 Credit
During this class (EPT), students will develop an understanding of how energy, power and transportation function, as well as the role they play in our technological world, both independently and in combination. (Past projects have included solar cookers, electrical wiring, catapults, and small-engine assembly/operation) Safe and proper use of all tools and machinery is both vital and mandatory. A personal project fee is required for materials used.


5th Grade Technology Education

During their 20 day experience students explore simple machines, mechanical advantage, and robotics. The 5th graders utilize Lego technology, wood technology, and 3D printing machines and software.

6th Grade Technology Education

6th grade students explore manufacturing technology. Students will learn how to read an AutoCAD blueprint and apply the principles of lay-out and design. Ultimately the students will make a working mantle clock. During this rotation students will explore technological careers through reading refereed journals and magazines.

7th Grade Technology Education

This phase consists of transportation technology. Students will explore the impacts associated with transportation on the environment. Students will develop, design and produce a working magnetic levitation train. Students will also explore the principles of flight in their Egg Slide activity.

8th Grade Technology Education

Students will utilize AutoCAD produce a 3 dimensional drawing of a shaker peg shelf and which they will manufacture. Students will also spend time exploring aeronautics and create flight simulations. 8th graders will also create 3 Dimensional designs which will be produced with a 3D printer.


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