Robotics & Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) Classes for High School Students

The robotics and CAD programs are designed to prepare students for advanced work in engineering or perhaps game or architectural design. Students will master an increasingly sophisticated range of software programs that have applications in many fields and are commonly used in local industries. CAD students have designed space for the proposed new museum in Rawlins and have designed many of the projects manufactured in the wood working studio and weld school. Robotics students are prepared to build and program a variety of robots which will prepare them employment in a world that increasingly relies on robots in industries ranging from law enforcement to oil companies to agencies that fight wildfires. Every skill taught in the robotics and CAD programs is a transferrable skill.

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Robotics I

This course is open to all students. This is a semester long course, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This course is an introduction to the world of Robotics. Students will learn about tools and basic problem solving as they assemble their robots. They will be introduced to VEX EDR robots and robot programming. Students will learn about designing a robotic arm and utilize STEM principles. Students compete head-to-head in sports and games with their robots.


Robotics II 

This course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This course is a continuation of Robotics I. Search and Rescue is the focus of this course. Students will assemble a robot, attach a camera, then drive the camera by remote control (a joy stick) to simulate a real-life rescue scenario. Students will design a moving arm and claw to pick up the items they find in the test. A large portion of the grade entails being able to problem-solve (on an individual or team basis).

After mastering the remote-controlled robots, students will build a programmable robot that operates without remote controls. Ideally, students will enroll in the robotics sequence over a series of successive semesters.

Prerequisite: Robotics I 


Robotics III

Prerequisites: Robotics I and II 

This course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This course is offered to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Robotics 3 will emphasize drone building using various software programs to fly the drones. Students will initially use a drone flying simulator so that they are experienced when they begin flying the drones they have built. Students will use soldering techniques and fine motor skills to assemble the drones for flight; students will build beginner and more advanced racing drones as time allows.


Advanced Robotics

Prerequisite:  Robotics I, II, and III 

The course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This is a one semester course and is a continuation from Robotics III, emphasizing drone building.


Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) I

This course is open to all students. This is a one semester class, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This course is the first of a three-part sequence which prepares students for entry-level drafting positions and provides opportunities for entry into college programs in Engineering, Architecture, and related technologies such as 3d Animation. Students develop technical drafting skills using computer-driven drafting programs. Students learn how to read and produce detailed drawings and technical illustrations from the sketches and ideas conceived by design professionals. Students begin drawing in two dimensions, and then go more in-depth with 3d modeling. Students learn how to prepare design drawings useful for any field of design or real-world clients. Students will be introduced to 3d Printing in this course. Programs introduced include Autocad, Chief Architect, Inventor, Solid Works, and (as time allows) 3ds Max and Unity.


Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) II

Prerequisite: CAD I 

This course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters. 

This course is the second of a three-part sequence to prepare entry-level drafters into the work-force or to provide for opportunities for entry into college programs such as Engineering, Architecture, and any related technologies (such as 3D Printing, 3D Visualization, Animation, Industrial Design). In the CAD II course, students will be doing more complex 3d modeling, reverse-engineering, and work at a higher level of complexity in all programs. As time allows, students may explore Architecture or 3d Animation (making short movies), Part Modeling, Assemblies, Exploded Assemblies, and completed Drawings sheets. Students may create projects for other classes such as Welding or Woodworking or a community project. Students will use Chief Architect, Solid Works, Revit, and 3ds Max. Students will learn more about 3d Printing and Unity. At the end of this course, students will focus on a project of their interest.


Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) III

Prerequisites: CAD I and II 

This course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters. 

Students will be putting together all the design and modeling principles learned in the CAD I and CAD II courses.  Students will be working independently, on a design team, or with other departments in the Carbon County Higher Education Center or local clients who have design needs in the community for a capstone project.  Are you a “gamer”? Unity is a high-powered gaming engine we will use to create some basic video games. Students will be exposed to the artistic and programming sides of the virtual game world.  

Students may test to obtain a certificate in Inventor, Revit, Autocad, or Solid Works at the completion of two years CAD. Students will complete a portfolio of their work at the end of their third year in CAD.


Advanced Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD)

Prerequisite:  CAD I, II, and III 

The course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

This is a one semester course and is a continuation from CAD III.


Past Scholarship Recipients

2019 Seniors, Ryan Pfeffer and Jacob Pacheco, both won scholarships for their work in Robotics and CAD. Ryan was awarded a $100 scholarship today from Pine Cove Consulting and an Honorary Mention for the 2019 Tech Student of the Year. Jacob was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Carbon County Museum Foundation Board for his work on the re-design of the new Historical and Cultural Center of Carbon County.