Our computer labs are a place where students are encouraged to discover, explore, invent, and collaborate within a wide range of desktop publishing, design, and engineering challenges. The technology curriculum currently consists of Computer Power, Multimedia, T.I.D.E. (Technology, Innovation, Design and Engineering), Robotics, Keyboarding , and Exploratory Computers
Computer Power students build the yearbook in the fall using online software, PhotoShop, and digital photography. Basic Programming is also learned using Agent Sheets and students create a Google Website to gather a portfolio of their digital creations.
Multimedia students are able to make their ideas come to life through audio, video, and 2D and 3D design platforms. T.I.D.E. students learn pre-engineering problem solving, design, and completion of projects.
Robotics will be begin this year at Centennial Middle School, using a classroom set of LEGO EV3 Mindstorms robot kits. This semester long class will explore robotics in the world and then students will build their own robots. An education version of LABView software will be used to program the robots to complete certain challenges in the lab.
Keyboarding is also offered at Centennial as well as Exploratory Computers, a 6th grade elective class that touches on many computer basics in one quarter.
Centennial has three labs, one being a MAC lab with half the machines new this year and the other two PC labs. Students and teachers also have access to multiple class sets of Chromebooks to enhance learning.
The ultimate goal is to use technology in innovative ways to enhance learning and keep students engaged. Digital Citizenship is part of all computer classes. It is imperative to prepare our students for success in our high tech society.