Andrew Scanlon, Supervisor
Engineering, Technology, Business, Family & Consumer Science and Computer Education consists of several subject areas: business education, career education, computer studies, cooperative education, engineering/technology education, and family and consumer sciences. Classes in all of the subjects include hands-on experiences designed to help students make the connection between academic theory and practical applications for the real world. While these subjects encompass a wide variety of competencies and information, they are bound together by the common thread of College and Career Readiness Skills, and meet the high school graduation requirements for Practical Arts as outlined by the New Jersey State Department of Education. Their main purpose is to educate students to meet the challenges ahead of them, whether they plan to start a career immediately after high school or to continue their education.
Computer Science/Literacy-Computers are used as a tool for learning at all grade levels. In the elementary schools, the computer literacy program includes hands-on learning activities that enhance and reinforce classroom skills.
Each elementary school has classroom computers and a computer laboratory, where students are taught basic keyboarding and how to use various types of software. (Please see Library/Media Program for additional information.)
Computer literacy is a course for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Working in a computer laboratory, the students are involved in hands-on, problem-solving activities related to real-world issues through use of applications including spreadsheets, presentation apps, and word processing apps.
At East Brunswick High School, all computer courses are electives. The choices range from the introductory to a comprehensive study of computer programming in our AP Computer Science course.
Business Education-The business education program is designed for three groups of students: those interested in a career immediately after high school, those preparing to enter college or business school, and those who want to take business courses for personal use. The program begins at Churchill Junior High School, with electives in Keyboarding Applications, Accounting and Financial Literacy, and continues at East Brunswick High School. Course sequences in Accounting are offered along with Keyboarding, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Business Law and International Business and Politics Honors.
Family and Consumer Sciences-For students who will begin their careers immediately after high school, the family and consumer sciences program provides the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level employment. For students who are college bound, the courses provide enrichment and the opportunity to develop the life skills they will need to survive on their own. The program begins at Hammarskjold Middle School with a cycle course covering topics such as basic nutrition, shopping tips and the use of small appliances. It continues at Churchill Junior High School, where four semester electives are offered. In Creative Living I, students work in the food lab, study nutrition and learn the basics of clothing construction and sewing machine operations. Creative Living II includes units on food preparation, sewing and interior decorating. In Culinary Essentials, students learn more advanced food preparation techniques, and in Food Science and Nutrition, they explore the scientific aspects of food and nutrition and the way in which these relate to their daily lives.
At East Brunswick High School, the family and consumer sciences electives are scheduled by the quarter, the semester or for a full year. They include a comprehensive series of three courses in Culinary Arts, Culinary Arts I through III, Everyday Foods, Food For Fitness, Food Science and Nutrition, Interior Decorating, Interiors, Fashion Merchandising and Retailing, Human Growth and Development, a Teacher Cadet Program and Preschool Education (Preschool Education classes meet for a double period for the entire year).
Cooperative Education-Cooperative education gives East Brunswick High School students who are 16 or older the opportunity to have part-time jobs that suit their aptitudes, interests and career choices. The students attend school in the morning for a minimum of five periods a day and work for standard wages in the afternoon for a minimum of 15 hours a week. The classroom and workstation are closely integrated, each reinforcing the other. Cooperating employers are carefully selected to provide the most up-to-date training available. The State Department of Education, in cooperation with the State Department of Labor, has established criteria that a prospective employer must meet to qualify. Students may choose cooperative education as a means of earning and saving money for college or for learning a skill that leads directly to employment after high school.
Engineering & Technology Education-The technology education program is a progressive sequence of courses designed to encourage students to use the design cycle to solve real-world problems. It begins at Hammarskjold Middle School, where all sixth graders have a cycle course in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Two STEM electives are also offered. At Churchill Junior High School, electives are Fundamentals of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering I, Exploring STEM Concepts, Communications Technology and Introduction to Woodworking.
The elective program becomes more varied and complex at East Brunswick High School. The courses, which are scheduled by the quarter, the semester, or for a full year, are as follows: Electronics Engineering I & II, Mechanical Engineering I & II, Engineering Capstone Honors, Architectural Drawing and Design, Computer Graphics I & II, Web Design I & II, Silk Screen Printing, Photography, Video Production I & II and Video Production Workshop. Workshop courses for advanced students are available in most areas.