The CTE Manufacturing Pathway is about the following:
- Applied Engineering is like using your creativity and problem-solving skills to design and build real-life solutions to everyday challenges. Imagine creating a cool gadget, designing a more efficient way to generate electricity, or developing a new type of sustainable transportation – that's applied engineering! It's all about turning your ideas into practical things that make the world better and more exciting.
- Manufacturing is the process of creating products by transforming raw materials into finished goods. It involves various steps like designing, planning, assembling, and testing. Manufacturing is somewhat like building a complex LEGO set. You start with individual pieces (raw materials), then follow detailed plans and procedures (manufacturing processes), and this produces a complete, functional object (finished product). Usually manufactured goods satisfy a specific human need for which there is market demand.
- Introductory Robotics is the process of instructing (or teaching) machines to move and perform tasks in a way that is similar to humans. Imagine building robot that can follow your commands and even do real work for you. In the study of robotics, you get to use your creativity to design and program machines, so that they do and make a wide variety of interesting and useful things.
- Industrial Robotics involves the creation and use of specialized robots in factories and manufacturing settings. In an industrial setting, robots are designed to perform tasks like assembling products, welding, painting, and even packaging. Imagine a team of mechanical helpers working together on a car assembly line, each robot having its own unique job, all contributing to the process of making the cars we drive.
- Think of Computer Science as a unique language that lets you talk to computers and tell them what to do. Instead of using words, however, the programmer uses special instructions (code) to make things happen, like creating games, exploring virtual worlds, or making your own digital stories. Learning computer science is like unlocking a secret code to bring your ideas to life in the digital realm.