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In support of the Minnetonka School Board goals, the District has engaged in a careful exploration of student interests, future workforce preparedness and potential post-secondary opportunities in the skilled trades. With special thanks to our student focus groups, Trades Advisory Board, staff and administrators, MOMENTUM was launched with expanded opportunities in technology education beginning in the 2020-21 school year.

"MOMENTUM" captures the hands-on, forward motion and forward thinking that is part of this work. It's broad and expandable as we grow the offerings of this program.

MOMENTUM offers students:

  • a full aviation program
  • an expanded number of elective Automotive courses
  • a new strand of applied courses, including Mathematics in Home Renovation - a two hour experiential learning course that includes both core (Math) and elective (Home Renovation) credit.
  • connections to local businesses
  • awareness of trade and technical school offerings
  • Senior Capstone experience for students who complete an advanced-level course

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MOMENTUM PATHWAYS (SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCING)

Course Listing

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Automotive Braking Systems

Course: #M6502
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy

Course Description: The Brake Systems course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles. 

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Automotive Career Investigation

Course: # M6500
Grade(s) offered: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: .5 (per semester) 


Course Description: Automotive investigation will expose students to the vast array of careers related to the automotive industry.  Automotive technology will be a primary focus.  Students will also learn about other careers such as automobile sales, parts sales, finance, and careers outside of a repair facility or dealership.

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Automotive Electrical/Electronic Systems

Course: #M6508 
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy


Course Description: The Electrical/Electronic Systems course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles

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Automotive Engine Performance

Course: #M6504 
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy

Course Description: The Engine Performance course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles. 

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Automotive Steering and Suspension Systems

Course: #M6506 
Grade(s) offered: 10-12
Credits: .5 (per semester)
Prerequisites: Automotive Career Investigations or Power and Energy

Course Description: The Steering and Suspension Systems course is one of four advanced level automotive courses to give students a next level experience once they have completed Automotive Investigation.  The goal of these courses is to teach at a rigorous industry standard level.  Rigorous training will prepare students for post-secondary education, part-time entry level employment, or to perform high level repairs on their own vehicles. 

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Flight Instruction Through Time: Navigating Aviation and World History - NEW FOR 2024-25

Course: #M7100
Grade(s) offered:   Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits:  2.0 (year-long course, two hours)

  • 1.0 High School Credit of World History
  • 1.0 Elective Credit Flight Training  

Course Description:
Explore the connection of world history and aviation in "Aviation Through Time." From ancient civilizations to modern flight simulations, unravel historical threads, pilot virtual aircraft, and witness the dynamic interplay that has shaped societies and skies alike. Engage in a transformative interdisciplinary adventure.

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two pilots in the cockpit of a flying plane.

Course: #M7004, S1
Course: #M7005, S2
Grade(s) offered: Grade 12
Credits: .5 (per semester, full-year course)
Prerequisites: All Seniors interested in Aviation are encouraged to request this course.  If space is limited, preference will be given to those who completed Aviation I and II in 2023-24.

This course integrates the FAA private pilot curriculum with advanced flight simulation technology. Students will learn the fundamentals of flying airplanes through simulated flight training that closely mirrors real-world private pilot requirements. This hands-on course will cover topics such as aircraft systems, flight maneuvers, navigation and emergency procedures. By mastering the intricacies of virtual flight, students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in real-world aviation. Whether aspiring to become a pilot or seeking a deeper understanding of aviation, this course offers a dynamic and immersive experience.

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Plane taking flight

Course: M7000
Grade(s) offered: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: .5 (one-semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Course Description:

This course provides a foundation in flying, aviation careers and history. Students will learn about the engineering process, problem solving, and innovations and technological developments that led to the aviation and aerospace industries of today.

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Drone flying through town

Course: M7002
Grade(s) offered: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: .0.5 (one-semester course)
Prerequisites: None

Course Description:

This course provides a comprehensive education in drone technology, regulations and practical flight skills.  Students will gain hands-on flying experience, engage in flight simulation exercises, and obtain their recreation drone pilot certificate.  

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Mathematics in Home Renovation

Course: #M4056, S1 (math)
Course: #M4058, S2 (math)
Course: #M6456, S1 (renovation)
Course: #M6458, S2 (renovation)
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: 2.0 (two-hour, full-year course)
Students will be registered for both Home Renovation (technology education course) and Applied Mathematics as part of Mathematics in Home Renovation. Fulfills the core math requirement.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Higher Algebra

Mathematics in Home Renovation will allow students to experience a hands-on approach to real world mathematical problems in functions, statistics, and geometry. This offering includes a core mathematics class with graduation credit upon successful completion.

*Please note that as of May 2022, the NCAA has not sanctioned this class as NCAA eligible*

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Physics of Home Renovation

Course: #M3036, S1 (physics)
Course: #M3038, S2 (physics)
Course: #M6450, S1 (renovation)
Course: #M6452, S2 (renovation)
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: .5 (per semester, full-year course, two hours) 
Students will be registered for both Home Renovation (technology education course) and Applied Physics (science course) as part of Physics in Home Renovation. Fulfills the Physics science requirement.
Prerequisites: None

This course has not yet been approved for purposes of NCAA Initial Eligibility.

Hands-on course designed to give a working conceptual view of the Trades Industry. Modern Physics/Home Renovation concepts will be taught by incorporating the key principles of physics through the lens of design with a focus on project-based assessments.

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Transportation Careers and Global Commerce

Course: M6499
Course: M2016
Grade(s) offered: Grade 11, Grade 12
Credits: .5 Social Studies, .5 Elective 
Students will be registered for both Automotive Career Investigation (technology education course) and Global Studies and Economics (social studies course) as part of Transportation Careers and Global Commerce.
Prerequisites: None

This co-taught strand of two courses covers the global economic impact of transportation with a particular emphasis on the automobile. 

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