Design & Technology

Danielle Romero Dagounis
Email Danielle Romero Dagounis
973.457.2506 ext. 3037

The essential intent of the School District of the Chathams is to discover and grow the gifts within each child. The Design & Technology Department accomplishes this intent by empowering students to think critically and creatively to develop innovative solutions to problems present in our modern world.

Student-built bridges


The Design & Technology Department strives to provide our students with the 21st century skills necessary to be productive and successful members of society. Students engage in authentic problem solving, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking, while developing creativity and perseverance. Students gain proficiency in the application of relevant mathematics, science, technology, and engineering concepts while engaging in the development of solutions to authentic problems and hands-on, project-based learning, utilizing the Engineering Design Process.

The courses in the Design & Technology Department district-wide are designed to prepare students for life in an increasingly technological society. The courses challenge students to create and innovate designs to complex, real-world problems, and to confront the ethical issues that arise from technology's use. Technology is the human quest for solutions to the problems that confront our global society, and the Design and Technology courses are designed to prepare students to think critically and creatively to ensure they are equipped to produce innovative designs in an increasingly technological world.

The hands-on projects and activities allow students to engage in higher order thinking skills through application and synthesis of knowledge by brainstorming, inventing, innovating, imagining, designing, prototyping, modeling, and redesigning. Learning these skills in a contextual manner allow our students to see and value the relevance of the skills and knowledge by making cross-curricular connections and working together collaboratively to build and share knowledge.

Course Progression


K-12 Resources

Departmental Overview

Engineering Design Process 

Engineering Design Process

Elementary Resources

Typing Resources



Typing Club

Typing Lessons/Practice

Typing Course & Games (beginner to advanced)

Learning Games for Kids

Typing Games/Practice (focused on the learning of typing) Typing Resources

Fun and educational learning activities for keyboarding

Dance Mat Typing

4 level (12 session) typing course is appropriate for upper elementary grades or advanced typers

Learn 2 Type

Typing Lessons

Middle School & High School Resources

AutoDesk Suite

Download the AutoDesk Suite here. It is free for students.

AutoDesk logo and link

CMS 6th Grade Cycle Videos

Click here for direct link to playlist. There are multiple videos that will play in succession.

CHS Elective Videos

This is a playlist [click for direct link to playlist]. There are multiple videos that will play in succession.

For additional information on the various CHS Design & Technology courses, please visit our CHS D&T website here.

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