With registration for the 2018-2019 school year coming up, Mustangs Ahead staff Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd dive into the world of electives to answer the question: What electives should students take?

Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS supports many elective programs that offer Mustangs innovative opportunities in the classroom. In each of these programs, there is a wide range of technology available for student use.

The LRHS media arts program has a lot of high-tech equipment.

“A big change this year is the fact that we now have a studio,” said media arts teacher Greg Klein. “In there, we have a green screen for film making, a portrait studio, and a product photography set up.”

The green screen allows the film students to be more creative with their short films because there are no limits on what can be projected onto the screen.

“In the Creative Photography 1 class, they do a product photography project using the light table set up,” Klein continued. “Then, In Creative Photography 2, they do studio portraits using lights and backdrops, which is all new this year.”

On the digital side of the media arts program, students can take Web Design and Game Animation.

Game animation and web design teacher Bobbi Colson said, “In Web Design, we use all the Adobe products: Dream Weaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Design.  For the game animation classes, we use two programs from a Canadian company called Toon Boom Animation.”

Students in Colson’s classes can get a professional certification in each of the software programs that they use.

The media arts classes aren’t the only ones with advanced equipment to use.

Technology teacher Bryan Richards said, “In the technology program, we have two woodworking shops, different kinds of 3-D printers, laser engravers, potters, welding equipment, and a rotary for the laser along with tons of other equipment that the students are able to use.”

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