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STEM 2019-20

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Professional & Practical Arts (PPA)
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Introduction to Engineering Design - IED

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10

In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students learn the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students qualify for college credit if minimum requirements are met.

Prerequisite: none

Recommendation: highly motivated students

Required: no

Principles of Engineering - POE

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

This survey course of engineering exposes students to major concepts they'll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

Recommendation: highly motivated students

Required: no

Aerospace Engineering - AERO

1 credit - available to grades 11, 12

Aerospace Engineering is the study of engineering disciplines which develop new technologies for use in aviation, aeronautics, and space exploration.

The course explores the evolution of flight, flight fundamentals, navigation and control, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, orbital mechanics, ergonomics, remotely operated systems and related careers. 

Recommendation: highly motivated students

Required: no

 Engineering Design & Development - EDD

1 credit - available to grade 12 

This is an engineering design course in which students will work in teams to research, design, test, and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students will present and defend their solution at the conclusion of the course. The EDD course allows students to apply all the skills and knowledge learned in previous Project Lead the Way courses.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least two other courses in the PLTW Engineering or PLTW Computer Science Pathways

Recommendation: highly motivated students

Required: no 


Computer Science Essentials - CSE

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles.

Prerequisite: none 

Computer Science Principles - CSP

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they've learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation.

Prerequisite  Computer Science Essentials or junior/senior with instructor approval

Cyber Security - CYBER

1 Credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

Whether seeking a career in the growing field of cybersecurity or learning to defend their own personal data or a company’s data, students in Cybersecurity establish an ethical code of conduct while learning to defend data in today’s complex cyberworld.

Prerequisite  No requirements, students encouraged to take Computer Science Essentials before Cybersecurity 


Principles of Biomedical Science - PBS

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

By engaging in activities like dissecting a sheep heart, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.

Prerequisite: none

Human Body Systems - HBS

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

Through projects such as determining the identity of a skeleton using both forensic anthropology and DNA analysis, students examine the interactions of human body systems and apply what they know to solve real-world medical cases.

Prerequisite: B- or higher in second semester of PBSor Junior/Senior with Instructor Approval

Grades 10, 11, 12 

Medical Interventions

Coming in 2020-21 - available to grades 11, 12

Biomedical Innovation

Coming in 2021-22 - available to grade 12 

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