• Design and Modeling

    Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.  2017-18 embedded in each 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science curriculum so that EVERY student will receive a foundational training in how modern scientists and engineers think and work.  D&M will remain embedded into 7th grade science curriculum 2018-19 and forward.

    Automation and Robotics

    Students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics® platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more. 2017-18 VEX EDR implemented as a semester elective. 2018-19 VEX IQ implemented as a semester elective for 6th grade robotics beginners.

    App Creators

    This unit will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society. 2017-18 implemented as a semester elective.

    Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

    Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.  2018-19 implement as a semester elective.

    Energy and the Environment

    Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They use what they’ve learned to design and model alternative energy sources, as well as evaluate options for reducing energy consumption.  2018-19 implemented as an embedded course into the 6th grade science curriculum.

    Flight and Space

    The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil.  2018-19 implemented as an embedded course into 8th grade science curriculum. 

    Science of Technology

    Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. In this unit, students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.  Possible plans to implement as a semester elective in the future.

    Magic of Electrons

    In this unit, students examine the behavior and parts of atoms as well as the impact of electricity on the world around them. They learn skills in basic circuitry design and use what they know to propose designs such as a burglar alarm for an art museum.  No plans to implement as a course at this time.

    Green Architecture

    In this unit, students learn how to apply green concepts to the fields of architecture and construction. They explore dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability and apply what they have learned to design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.  2018-19 implemented as a semester elective.

    Medical Detectives

    Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.  Possible plans to implement as a semester elective or imbedded in 7th grade science in the future.