The career electives give team members an opportunity to explore areas including robotics, forensic science, aviation, construction and other programs.
This course is the foundation course for both the Aircraft Support and Flight Operations Pathways. Team members will build a solid knowledge base in the history of aviation, the principles of flight and navigation, the aerospace community, and aviation meteorology.
Introduction to Healthcare Science
Basic introduction to healthcare topics. Team members are introduced to vital signs and learning basic medical equipment, different kinds of diets needed for disease processes, infection control and much more.
The class has been designed as an introduction into the world of Robotics. The goal is allow team members to experience this highly specialized field of Engineering (Mechatronics) and found out if this something they may want to pursue as a career. Team members can then further their engineering knowledge once in high school.
The class is designed as a very hands-on class giving insight into how robots are built and controlled. In class, the team members work in teams of two to build, test, and improve their operating/driving skills. Using the VEX Robotics System as a platform along with materials developed by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, the team members build a SquareBot robot. After successfully getting their robot built they start practicing and getting a feel for how their robot operates and reacts. No two robots operate or re-act in the same ways. With lots practice tram members learn to control their robot and operate them through a series of basic and advanced driving challenges.
Over the course of the 9 weeks team members will have additional assignments including pre and post tests, article reviews, and weekly terminology tests. An emphasis is placed on teamwork, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking throughout the course.
Introduction to Engineering (8th grade)
The class has been designed to provide team members with insight into what Engineering really means. The goal is to introduce team members to experiences in various fields of engineering and allow them to find out if engineering is something they may want to pursue as a career. Team members can then further their engineering knowledge once in high school.
The class is designed as a very hands-on class that applies the Engineering Design Process to a variety of projects including, but not limited to, bridge building and crash car testing. Using a variety of tools, procedures, and materials team members will gain insight into what Engineers do each day during their career.
Over the course of the 9 weeks team members will have additional assignments including pre and post tests, technical writing, engineering design briefs, and weekly terminology test. An emphasis is placed on teamwork, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking throughout the course.
The construction technology core curriculum encompasses the basics and fundamentals of common skills spanning a variety of construction occupations.
Team members receive an overview of television and the television team; careers in television and video; an orientation to writing for television as compared to other media; the use of basic television equipment, and much more.
Team members will explore music careers including, but not limited to, music marketing and promotion, recording studio engineering, music products (retail), film scoring, music editing, music production, performance, and music therapy.
This course provides an opportunity for the student to gain fundamentals of graphic communication which refers areas of media and mass communication involving the creation, production, and distribution of images for advertising, marketing, books, magazines, newspaper, packages, and other media in print and digital form.
This course will provide an introduction to the concepts found in computer programming, including loops, object-oriented coding, logic and decision-making. It is a hands-on class that will require the students to create original code and programs to complete class projects.
Agriculture and Engineering
The goal of this course is to provide middle school students with an introduction to agricultural leadership by developing work ethic, communication, critical thinking, and team building skills. Students will build a knowledge base for the Horticulture/Plant Science Pathway Program and Natural Resource Pathway Program of study. Hands-on laboratory experiences will include but are not limited to: sustainable gardening, raising a crop from seed, ecological explorations, habitat evaluations, and various plant propagations. This class will require physical activity, as students in this class will spend whole blocks outside in the field, the garden, or in the greenhouse.