STEM Institute
Biomedical Sciences, Engineering/Robotics, & Computer Science

BioMedical Sciences

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Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) #HE70

Students investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that lead to the death of a fictional person and investigate medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.

Human Body Systems (HBS) #HE71

Students explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis of body systems. They investigate the structures and functions of the human body and the data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement.

Medical Interventions (MI) #HE72

Students investigate the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. 

Biomedical Innovations (BI) #HE73

Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they address topics such as clinical medicine, physiology biomedical engineering and public health.

Engineering / Robotics

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Introduction To Engineering Design (IED) #IT41

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering (POE) #IT43

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Aerospace Engineering (AE) #IT50

This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) #IT46

A culmination of the knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution; ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, and ready to pursue any post-secondary program or career.

Robotics (IT) #55

Students will focus on control circuits, interfaces, and microprocessors applications as they build and program robots. This course also includes the development of robotics software, Computer Integrated Manufacturing tasks, data communication tasks, sensor and control systems tasks, and the application of the engineering design process. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in robotics competitions.

Computer Sciences

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Computer Science Essentials (CSE) #CB30

This course will help students learn essential computer skills, applications, proper terminology, Internet and technology skills for lifelong academic and personal endeavors. 

  • Discussion of social and ethical issues related to computers. 
  • Primary Languages:  MIT App Developer / Vex Robotics / Python
  • Includes general algorithms, graphics modules, & decision support statements (loops, conditions, calculations)
  • Exploration of relevant emerging technologies -- Intro to app development using MIT App Inventor

AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) #CB39

The AP Computer Science course broadens the scope of a student's view of the computer science pathway.  We will learn and practice project design using Turtle Graphics, Python, and GUI programming. Other areas of the computer industry to be explored are computer innovations, image representation, data transmission and graphing with data sensors.  All students will be expected to design and code a “Create Task” which is the first part of the AP test requirements.  Upon successful completion of that task and the AP Exam, you have an opportunity to earn college credit.

AP Computer Science A (CSA) #CB40

This course introduces college level programming, using the JAVA language. Important concepts include structured JAVA programming style, assignment and logical operators, decision making, looping, functions, and arrays. Students will also learn the concepts of data structures, classes, inheritance, recursion, and other advanced topics using an object-oriented approach. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. Students may seek college credit by taking the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in May.

Cybersecurity – #CS61

The Cybersecurity program prepares students to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures. Students who successfully complete the Cybersecurity program will develop skills to analyze, test, trouble-shoot, and evaluate existing network systems.  They will be able to perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption. Throughout this class, students will enhance their technical knowledge and skills that are associated with functions of application integrity, cyber threat management, and infrastructure security within Network Technologies’ occupations. Students will work towards industry certifications.