Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

STEM

Recommended Course Sequence


STEM Course Flowchart
Recommended Course Sequence Flowchart   PDF


Potential Certifications

Students must meet specific criteria to qualify to test for these certifications.

Autodesk – Inventor, Revit via Certiport Inc.
(Offered within PLTW Engineering Courses)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) via CareerSafe Online
(Offered within Digital Electronics Course)

 

 

Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN – PLTW ENGINEERING PROGRAM COURSE

In this course, 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 document their work in an engineering notebook. 

AC/DC ELECTRONICS

 AC/DC Electronics focuses on the basic electricity principles of alternating current/direct current (AC/DC) circuits. Students will demonstrate knowledge and applications of circuits, electronic measurement, and electronic implementation. Through use of the design process, students will transfer academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment. Students will use a variety of computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the electronics industry. 

CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE – PLTW ENGINEERING PROGRAM COURSE

Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development, applying math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects. They document designs using 3D architecture design software. Some students have seen these designs come to life through partnerships with local housing organizations.

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS (HONORS) – PLTW ENGINEERING PROGRAM COURSE

Digital Electronics is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. In contrast to analog electronics, where information is represented by a continuously varying voltage, digital signals are represented by two discreet voltages or logic levels. This distinction allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world of electronics. Digital electronics is the foundation of modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, digital audio players, laptop computers, digital cameras, and high-definition televisions. The primary focus of Digital Electronics is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. 
Note: This course satisfies a math credit requirement for students on the Foundation High
School Program.

ENGINEERING SCIENCE (HONORS) – PLTW ENGINEERING PROGRAM COURSE

Engineering Science is an engineering course designed to expose students to some of the major concepts and technologies that they will encounter in a postsecondary program of study in any engineering domain. Students will have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers. In Engineering Science, students will employ science, technology, engineering, and mathematical concepts in the solution of real-world challenge situations. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.
Note: This course satisfies a science credit requirement for students on the Foundation
High School Program.

ROBOTICS I

 
In Robotics I, students will transfer academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment through implementation of the design process. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test their designs. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the robotic and automation industry. 
 

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DESIGN

Scientific Research and Design is a broad-based course designed to allow districts and schools considerable flexibility to develop local curriculum to supplement any program of study or coherent sequence. The course has the components of any rigorous scientific or engineering program of study from the problem identification, investigation design, data collection, data analysis, formulation, and presentation of the conclusions. These components are integrated with the career and technical education emphasis of helping students gain entry-level employment in high-skill, high-wage jobs and/or continue their education. Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement.
Note: This course satisfies a science credit requirement for students on the Foundation High School Program.  

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DESIGN (HONORS)

This course covers the same concepts as Scientific Research and Design. The content is studied in greater depth and may include additional topics. This course is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations. Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. 
Note: This course satisfies a science credit requirement for students on the Foundation High School Program. 
 

SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS

In Solid State Electronics, students will demonstrate knowledge and applications of advanced circuits, electrical measurement, and electrical implementation used in the electronics and computer industries. Students will transfer advanced academic skills to apply engineering principles and technical skills to troubleshoot, repair, and modify electronic components, equipment, and power electronic systems in a project-based environment. Additionally, students will explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and educational needs in the electronics industry. Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations. 

STC DUAL ENROLLMENT ENGINEERING ACADEMY (DEEA)

DEEA is a two year-round dual enrollment program developed for high school juniors and seniors who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in engineering.  The purpose of the program is to increase the number of area students committed to careers in Manufacturing, Electrical, Industrial Engineering, and others. Contact your school Counselor for more information on how to enroll into this program. 


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