• Research and Design

    Course Description: S65011-S65012
    Research and Design is a course for the student who wants to explore engineering as a career. This course is project based. The student will learn physics of how simple machines work through a series of hands on activities and projects. Problem solving is utilized to overcome the problems of design, development, production and the testing of a product. Topics covered are from both applied technology and science, which could include but not limited to: robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, computer drafting, and computer controlled machining, optics, mechanical, electricity and magnetism. Students will work in design teams and present their achievements to the class in various competitions. Credit may be earned for Science or CTE. – Co-Req: Algebra 2

    Level: 11, 12                                                  Semesters: 2                                       Credit:1

    Prerequisites:
    Two years of science and completion of Algebra 2.                        Lab Fee Required
     

    Syllabus for Research and Design

     

    Students who are successful:

    Successful students are able to work well in small groups (teams of 2 to 4 students) as well as on their own. 

    Text:   There is no text book for the class.

    A typical week includes:

    We use an engineering design process on all of the projects.   One week you may be creating a detailed drawing for a project and the next week you may be building your project. 

    Regarding homework:

    Most of the work is completed in class. There are occasions in which a document or drawing must be completed at home.
     

    Course topics/outline:

    The course is project based. Typical projects include trebuchets, mouse trap cars, sumo bots, and/or bridges/cranes
     

    Biotechnology 

     

    Course Description: S460W2 (Weighted)
    This course actively examines several of the main concepts surrounding genetic engineering as it pertains to society today. This area of science is continually changing as technology improves and more is learned about the genome. Concepts included in the course study include a more in depth study of DNA structure, genetic disorders and inheritance of traits, the genetic modification of organisms, and the pros and cons surrounding the manipulation of DNA. This is a weighted, lab intensive course connecting concepts learned in both introductory biology and chemistry. Students taking this course should have a strong foundation in these areas and be able to and willing to work collaboratively in a precise lab setting.

    Level: 11, 12                                                       Semesters: 1                                                        Credit: ½ 

    Prerequisites: Biology AND Chemistry (Honors or Regular for each)            Lab Fee required

     
    Syllabus for Biotechnology
     

    Students who are successful:
    Students should be self-motivated and have an interest in actively participating in lab experiments that are technical in nature and take several days to complete. The main focus of the labs involves genetic engineering as it applies to various organisms.

    Text: Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium 

    A typical week includes: 
    Most weeks involve group work, lab activity, and the analysis of data. There are occasion where material will be lectured for further understanding of the concepts presented in the labs.

    Regarding homework:
    It is expected that a lab notebook compiling each of the labs will be completed on a regular basis as lab work progresses. There are several projects completed throughout the semester, but there is not much day to day work that would be considered extra practice.

    Course topics/outline: 
    DNA structure, protein synthesis and the expression of traits, mutations in DNA relating to genetic disorders, polymerase chain reaction as it applies to crime scene analysis and inherited traits, and genetically modified organisms including bacteria, food, and animals. 

    Other information: 
    Students have been successful coming from both the general and the enriched classes in this course. However, all students need to be self-directed learners and willing to work in a collaborative environment. The synthesis and application of the key concepts will be stressed and assessed more than the rote memorization of facts. Students must be willing to take an active role in their learning in order to be successful in this course. This is a great class that offers learning opportunities that most high schools cannot offer, and most people are not exposed to these topics unless they are being studied as a biology major in college.

     

     

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Course Description: S430W1, S430W2 (Weighted)
    This course is designed to broaden the level of understanding through an in depth study of various topics within biology. Connections to previous learning activities can be drawn from to further study anatomy, physiology, and other current biological topics. Several dissections are required, which may include a cat, cow eye, sheep brain, and pig heart. This class is designed to prepare students to be successful in a college biology course. Students considering this course should be self-directed learners with strong reading comprehension skills. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course. 
    Level: 11, 12                                                       Semesters: 1                                                        Credit: ½ (weighted)

    Prerequisites: Biology AND Chemistry (Honors or Regular for each)            Lab Fee required

     
    Text: Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology

    Students who are successful:
    Students should be self-motivated and have an interest in actively participating in specimen dissection.  This course is recommended for students who have an interest in learning more about the body systems, especially students considering a career in the medical field.

    A typical week includes:
    Most weeks involve group work, lab activity, and the process of uncovering the material being presented.  There are occasions where material will be lectured for further understanding of the concepts presented in the activities.

    Regarding homework:
    This course really works on the self-directed learner component of the district mission statement.  There is work that will be suggested for the students to complete on a daily basis.  However, these assignments are not collected for points.  There are several larger projects completed over the course of the semester that make up a larger component of the overall grade.

    Course topics/outline:
    Histology (tissues at a cellular level), muscular, skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems, and epidemiology; dissections include the muscular system of the cat, a cow eye, a pig heart, and a sheep brain.

    Other information: Students have been successful coming from both the general and the enriched classes in this course.  However, all students need to be self-directed learners and willing to work in a collaborative environment.  Anatomy and physiology by nature involves the memorization of information related to structure and function, so students who have strong memorization skills have been more successful in the past.  Students must be willing to take an active role in their learning in order to be successful in this course.  Most students have really enjoyed this course, especially the ones who had a positive experience with the fetal pig dissection.  It is an especially great opportunity for students who are looking towards careers that will require skills in dissection and performing in a lab practical situation.  
    As a one semester, lab-based course, daily attendance is critical. Any student with any sort of attendance concerns (such as multiple college visits, numerous doctor appointments, etc.) may have to redefine their definition of success in this course.