At the Academy of Science and Engineering, we implement the STEM Academy - STEM 101 Curriculum that is based upon national standards and identified best practices to advance STEM literacy for all students. Programming was developed with emphasis on gender, racial and socio-economic concerns. Students establish Engineering Habits of the Mind, which include an open-ended problem solving capacity. Course content is accessible via internet and is project-based.
To ensure ASE students are on par with their national and international peers, our students are assessed using national pre- and post-examinations. These examinations are designed and scored through an unbiased third party to insure the integrity of the process and verify that the content has been learned and outcomes and standards have been met by the student. Students may earn up to (3) credits for course completion from a national network of university, career and technical college partners.
FOUNDATION COURSE SCHEDULE
All ASE students must take and successfully pass the Foundation Course Schedule. The Schedule consists of three classes: Introduction to Engineering, 3-D Modeling, and Principles of Engineering. These courses feature learning activities based upon STEM principles that challenge students to develop critical thinking and problem solving capacity. The real-world learning activities utilize resources demanded by the industry today and of tomorrow. Students activities explore aerodynamics, aeronautics, alternative energy, architecture, biotechnology, electronics, engineering, material science, robotics and sustainability.
ASE - STEM Academy- STEM 101 Foundation Course Schedule (Three Courses):
1. INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING is a basic introduction to engineering for all students. Students who complete this course will learn the concepts necessary in order to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve our lives. Exciting hands-on learning activities like radio control car building, improving/designing consumer products, and destructive testing apply math, science, history and English content from other courses in a STEM experience.
2. 3D SOLID MODELING is an interactive course that allows students to explore the practical applications of the concepts that they learn. This STEM course has many activities and exercises that enable students to put design concepts into practice. Students create their ideas such as artificial heart components, extreme sports equipment, hip replacement parts, robotic arm components, musical instruments and their parts as well as many others. Ideas become reality in this course.
3. PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING is a course that provides opportunities for students and teachers to link content together and apply it to solve problems. More and more jobs demand advanced skills, requiring that people be able to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems. An understanding of science, technology, engineering and math and their methods contribute in an essential way to these skills. Principles of engineering is a team based advanced course designed for most students. Students who complete this course will engage in real world case studies and learning activities that focus on the engineering process and making the world a better place to live and work.
STEM 101 ELECTIVES
Beginning in the 2014-2015 School Year, these STEM electives will be added to our STEM Pathways Curriculum:
4. ARCHITECTURE FEATURING GREEN METHODS
Beginning in the 2015-2016 School Year, the following electives will be added to our STEM Pathways Curriculum:
5. MATERIAL SCIENCE
6. FOUNDATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY
Beginning in the 2016-2017 School Year, these STEM electives will be added to our STEM Pathways Curriculum:
9. INTRODUCTION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY
8. GREEN BUILDING SCIENCE
9. DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURING