Advanced STEM Research
Advanced STEM Research is a yearlong project-based course. The primary purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity for firsthand, supervised research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. “Research” is defined as mentored, but self-directed, work that enables individual students or a small group of students in collaboration with faculty members to explore an issue of interest to them, to conduct the in-depth investigation/experiments/design, and to communicate their results to others. Projects may involve inquiry, planning, design, investigation, creation, discovery, or application, depending on the topic, and the student is aware of how her or his project fits into and contributes to solving the larger problem to which it belongs.
This course is an exciting and challenging course which delves into many of the topics studied in Living Environment. If you love biology and wish to know more, this class is for you. Topics like evolution, DNA, protein synthesis and cancer causing oncogenes will be studied in detail. We will "connect up" each concept to real life situations. As part of the varied curriculum, there are 12 required labs. This class will prepare you for the AP exam in May. We will prepare all year long with quizzes, exams and practice essay writing. We will discuss test taking strategies. Nightly reading is a must to prepare for lively class discussions.
Audio Science is a class in which we will explore concepts of audio manipulation and creation to facilitate personal expression and self-examination. The scientific method will be utilized, but we are more Frankenstein than Einstein. Our efforts will be daring and bold. We will break rules. Thereby we will gain a better understanding of ourselves and our places in the world. As a new class, we are also pioneers. Each member of the class must advocate for his or her needs, ensuring that we never lose sight of our common goal of mutual learning.
Biology is the first step toward a high school diploma and the first opportunity to satisfy the science Regents requirement through Living Environment. As the students’ first “taste” of science, it is exciting and relevant. The course will cover topics such as biotechnology, stem cell research, cloning, evolution, reproduction and man’s impact on the environment.
The scientific method will be explored by questioning how advertising claims should be challenged. We will look for evidence, which is the basis for all good science. We will be curious and search for the truth, hallmarks of all good scientists. There is a weekly lab component with exciting hands-on activities required by the New York State Board of Regents.
The study of chemistry is fundamental for anyone who is going to make their way through our modern world. Chemistry is everywhere in our modern society. Plastics, foods, cosmetics, medical diagnostics, microchips, the environment, genetic engineering as well as other areas all have made full use of centuries of investigation into the fundamental behavior of matter. Learning chemistry gives you a unique and powerful perspective on understanding the world around you.
As in biology, chemistry is a laboratory-based course. This means that you will have many opportunities to carry out experiments which will strengthen your understanding of the subject. In Chemistry you study about matter, the ways in which matter changes, and the ways in which energy is involved in these changes. Chemistry enables you to better understand the phenomena of everyday life.
Introduction to Sports Medicine
The objective of this course is to give the student an overview of the field of athletic training. Basic care and prevention techniques used in treating today’s athletes and athletic injuries will be the main focus. Students will be exposed to areas including basic anatomy, First Aid & CPR and current topics related to the field of sports medicine. Units will include discussions about the elbow, hand, knee, shoulder and wrist injuries, as well as concussions.
Physics is the most basic of the living and nonliving sciences. In the study of physics we discover the inner workings of things like motion, force, energy, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism and the atomic world. While mathematics is part of the language of physics it is not the only way to study the subject. The attentive use of our senses and the verbal expression of what they show us take us a long way to understanding the physical world. The course, therefore, depends greatly on classroom demonstrations and laboratory experiments for understanding. The course meets six times per week (four recitations and one double-period laboratory). Students must take the regents examination in June.
Psychology (Can be credited as a Science or Social Studies class)
Introduction to Psychology is a year long course designed to provide you with an overview of the field of psychology. The study of psychology involves a broad range of theories and topics, some of which are complementary and others contradictory. Nonetheless, each perspective is essential to understanding the science behind how people think, feel, and act in a variety of situations. Humans are curious beings, especially in examining their own thoughts, perceptions, and behavior. Likewise, the main objective of the course is to spark your interest in the field of psychology, to see its relevance in your everyday lives, as well as to consider future opportunities for self-reflection and study.
Robotics and Engineering Design
Robotics and Engineering Design is a project-based course that uses a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts/skills of robotics and the principles/processes of engineering design, focusing on the construction and programming of autonomous mobile robots. Course information will be tied to lab experiments; students will work in groups to build and test increasingly more complex mobile robots, culminating in an end-of-semester robot contest, and a year-end demonstration. We will be using VEX Robotic Design System as our platform. Students will be divided into groups and complete a variety of robot construction and programming activities within the confines of these groups.