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Biotechnology 1-2 - Biotechnology is the study and manipulation of living things or their component molecules, cells, tissues or organs.This course is designed to prepare students for positions and careers in the biotechnology industry. It is two semesters of a multiple semester career pathway. Its goals and expectations are different than in most courses. Biotechnology sectors include 

Industrial and Environmental, Medical/Pharmaceutal, Agricultural Biotechnology, and Diagnostic Research Biotechnology.


Biotechnology 3-4 - In this course, students continue to learn and apply skills in Biotechnology to reach pathway goals. One such goal is getting the "Big Picture": developing an overall understanding of the goals and functions of the biotechnology industry. Another goal is to gain experience with the processes used in the biotechnology industry, including experimental design, use of scientific equipment, data analysis and interpretation, critical thinking, and communication. A third goal is the development of good business practices, organizational skills, and self-reliance.


Introduction to Design - Students learn to use engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering principles to open ended, hands-on projects. Students learn to document their design solutions in an engineering notebook to industry standards. Students learn to create technical drawings to ASME Y14.5 drawing standards. During the year, students perform an innovation to a common item, and design and develop a new product from a concept. They work both individually and in teams to provide design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and available technology in the class fabrication lab.


Computer Science Software Engineering - In Computer Science Essentials, students use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to text-based programming with languages such as Python to create apps and develop websites, and learn how to make computers work together to put their design into practice. They’ll apply computational thinking practices, build their vocabulary, and collaborate just as computing professionals do to create products that address topics and problems important to them.Computer Science Essentials helps students create a strong foundation to advance to Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, and beyond.


AP Computer Science Principles - Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment.


Principles of Engineering explores a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation. This survey course of engineering exposes students to major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community.


Aerospace Engineering is a specialization course developed by Project Lead The Way®. Aerospace Engineering explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, physics of flight and flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.


Digital Electronics - From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.


Computer Integrated Manufacturing - Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system.


Engineering Design and Development -

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