Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) are challenging and ever-changing. Students who pursue one of these career fields will be involved in planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services. The STEM courses are comprehensive and experienced-based. They allow students to investigate and experience the means by which humans meet their needs and wants, to solve problems, and extend their capabilities. Technology Education is concerned with the knowledge and skills to develop, produce, and use products or services and how to assess the impacts these activities have on humans and the world. The study of technology allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer their academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems, and settings. In addition to their general academic and technical knowledge and skills, students gain an understanding of career opportunities available in technology and what employers require for workers to gain and maintain employment in the 21stcentury.Possible career pathway models for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics include: Aerospace Engineer, Computer Engineer, Product Designer, Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Supervisor, Robotics Technician, Civil Engineer and Laser Technician.

     

    ENGINEERING DESIGN & PRESENTATION -Students enrolled in this course will demonstrate knowledge and skill of the process of design as it applies to engineering fields using software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings and prototypes. Students will use computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects. Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs. Additionally, students explore career opportunities in engineering, technology, and drafting and what is required to gain and maintain employment in these areas. This course fulfills the required local technology credit.

     

    ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION -allows students enrolled in this course to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for the robotic and automation industry. Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs in a project-based environment. Students will build prototypes or use simulation software to test their design. Additionally, students explore career opportunities, employer expectations, and education needs in the robotic and automation industry.

     

    ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN & PRESENTATION -allows students enrolled in this course to demonstrate knowledge and skill of the process of design as it applies to engineering fields using software applications and tools necessary to produce and present working drawings and prototypes. Students will use computer hardware and software applications to complete assignments and projects.  Through implementation of the design process, students will transfer advanced academic skills to component designs. Additionally, students explore career opportunities in engineering, technology, and drafting and what is required to gain and maintain employment in these areas.

     

    ENGINEERING DESIGN & PROBLEM SOLVING -is the creative process of solving problems by identifying needs and then devising solutions. The course reinforces and integrates skills learned in previous mathematics and science courses while stimulating students’ ingenuity, intellectual talents and practical skills in devising solutions to engineering design problems. Students will use the engineering design process cycle to investigate, design, plan, create and evaluate solutions while fostering an awareness of the social and ethical implications of technological development. This course fulfills the state requirement for a 4th Science credit

     

    PRACTICUM IN STEM -is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. The practicum course is a paid or unpaid capstone experience for students participating in a coherent sequence of career and technical education courses in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics career cluster.

     

    SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH & DESIGN – AEROSPACE – This course is designed for the student interested in pursuing a career in the aerospace industry. It is the first of two courses allowing students to explore aerospace science in a lab-based environment while improving fundamental research skills, applying statistical analysis and enhancing oral and visual presentation techniques. Students work in teams on research projects and learn how to structure, organize and present the project in one or more formal presentations to a panel of judges. This course complements the current middle school Aerospace program and High School Rocketry Teams. It is available to all RISD students on the Rockwall-Heath High School campus. This course fulfills the state requirement for a 4th Science credit.

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