The following career technical education courses are offered at SWMS:
Computer Science Discoveries/CSD 1:
Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory course for 6 - 10th grade students that can be flexibly taught as a single semester or two semesters. Mapped to CSTA standards, the course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user-centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices. Students in CSD 1 learn the basic computer coding and programming language.
Computer Science Discoveries/CSD 2:
Computer Science Discoveries 2 covers topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data providing students with a real world concept of computer science. Students will be empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun at the advanced level.
Design and Modeling/DM:
Provides students opportunities to apply the design process to creatively solve problems. Students are introduced to the unit problem in the first activity and are asked to make connections to the problem throughout the lessons in the unit. Students learn and utilize methods for communicating design ideas through sketches, solid models, and mathematical models. Students will understand how models can be simulated to represent an authentic situation and generate data for further analysis and observations. Students work in teams to identify design requirements, research the topic, and engage stakeholders. Teams design a toy or game for a child with cerebral palsy, fabricate and test it, and make necessary modifications to optimize the design solution.
Automation and Robotics/AR:
Students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics® platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.
Flight and Space/FS:
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil.
In this unit, students learn how to apply green concepts to the fields of architecture and construction. They explore dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability and apply what they have learned to design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
Computer Science for Innovators and Makers/CSIM:
Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.
This unit will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.
Exploring Careers and Employment:
This course is comprised of two instructional modules designed to provide project-based instruction in self-awareness, understanding the world of work and the career planning process. The two modules covered explore the world of work, employment success and job search techniques. Students also participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities. These activities provide students the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences. Language and mathematics are reinforced.
Exploring Business Activities:
This course is comprised of two instructional modules designed to provide project-based instruction to explore the nature of business in an international economy and the concept of entrepreneurship. The two modules covered are principles of business and concepts of entrepreneurship. Emphasis is on using the computer while exploring the nature of business with problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students also participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities. These activities provide students the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences. Language arts and mathematics are reinforced.