Health and Physical Education
Health Education-This course is designed to promote learning with regard to health issues that affect your immediate and long-term health. Maintaining a healthy way of living requires a balance of physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. During this course you will gain the knowledge and skills to live a healthy life.
Physical Education- You will participate in physical activities that allow you to develop an understanding of the physical abilities of yourselves and others. You will become aware of the social benefits of physical activity through participation. Ultimately, you will be given the knowledge and skills to live a healthy and active life!
This class focuses on technique and great music. Class format consists of a warm-up to enhance core strengthening, balance, and extensions through isolations, rhythmic exercises, and floor stretches. Students study ballet & modern dance technique, and learn to build combinations and routines. Class includes across the floor patterns, short dance routines and show dances.
Band is intended for students who wish to learn to play traditional band instruments through class instruction: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion. Instrumentation is limited unless you have access to your own instrument. Please see Ms. Fitzgerald during “breakfast” if you have questions.
General Music and World Drumming
General Music introduces students to the world history of music. We will explore the world cultures through their musical heritage. We also have a very innovative and engaging world drumming curriculum popular school wide. We will also delve into the unique aspects of the music of the United States.
B-BOLD is a very special leadership development class that helps you: 1) Learn about the unique and amazing person that you are; 2) Learn about the importance of accepting each other’s differences; and 3) Discovering some of the ways you would like to help make Wilson (and our world) a better place for everyone. This is a fun and creative class that allows you to express yourself through writing/poetry, music, photography, speaking, dancing, rapping… If you would like to B-BOLD, then this class is for you!
Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a college preparatory support program for students who have the desire and determination to go to a four-year college. Students in AVID build and refine their academic skills (focusing on Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading—WICOR). Rigorous in-class tutorials assist students in increasing their achievement in academic classes. Motivational activities, guest speakers, and field trips further enhance the course.
Theater / Drama
This course explores theater arts through the use of creative dramatics, diction, vocal expression, improvisation, dramatization, technical theater, audience etiquette, and theater appreciation. Part of the diction study will include introduction of people/speakers, campaign speeches for school officers, and more.
Earth and Environmental Science - 8th Grade Only
This course fulfills the Earth/Environmental Science high school graduation requirement. This course is laboratory-based science class emphasizing the function of the earth’s systems. Emphasis is placed on the human interactions with the earth’s geologic and environmental systems, predictability of a dynamic earth, origin and evolution of the earth system and universe, geochemical cycles and energy in the earth system.
Project Lead the Way - Flight and Space
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. You will explore the science behind aeronautics (flight) and use your knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil (wing). If you like building things and thinking about how things fly, this class is for you. We will bring all of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts together to build and test lots of different flying and space designs.
Project Lead the Way - App Creators
In App Creators students will be exposed to analyzing and developing solutions to real-world problems through mobile app development. You will get to customize your experience by choosing a problem of interest to you from the areas of health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service, and school culture. The apps you create in this PLTW course could be the next featured app in the app store!
Project Lead the Way - Science of Technology
Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. In this unit, students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.
Project Lead the Way - Design and Modeling
Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.
Computer Science Discoveries I, II, III
Wilson STEM Academy is one of the very few Computer Immersion and Computational Thinking magnets within Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. As such we are thrilled to offer a comprehensive course of study encompassing coding, hardware, software and design thinking. We will explore both online and stand alone software and applications and enter the world of computer hardware too! All sixth grade and transfer students are required to take a section of CSD I. CSD II and CSD III are available after a scholar has successfully completed CSD I or Computer Science for Innovators and Makers.
Help Desk for Middle School -
What do you do if you have a school with 500 students all of whom are using TWO different devices each?
Well if you are at the Wilson STEM Academy you teach a select group of these students to organize, maintain, and repair these devices and many, many more. This unique and exclusive class will learn how to run a Learning Commons, a Creator Space Lab, and the maintenance of hundreds of different devices. This class will not only focus on the "stuff" but will also focus on the personal skills needed to excel in this very customer service driven and technological world. The class will begin second semester and is open to all grades. The class is by invitation only so if you are interested please see Mr. Martin in the Learning Commons for an application.