• The STEM Academy at Landmark

    Course Descriptions

    STEM Academy Team Members

    Ms. Avis Collier – 6th & 8th grade STEM/CTE

    Ms. DeVina DeLoach – 7th & 8th grade STEM/CTE

    Mr. Joseph Snyder – 6th & 7th grade STEM/CTE

     

    Exploring of Technical Design Technology NEW TO LANDMARK!

    Grade 6 - Semester Long

    In Exploration of Technical Design Technology students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students will learn thumbnail, perspective, isometric, and multi-view sketching as methods for communicating design ideas effectively without the use of technology, learn conversions between two measurement systems and apply measurement skills while dimensioning sketches, and conduct a mechanical dissection to better understand how objects and parts interact.  Students will use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions.

    Curriculum: Project Lead The Way

     

    Business Keyboarding

    Grade 6 – Semester Long

    The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Business Management and Administration career cluster.  The content includes but is not limited to instruction in introductory keyboarding, introductory word processing, introductory electronic presentation, introductory computer hardware, introductory Internet, and skills for business applications.

    Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.

    Curriculum: uCertify

    Digital Tools: CyberSecurity, Word Processing, Communications

     

    Digital Discoveries in Society

    Grade 7 – Year Long

    Part 1 – 1st year

    Digital Discoveries in Society is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.  In addition to fundamental computer information, the content includes but is not limited to digital technologies associated with problem solving, computer components, internet safety and ethics, web development, animations and games, basic programming techniques, and physical computing. The first six units in the course encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression.  Units seven and eight encourage the students to look outward and explore the impact of computer science on society. 

    Curriculum: Code.org, uCertify

    Digital Tools: Web Design, Gaming

    Part 2 – 2nd year

    Students will dive into block-based coding with the use of Code.org and PLTW App Creators.  Students will be introduced to computer science through the development of mobile apps. Students will develop authentic solutions to problems and learn about the positive impact the application of computer science has on other academic disciplines and society. Students will customize their app creating experience by choosing problems that are interesting to them in the areas of health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service, and school culture. Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.

    Curriculum: Code.org, uCertify

    Digital Tools: Minecraft Coding

     

    Coding Fundamentals

    Grade 8 – Semester Long

    Coding Fundamentals assists Information Technology students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the career cluster. The content includes but is not limited to foundational knowledge and skills related to computer coding and software development. Students will learn programming basics and gain experience using a software compiler.  Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.

    Students will learn the fundamentals of coding and programming with the use of PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers curriculum.  CSIM teaches students that programming goes beyond the virtual world into the physical world. Students are challenged to creatively use sensors and actuators to develop systems that interact with their environment. Designing algorithms and using computation thinking practices, they code and upload programs to microcontrollers that perform a variety of authentic tasks. CSIM broadens students’ understanding of computer science concepts through application.

     

    Curriculum: Project Lead The Way, uCertify

    Digital Tools: Programming & Logic, Lego Spike, Computing Essentials

     

    Exploration of Green Construction and Architectural Technology NEW TO LANDMARK!

    Grade 8 – Semester Long

    Students will learn how to apply green concepts to the fields of architecture and construction. They will explore dimensioning, measuring and architectural sustainability and apply what they have learned to design affordable housing. Green Architecture shows students that in a world of increasing costs, from construction materials to energy use, it is important to expose the next generation of builders to the concepts of “being green”. In the wake of a hurricane, tsunami, or forest fire, many affordable homes are needed quickly; students will learn how to provide necessary housing and repurpose otherwise unused building materials.

    Curriculum: Project Lead The Way