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NHHS STEM Academy Pathways of Study

Course 1: Foundations of Engineering Course Description: This STEM driven course provides an overview of engineering and technology including the different methods used in the engineering design process developing fundamental technology and engineering literacy. Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned through various project based activities while using an engineering design process to successfully master the “E” in STEM.
Course 2: Engineering Concepts Course Description: This STEM driven course introduces students to the fundamental principles of engineering. Students learn about areas of specialization within engineering and engineering design, and apply engineering tools and procedures as they complete hands-on instructional activities.
Course 3: Engineering Applications or IB Design Technology, Year 1 Course Description for Engineering Applications: This STEM driven course provides students with the opportunity to apply engineering design as they develop a solution for a technological problem. Students use applications of mathematics and science to predict the success of an engineered solution and complete hands-on activities with tools, materials, and processes as they develop a working drawings and prototypes.  
Computer Science
Course 1: Introduction to Digital Technology Course Description: The foundational course and is designed for students to understand, communicate, & adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society, and the business world. Exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, software, programming, web design, IT support, and networks are all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project focused tasks. Students will not only understand the concepts, but apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Employability skills are integrated into activities, tasks, and projects throughout the course standards to demonstrate the skills required by business and industry
Course 2: Computer Science Principles Engage your creativity, demonstrate and build your problem solving ability all while connecting the relevance of computer science to the society! Focuses on building a solid understanding and foundation in computer science and emphasizes the content, practices, thinking and skills central to the discipline of computer science.
Course 3: Computer Science A Conforms to the College Board syllabus for the Advanced Placement Computer Science Examination. Covers programming methodology, features of programming languages, fundamental data structures, algorithms, and computer systems. Students taking this course must take the AP exam.
 Biotechnology Research and Development
Course 1: Introduction to Healthcare Science Course Description: Introduction to Healthcare Science is the foundational course for all Health Science pathways and is a prerequisite for all other Healthcare Science pathway courses. The course will enable students to receive initial exposure to the many Healthcare Science careers as well as employability, communication, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare industry. The concepts of human growth and development, interaction with patients and family members, health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as the legal, ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated included microbiology, basic life support, and first aid. This course will provide students with a competitive edge to be the better candidate for either entry into the healthcare global marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training. The prerequisite for this course is advisor approval.
Course 2: Essentials of Biotechnology Course Description: This is the second course in the career pathway that introduces students to the broad understanding of the fundamentals of biotechnology and the impact on society. The knowledge and skills in this course provide a basic overview of current trends and careers in biotechnology, with an emphasis on basic laboratory skills, along with the business, regulatory, and ethical aspects of biotechnology. The prerequisite for the course is Introduction to Healthcare Science Technology.
Course 3: Applications of Biotechnology Course Description: This course further introduces students to the fundamentals of biotechnology. Included in this course are additional applications and techniques in biotechnology that expand and increase the student’s comprehension of how biotechnology utilizes living systems to create products and enhance lives. In addition, laboratory applications learned in this course form the pivotal component distinguishing science theory from application in bioscience, like that of engineering and mathematics. Bioscience and the application of laboratory technique to the manipulation of living systems is a cornerstone of pharmaceutical, medical device, forensic science, environmental science, agriculture, alternative fuel, and green chemistry.
NOTE: Course 4 for ALL pathways will be an internship through Work-Based Learning, IB Design Technology—Year 2, or Scientific Research.