STEM at NFHS

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NFHS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

STEM: BIOSCI/MATH INTERACTIONS

SCI336 – 2.0 credits (1 credit – sci; 1 credit – math)

This is a very unique course only offered at Niagara Falls High School in one our brand new state-of-the-art STEM classrooms. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers are the most rapidly growing fields in today’s work force. Using the latest technology and the newest equipment such as autoclaves, gel electrophoresis, and digital microscopy, students will gain real-world experiences in some of the most relevant 21st century topics. Concussion awareness, infectious diseases, and the human genome project are just some of the topics that will be studied in detail. The focus of the class will be project-based inquiry learning which develops a student’s ability to develop modern day work force skills.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the NYS Living Environment Regents Exam, NYS Integrated Algebra/Common Core Algebra I Exam, and NYS Global Exam.

EXAM: NFCSD Final Exam

 

STEM: APPLIED MATH/SCI INNOVATIONS

MAT 336 – 2.0 Credits (1 credit – sci; 1 credit- math)

The Applied Innovations STEM classroom offers a rich exposure to computer design, product based engineering, biomanufacturing, and nanotechnology. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers are the most rapidly growing fields in today’s work force. Students will have an opportunity to work with 3D Scanners and Printers, CNC Routers, and Laser Cutters to create both physical and virtual manipulatives while studying pre-engineering, engineering, and advanced manufacturing topics. The focus of the class will be project-based inquiry learning which develops a student’s ability to adapt to modern day work force skills.  
   Said teacher Amy Kilmer, “We are a project based classroom. Each unit of study explores current advancements in STEM-related fields, while focusing on a different area of science. Applied mathematical concepts will be needed in every aspect of the course as well. Students must be comfortable with working independently and in groups to complete in-class activities and projects, including a quarterly portfolio.”
Present Topics, Projects or Activities
 
Forces in Motion -
          Concussion
          G-Force
          Newton's Laws
          Automobile Engineering
          Design/Build/Test
 
Medical Advancements
          
          Biomimicry
          Biomanufacturing
          Electromagnetic radiation
          UV Light and skin cancer
          Nanotechnology
  Prosthetics and the Human Body
          
Sustainability -
          Alternate Sources of Energy
          Circuit Boards
          Ohm's Law
          Environmental Impacts
          Electricity
 
Technology/Software
          Technical Drawing
          Laser Engraving
          Solidworks
          3D Printing
          CNC Routing
          Vinyl Cutting
          Coding

 
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the NYS Living Environment Regents Exam,
NYS Integrated Algebra/Common Core Algebra I Exam and the NYS Global Exam.

 

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