NCSSM

30205X0  Honors Forensic Science (4.5 points for FR/SO, 5 points for JR/SR

[Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Honors Biology and Math III/strong writing skills]

This course focuses on the application of basic biological, chemical and physical science principles and technological practices to the purposes of justice in the study of forensic science as it relates to judicial and civil issues. The class is designed around authentic performance assessments with students working in teams to solve crimes using scientific knowledge and reasoning. Through lab work, students will apply inference and deductive reasoning to the investigation and potential solving of crimes. It involves all areas of science including biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, and earth science with an emphasis in complex reasoning and critical thinking. In addition, students must incorporate the use of technology, communication skills, language arts, art, family and consumer science, mathematics and social studies. This course requires the ability to write clear and concise lab and investigative reports. Good writing skills are imperative. This course also deals with graphic content. Parents are asked to sign a permission slip at the beginning of the course, but students are expected to be mature when dealing with this content.

 

 

30205X0  Honors Forensic Science: Anthropology 

 (4.5 points for FR/SO, 5 points for JR/SR

[Prerequisite: Honors Forensic Science]

This upper level science course provides a broad overview of forensic anthropology – an applied field of biological anthropology that seeks to recover, identify, and evaluate human skeletal remains within a medico-legal context. In this course, students will learn to identify the bones of the human skeleton, as well as basic recovery techniques and crime scene investigation. We will then apply this knowledge towards the techniques used by forensic anthropologists to determine sex, age at death, ancestry, and stature; and how to estimate time since death and identification of trauma to bone. Finally, students will explore the role forensic anthropologists play in mass disaster and human rights investigations, as well as the associated ethical responsibilities that come with working with human skeletal remains.  This course requires the ability to write clear and concise lab and investigative reports. Good writing skills are imperative.


 

33605X0 Honors Genetics and Biotechnology  (4.5 points for FR/SO, 5 points for JR/SR

Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Honors Biology and Math III/strong writing skills

What do crime scene investigations, agriculture, medicine, conservation biology and manufacturing have in common? They have all been revolutionized by biotechnology! Almost every day, we read about new developments in the rapidly changing fields of genetics and DNA-based biotechnology.  In this course, students will first explore classical genetics and then move onto examining the structure and function of DNA and proteins. With state-of-the-art laboratory experiments, students will analyze DNA fingerprints from a crime scene, genetically transform bacteria and investigate their own DNA! Finally, they will survey the applications of biotechnology in many diverse fields and discuss in depth how biotechnology is changing our daily lives and our future. With the decline of traditional manufacturing in North Carolina, biotechnology is positioned to become a vital part of North Carolina’s 21st century economy.

 

34305X0 Honors Physics 

 (4.5 points for FR/SO, 5 points for JR/SR

Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Math III

This course is a hands-on, inquiry based introductory course which combines both “conceptual” and “mathematical” approaches to learning physics. The course covers the laws of mechanics and their applications. Students will learn to solve real problems by investigating real systems.  Investigations will cover physics topics that are fun and engaging for the students. Students will design experiments, use accurate measuring equipment and construct and test conclusions based on accurate data.

 

30205X0EST            Honors Aerospace and Engineering 

 (4.5 points for FR/SO, 5 points for JR/SR

Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Math III

In this course, students design problems related to aerospace information systems, astronautics, rocketry, propulsion, the physics of space science, space life sciences, the biology of space science, principles of aeronautics, structures and materials, and systems engineering. Using 3-D design software, students work in teams utilizing hands-on activities, projects, and problems and are exposed to various situations encountered by aerospace engineers.

 

2A017X0            AP Calculus BC

[Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB]

This course provides a study of calculus incorporating topics covered in AB Calculus and continues the study of differentiation and integration. Through class discussions, problem solving, and writing assignments, students further discover the important concepts of calculus, develop an understanding of these concepts, and use them in solving realistic problems.  Topics covered include the derivative, local linearity of functions, applications of the derivative, limits, differential equations, slope fields, Euler’s method, definite and indefinite integrals, numerical approximations, techniques and applications of integrals, Taylor series, improper integrals, and parametric and polar equations. Students also focus on skills necessary for success on the AP BC Calculus examination. A small packet of problems will be required over the summer.


PLTW

TP127X0  PLTW Principles of Engineering (5 points for FR/SO, 6 points for JR/SR)      

In this foundation Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering (PTE) course, students survey engineering and are exposed to major concepts they will encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges while documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Art, English language arts, mathematics and science are reinforced.  Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course. Technology Student Association (TSA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

*Due to potentially hazardous processes and equipment a maximum enrollment of 20 is recommended.


TP227X0  PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing (5 points for FR/SO, 6 points for JR/SR)

[Prerequisite: Pathway to Engineering (PTE) Foundation courses]

In this specialization Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering (PTE) course, students answer the questions: How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? As students find the answers to these questions, they learn about the history of manufacturing, a sampling of manufacturing processes, robotics and automation. The course is built around several key concepts: computer modeling, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, robotics, and flexible manufacturing systems. Art, English language arts, mathematics and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course.  Technology Student Association (TSA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

*Due to potentially hazardous processes and equipment a maximum         enrollment of 20 is recommended.


TP317X0 PLTW Engineering Design and Development (5 points for FR/SO, 6 points for JR/SR)      

Prerequisite: Pathway to Engineering (PTE) Specialization Course 

In this capstone Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering (PTE) coursestudents will work in teams to research, design, test and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The product development life cycle and a design process are used to guide and help the team to reach a solution to the problem. The team presents and defends their solution to a panel of outside reviewers at the conclusion of the course. The EDD course allows students to apply all the skills and knowledge learned in previous Project Lead the Way courses. The use of 3D design software helps students design solutions to the problem their team has chosen. This course also engages students in time management and teamwork skills, a valuable skill set for students in the future. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are not available for this course. Technology Student Association (TSA) competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences. *Due to potentially hazardous processes and equipment a maximum enrollment of 20 is recommended. 


Adobe

II315X0    Adobe Visual Design - HN (4.5 points for FR/SO, 5 points for JR/SR

This course is a project-based course that develops ICT, career, and communication skills in print and graphic design using Adobe tools. This course is aligned to Adobe Photoshop, In-design, and Illustrator certification. English language arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are possible for this course. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

 

 

II335X0    Adobe Video Design - HN (4.5 points for FR/SO, 5 points for JR/SR

[Prerequisite: Adobe Visual Design]

This course is a project-based video course that develops career and communication skills in video production using Adobe tools. This course is aligned to Adobe Premiere certification. English language arts are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include job shadowing. Apprenticeship and cooperative education are possible for this course. SkillsUSA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences


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