North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
A growing number of Burke County Public Schools students are finding that staying enrolled in their current school while also taking challenging IVC classes at The STEAM Academy that are taught and managed by NCSSM is a great option — and one that catches the eyes of college admissions officers. NCSSM could be the perfect way to design your future.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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