STEM

  • STEM Programs of Study 

    • BIOSTEM
    • Engineering 
    • Technology 

    BIOSTEM Courses & Sequencing 

    • Level 1 - C21H07H Honors BIOSTEM I
      • 1 credit, open to grades 9 & 10
      • Satisfies lab science credit for graduation requirement 
      • Introduction to BioSTEM is an introductory biotechnology course and is a foundational course in the STEM cluster for students. Content includes aseptic technique, pipetting, measurement, DNA structure and function, DNA extraction, restriction digest, gel electrophoresis, with an emphasis on the scientific method, bioethics, and careers in biotechnology. Upon completion of this course, students will successfully be able to transition to Biotechnology II in which they will build on learned laboratory skills necessary to function in a biotech lab. This class counts as lab science.
    • Level 2 - C21H08H Honors BIOSTEM II
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): BIOSTEM I
      • Satisfies lab science credit for graduation requirement
      • BIOSTEM II is the follow-up course to Introduction to BIOSTEM I. A lecture, discussion, and project-based course that focuses on the molecular and genetic tools used to analyze and modify genetic material and used to modify organisms to produce desired small molecules and proteins. Topics will include the properties and uses of biotechnology-useful enzymes, sequencing techniques, PCR, cloning vectors and hosts, DNA and protein microarrays, directed mutagenesis, and the manipulation of expression (and its levels) of particular gene products. The experimental and model systems that will be studied include bacteria, yeast, and plants. This class counts as a lab science.
    • Level 3 - C21H09H Honors BIOSTEM III
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): BIOSTEM I & II
      • Satisfies lab science credit for graduation requirement
      • Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to identify and explain the steps in the scientific inquiry processes.  Students will build on knowledge and skills learned in the first two courses to pose discrete questions and design scientific investigations to answer those questions.  Basic mathematical modeling and data analysis is key as well as effectively communicating the results. Students will be preparing for an internship at a local lab in the next course, Biotechnology Practicum. This class counts as lab science.
    • Level 4 - C21H10H Honors BIOSTEM Practicum (WBL)
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): BIOSTEM I, II, III
      • Satisfies lab science credit for graduation requirement
      • BioSTEM Practicum is the fourth course in the STEM cluster for students interested in learning more about
        careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an emphasis in Biotechnology. This course provides opportunities for students to use skills and content learned during the first three courses in a real-world university or industry lab setting. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to identify, explain, and execute lab-based research utilizing the scientific inquiry processes. They will conduct research to develop meaningful questions, define simple problem scenarios and scientific investigations, develop fundamental design solutions, conduct basic mathematical modeling and data analysis, and effectively communicate solutions and scientific explanations to others. Students also will gain knowledge in how a biotechnology business works.

    Engineering Courses & Sequencing 

    • Level 1- C21H04H Honors Principles of Engineering & Technology 
      • 1 credit, open to grades 9 & 10
      • Principles of Engineering and Technology is a foundational course in the STEM cluster for students interested in learning more about careers in engineering and technology.  This course covers the basic skills required for engineering and technology fields of study.  Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to identify and explain the steps in the engineering design process.  They can evaluate an existing engineering design, use fundamental sketching and engineering drawing techniques, complete simple design projects using the engineering design process, and effectively communicate design solutions to others.
    • Level 2 - C21H05H Honors Engineering Design I
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Principles of Engineering & Technology
      • Engineering Design I is a fundamental course in the STEM cluster for students interested in developing their skills in preparation for careers in engineering and technology.  The course covers essential knowledge, skills, and concepts required for postsecondary engineering and technology fields of study.  Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to describe various engineering disciplines, as well as admissions requirements for postsecondary engineering and engineering technology programs in Tennessee.  They will also be able to identify simple and complex machines; calculate various ratios related to mechanisms; explain fundamental concepts related to energy; understand Ohm’s Law; follow the steps in the engineering design process to complete a team project; and effectively communicate design solutions to others.
    • Level 3 - C21H06H Honors Engineering Design II
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Principles of Engineering & Technology, Engineering Design I
      • Satisfies lab science credit for graduation requirement 
      • EPSO: Solid Works Industry Certification 
      • Engineering Design II is an applied course in the STEM career cluster for students interested in further developing their skills as future engineers.  This course covers the knowledge, skills, and concepts required for postsecondary engineering and technology fields of study.  Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to explain the differences between scientists and engineers, understand the importance of ethical practices in engineering and technology, identify components of control systems, describe differences between laws related to fluid power systems, explain why material and mechanical properties are important to design, create simple free body diagrams, use measurement devices employed in engineering, conduct basic engineering economic analysis, follow the steps in the engineering design process to complete a team project, and effectively communicate design solutions to others.
    • Level 4 - C21H14H Honors Engineering Practicum (WBL)
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Principles of Engineering & Technology, Engineering Design I & II
      • Engineering Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous Engineering courses within a professional, working environment.  In addition to developing an understanding of the professional and ethical issues encountered by engineers and technologists in the workplace, students learn to refine their skills in problem-solving, research, communication, data analysis, teamwork, and project management.  The course is highly customizable to meet local system needs: instruction may be delivered through school laboratory training or through work-based learning arrangements such as internships, cooperative education, service-learning, mentoring, and job shadowing.  Upon completion of the practicum, students will be better prepared for post-secondary study in engineering and technology fields. 

    Technology Courses & Sequencing 

    • Level 1 - C21H04H Honors Principles of Engineering & Technology 
      • 1 credit, open to grades 9 & 10
      • Principles of Engineering and Technology is a foundational course in the STEM cluster for students interested in learning more about careers in engineering and technology.  This course covers the basic skills required for engineering and technology fields of study.  Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to identify and explain the steps in the engineering design process.  They can evaluate an existing engineering design, use fundamental sketching and engineering drawing techniques, complete simple design projects using the engineering design process, and effectively communicate design solutions to others.
    • Level 2 - C13H07H Honors Digital Electronics or C13H07 Digital Electronics 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Algebra 1, Principles of Engineering  
      • Digital Electronics is intended to provide students with an introduction to the basic components of digital electronic systems and equip them with the ability to use these components to design more complex digital systems. Proficient students will be able to (1) describe basic functions of digital components (including gates, flip flops, counters, and other devices upon which larger systems are designed), (2) use these devices as building blocks to design larger, more complex circuits, (3) implement these circuits using programmable devices, and (4) effectively communicate designs and systems.
    • Level 3 - C13H15H Honors Robotics & Automated Systems 
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Algebra 1, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics
      • EPSO: FANUC Robotics Industry Certification 
      • Robotics & Automated Systems is an applied course for students who wish to explore how robots and automated systems are used in the industry. Building on the content and critical thinking frameworks of Principles of Engineering and Digital Electronics, this course asks students to follow the engineering design process and apply basic programming skills to complete assignments and projects.  Upon completion of this course, proficient students will have an understanding of the historical and current uses of robots and automated systems; programmable circuits, interfacing both inputs and outputs; ethical standards for engineering and technology professions; and testing and maintenance of robots and automated systems.
    • Level 4 - C21H14H Honors Engineering Practicum (WBL)
      • 1 credit, prerequisite(s): Principles of Engineering & Technology, Engineering Design I & II
      • Engineering Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous Engineering courses within a professional, working environment.  In addition to developing an understanding of the professional and ethical issues encountered by engineers and technologists in the workplace, students learn to refine their skills in problem-solving, research, communication, data analysis, teamwork, and project management.  The course is highly customizable to meet local system needs: instruction may be delivered through school laboratory training or through work-based learning arrangements such as internships, cooperative education, service-learning, mentoring, and job shadowing.  Upon completion of the practicum, students will be better prepared for post-secondary study in engineering and technology fields. 

    Optional Course that can replace any Level 4 CTE Course

    • C25H16 Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum (WBL)
      • 1 credit, up to 2 credits per year, open to grades 11 & 12
      • Admission into this class is by application only. A student must have a 90% attendance rate for the semester immediately preceding enrollment in this class. Their place of employment must correlate to their chosen Elective Focus and a significant portion of the hours worked must be during the normal school day.
        Students must be enrolled in a CTE that is related to their job. Students must maintain school attendance of a minimum of 90%, passing grades in all courses, and be able to legally drive to the job site. This course allows students to leave the school campus daily to gain real-world occupational experience.