STEM @CCS

STEM is an acronym that represents the study of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The CCS high school STEM program is designed to spark curiosity in STEM related fields of study and inspire students to pursue a STEM distinction. This STEM distinction is added to the Cambridge diploma awarded upon completion of the STEM program of study. The program provides student’s interested in pursuing STEM at the college or career level with the opportunity to explore various aspects of STEM represented in various STEM pathways; Science, Digital Technology, and Engineering. Each of these pathways provide students with rich, project based and hands-on course content that serves to realize the student’s potential as a technology leader, innovator, collaborator, and real-life problem solver.

STEM Pathways:
SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

The STEM pathways are accessible for students demonstrating an interest in any of the three programs of study.  The pathways are designed to be flexible and student driven based on aptitude and interest.  It is our desire that the STEM program sparks a genuine curiosity towards STEM for all CCS students.  As a result, STEM elective courses are available to CCS students even if they are not enrolled in one of the pathways.  Rising freshmen who desire to attain a STEM distinction are encouraged to apply in the spring of eighth grade.

STEM @CCS - SCIENCE PATHWAY

The science pathway encompasses various fields of science ranging from the study of living things to the environment.  This pathway merges life science with physical and earth sciences.  As part of this track students will study each of these branches of science and pursue a more advanced study depending on interest.   They will also have the opportunity to take additional elective courses that will further prepare them for the next level of collegiate study.

 

Students interested in this track have many career options which will help to improve the quality and standard of life for future generations.  As the students near their capstone experience they will explore career options in research, healthcare, botany, zoology, genetics, bioengineering, forensics, and ecology. 

 

As part of the program students will also be taught how to engage and support scientific conversations with a sound Biblical world view.  Students will discover God through their study of science and how science proves God as they relate scripture to the ethical and controversial issues that surround science today.  The desire is for each STEM student to refine their focus and passion of science in a way that points our culture towards Christ.

Science Pathway 9th 10th 11th 12th Graduation Requirement
Math Geometry H Algebra 2 H Pre-Calculus H AP Calculus/           AP Statistics 4 credits
English Intro to Literature World Literature American Literature        AP Lang. & Comp. British Literature    AP Literature 4 credits
History   World History      AP World History US History      AP US History American Government/ Economics 3 credits
Bible Bible 9 Bible 10 Bible 11 Bible 12 4 credits
World Language   World Language Year 1 World Language Year 2   2 credits
Physical Fitness HOPE       1 credit
Fine Arts Fine Arts Elective       1 credit
Science 1 Biology H Chemistry H Physics (H or AP) AP Science course pathway specific 5 credits
Science 2   Science course pathway specific AP Science course pathway specific Capstone/ Internship  
STEM – S1 Science Elective Science elective (optional) Science elective (optional) 3 credits (includes Capstone)
STEM – S2 Science Elective    
Total Periods

7

7

7

7

27 credits
Science Electives:  Sports Medicine & Athletic Conditioning, Ecology, Biotechnology, Forensics

STEM @CCS - ENGINEERING PATHWAY

Engineers solve real-world problems. There will always be a demand for engineers and there has never been a more exciting time where the opportunities for engineers to thrive exist.  Engineers design solutions for things that are worn or obsolete, improve those that work and creatively come up with new products or ways to improve society and the overall quality of life.   Engineers help drive the world into the future by solving social problems such as pollution, hunger, and clean water.   They find ways to harness new energy sources, produce new medicines, and build new structures as they seek new alternatives that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly.  Engineers apply principles of ethics to find the most practical and economically feasible answer to the questions society faces on a daily basis.

 

Engineers need to display incredible creativity when confronted with the challenges of modern life.  They need to have the mathematical, scientific, and technical skills necessary to encounter the global engineering challenges. The engineering STEM program pathway provides students with a platform on which to build unique and innovative ways of thinking by understanding the engineering design process. The coursework is designed to be flexible, project based driven, and designed to challenge students to become logical problem solvers.   The goal of the program is to develop the skills that will equip students to discover solutions they never knew existed and apply them to the challenges we will encounter in the future.

Engineering Pathway 9th 10th 11th 12th Graduation Requirement
Science Biology H Chemistry H Physics H AP Physics 4 credits
English Intro to Literature World Literature American Literature           AP Lang. & Comp. British Literature    AP Literature 4 credits
History   World History      AP World History US History      AP US History American Government/ Economics 3 credits
Bible Bible 9 Bible 10 Bible 11 Bible 12 4 credits
World Language Computer Programming – C#  (optional) Computer Programming – Python AP Computer Science   2 credits
Physical Fitness HOPE       1 credit
Fine Arts Fine Arts Elective       1 credit
Math 1 Geometry H (summer option) Pre-Calculus H AP Calculus AP Statistics 5 credits
Math 2 Algebra 2 H     Capstone/ Internship  
STEM – S1 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Design 1 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Design 2 Fluid Engineering 4 credits (includes Capstone)
STEM – S2 Engineering Principles 1 Engineering Principles 2 Electrical Engineering and Automation
Total Periods 7 7 7 7 28 credits

STEM @CCS - DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY

Technology is changing daily and this evolution is creating an appetite in the younger generations for new innovative ways of addressing how they interact and view the future.  The jobs many of these young people will seek have yet to be discovered.  Today creativity, love of films, animation, and graphics are drawing our youth to consider new career possibilities.  The Digital Design STEM pathway provides students with the tools to put this level of imagination to work.  You can make a real impact in the world of smartphone apps, video games, special effects, and animated or motion graphics and your path starts here at CCS.   This path also provides students with the opportunity to pursue a more IT focused path for those interested in network administration, computer engineering, and informational systems.  Students will be able to gain Comp TIA and Auto Desk certification.  These certifications will give students an extra edge and classification as they pursue technology or digital arts higher education.  Students that complete this pathway will be prepared for a career in anything from video game design, programming, animation, computer or IT specialist.

From concept and design to execution and presentation, student will complete projects in a collaborative, creative, and technically advanced environment using the latest tools and technology.  These tools provide the necessary skills and foundation student seek to be successful as they pursue the digital arts in post-secondary education. 

Digital Pathway 9th 10th 11th 12th Graduation Requirement
Math Geometry H Algebra 2 H Pre-Calculus H AP Calculus/           AP Statistics 4 credits
English Intro to Literature World Literature American Literature        AP Lang. & Comp. British Literature    AP Literature 4 credits
History   World History      AP World History US History      AP US History American Government/ Economics 3 credits
Bible Bible 9 Bible 10 Bible 11 Bible 12 4 credits
World Language Computer Programming – C#  (optional) Computer Programming – Python AP Computer Science   2 credits
Physical Fitness HOPE       1 credit
Fine Arts Fine Arts Elective       1 credit
Science Biology H Chemistry H Physics (H or AP) Science Elective 4 credits
Digital – S1 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Design 1 Technology Elective – pathway specific Technology Elective – pathway specific Capstone/  Internship 4 credits (includes Capstone)
Digital – S2 VAM Design Technology Elective – pathway specific Technology Elective – pathway specific  
Total Periods 7 7 7 7 27 credits
Technology Electives:  Digital Design 1 & 2, Comp TIA Certification 1 & 2, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Design 2