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    Elective Course Descriptions


    Each of our Project Lead The Way courses can save time and money in college - students can earn 3 college credits per class for successful completion!  Many of our other courses also offer Articulated College Credit!


    Biomedical Sciences

    Electronic Health Records
    This course is designed to expose future health professionals to the world of electronic medical records including practicing management, electronic health records, and health information management.  This course allows students to use the latest technology and hands on learning techniques to better connect students to the information and customized resrouces they need to master electronic healthcare data.
      
    Introduction to Holistic Healing
    Future health professionals will be exposed to the world of Holistic Health with topics such as chiropractice care, acupuncture, dietary supplements, and mind-body therapies. Students will research and discuss various therapies in regards to their history, implementation, interaction with traditional medicine, and careers involved.
     
    Medical Illustration I
    Students will accurately interpret and portray body systems (organs, skeleton, tissues, etc.) through visual representations.  Through this course, students will transform complex information into visual images that have the potential to communicate to broad audiences.  STudents will study texture and color theory, tissue, and color matching.  Mediums will be graphite, pen and ink, water color, and an introduction to Photoshop.  This course meets an Art graduation requirement.
     
    Medical Illustration II
    As a level II course, students will expand accurately interpreting and portraying body systems (organs, skeleton, tissues, etc.) through visual representation.  Students will transform complex information into visual images that have the potential to communicate to broad audiences.  Mediums will be digital finishing and graphic design.  This course meets an Art graduation requirement.
     
    Medical Spanish 
    This course is designed for healthcare professionals to assist them in communicating with those who speak a language other than English in the healthcare setting.  Students will learn the vocabulary of Spanish medical terms, learn skills in medical reporting and medical communications, and apply cultural variations to medical practices.  
     


    Engineering

    PLTW Honors Aerospace Engineering
    Aerospace Engineering ignites students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. Aerospace Engineering is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering program. The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of atmospheric and space flight. Students explore the fundamentals of flight in air and space as they bring the concepts to life by designing and testing components related to flight such as an airfoil, propulsion system, and a rocket. They learn orbital mechanics concepts and apply these by creating models using industry-standard software. They also apply aerospace concepts to alternative applications such as a wind turbine and parachute. Students simulate a progression of operations to explore a planet, including creating a map of the terrain with a model satellite and using the map to execute a mission using an autonomous robot.


    PLTW Honors Civil Engineering and Architecture
    Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is a high school level specialization course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In CEA students are introduced to important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architectural design software. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems as they practice common design and development protocols such as project management and peer review. Students will develop skill in engineering calculations, technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and use of current 3D architectural design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions.


    PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    Manufacturing transforms ideas into products.  This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a better understanding of the innovative and exciting industry of Manufacturing.  Students learn about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and animation.  Students develop their knowledge and skills of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing to produce products using a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mill.  Students apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course as they collaborate to design, build, and program factory system models.  


    PLTW Computer Science Essentials
    Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others.  This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A.


    PLTW Honors Computer Science Principles
    Students work in teams to develop computational thinking and problem solving skills. The course covers the College Board’s new CS Principles framework. The course does not aim to teach mastery of a single programming language but aims instead to develop computational thinking, to generate excitement about the field of computing, and to introduce computational tools that foster creativity. The course also aims to build students’ awareness of the tremendous demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills. Each unit focuses on one or more computationally intensive career paths. The course also aims to engage students to consider issues raised by the present and future societal impact of computing. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Problems aim for ground-level entry with no ceiling so that all students can successfully engage the problems. Students with greater motivation, ability, or background knowledge will be challenged to work further.


    PLTW Honors Computer Science A
    Students collaborate to create original solutions to provlems of their own choosing by desigining and implementing user interfaces and Web-based databases, as well as creating a game for their friends or an app to serve a real need in their community.  This course is aligned to the AP CSA framework.


    PLTW Honors Cybersecurity
    Whether seeking a career in the growing field of cybersecurity or learning ot defend their own personal data or a company's data, students in Cybersecurity establish an ethical code of conduct while learning to defend data in today's complex cyberworld.  


    PLTW Honors Digital Electronics
    Digital electronics is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. In contrast to analog electronics, where information is represented by a continuously varying voltage, digital signals are represented by two discrete voltages or logic levels. This distinction allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world of electronics. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build digital electronic circuits. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their professional skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the circuit design process. Digital Electronics (DE) is a high school level course that is appropriate for 10th or 11th grade students interested in exploring electronics. Other than their concurrent enrollment in college preparatory mathematics and science courses, this course assumes no previous knowledge.


    PLTW Honors Environmental Sustainability
    Environmental Sustainability (ES) is a high school-level specialization course in PLTW Engineering. In ES, students investigate and design solutions to solve real-world challenges related to clean drinking water, a stable food supply, and renewable energy. Students are introduced to environmental issues and use the engineering design process to research and design potential solutions. Utilizing the activity-, project-, problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students transition from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students problem solve as they practice common design and scientific protocols such as project management, lab techniques, and peer review. Students develop skills in designing experiments, conducting research, executing technical skills, documenting design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and creating presentations to communicate solutions.

     

    If you have questions, please contact The Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Program Coordinators, Lana Rice and Kelly Beulke     Email: Lana.Rice@ahschools.us  |  Kelly.Beulke@ahschools.us     Phone: (763) 506-7359