Information, Communication Technology & STEM

ICT:  REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS             .5 CREDIT Students entering BHS from BMS will have already completed this high school graduation requirement and that course and credit will be transcripted upon their high school enrollment.

COMPUTER SCIENCE IN THE MODERN WORLD                          1 CREDIT This course is designed to expose all students to the interdisciplinary nature of computer science in today’s dynamic and globally connected society.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the uses of computer science as a tool in creating effective solutions to complex contemporary problems. This course is recommended for all students as it provides an overview of computer sciences and its applications in various disciplines, professions and personal activities.

JAVA I                                                                             1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Algebra I. Geometry and Computer Science in the Modern World I is recommended but not required.

This course is an introduction to programming using the JAVA language.  Topics will include the basics of programming, sequential, repetition, selection statements, methods and arrays.

MOBILE APPLICATIONS                                          1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  None, but recommended Java I.

This course is an AP level course in which students will explore the seven basic principles of computer science.  These ideas are: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet and global impact.  Students will develop socially responsible mobile applications and will be prepared to take the Computer Science AP exam after taking this course.  

Computer Graphics Courses

We live in a visual society.  Your ability to communicate visually will enhance your prospects for success in many careers.  Here are a few examples:



In this course students cover the necessary functions of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  These are the two major 2D image creation and editing softwares. These programs form the foundation of digital imaging in both print screen and video graphics.  Students will learn through several lab assignments that cover pixel manipulation, composing, adjusting, and resizing in Photoshop. In Illustrator, students will learn how to properly and efficiently manipulate vectors; how to create and use color properly, and finally how to efficiently output vector images for screen or print.  Concepts learned in this course carry over into animation, motion graphics, 3D design, and more.

RS COMPUTER GRAPHICS II                                                              1 CREDIT/3 CREDITS LRCC                      Prerequisite:  Students must have earned an 85 or better in Computer Graphics.  Teacher permission is also required.

Computer Graphics II combines Digital Photography and Animation.  Digital Photography gives students a chance to sharpen their skills by studying what makes a good photograph instead of a snapshot.  Some time will be spent using Photoshop to manipulate digital images to create different artistic presentations. Flash, along with Illustrator, will be the software that we will be using to create animations.  Multimedia presentations include, but are not limited to, PowerPoint, Moviemaker video production and audio/enhanced podcast. College credit is available through Lakes Region Community College / Project Running Start for Digital Photography.

RS COMPUTER GRAPHICS III - Honors                                            1 CREDIT/3 CREDITS LRCC                      Prerequisite:  Students must have earned a 93 in the previous level II course to move to level III.  Teacher permission is also required.

Computer Graphics III in the first two courses, the students have been introduced to a number of different areas of computer graphics.  In the independent study course, the student, with instructor help, will design a course of study that advances them in their area of interest and strengthens deficiencies.  Students should come into the course with a draft of what they wish to study plus their portfolio so their work can be reviewed. Space for this course is limited. Students will be selected for this course by approval of the instructor based on previous grades, strength of portfolio and the draft of what they propose to study.   

RS WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT/MULTIMEDIA - Honors                  1 CREDIT/3 CREDITS LRCC                      Prerequisite:  Students must have earned a “C” in Computer Graphics I.  Teacher permission is also required.

This course offers an introduction to Website Development/Multimedia.  Students will be introduced to industry-standard tools/software. They will use their creativity and skills to create and edit multimedia presentations, digital images, sound, movies, and websites.  Our school site is an example of previous students’ work. The knowledge and skills acquired in this class will enable students to successfully perform and interact in today’s technology-driven society.  

STEM                                                                                                                                       1 CREDIT      STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

This course is intended to provide some learning experience in each of the four areas over the semester in a project based and hands-on learning environment.  STEM education projects and topics may focus more on one or other of the four stated areas or may dovetail two, three or all four of the areas. The course is based on areas of student interest, guest presenters, experiential learning, problem solving, projects, media oriented communication, and field trip opportunities during and after school.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, Aviation/Flight, Astronomy and Space, Computer Controlled Devices, Computer Programming, Remote Controlled Items, Rockets, Models, Robotics. All topics will not be covered in one course.

ENGINEERING                                                                                                                        1 CREDIT      The backbone of this engineering class is the SolidWorks Computer Assisted Design (CAD) program.  Using this industry standard software program, students will use a 3D design approach to sketch and create a model that can be visualized in three dimensions.  Students will learn to create parts, mate parts, build assemblies from parts or other assemblies, and create 2D drawings of their 3D models. Students will learn the basics of 3D printing and will 3D print items they designed themselves in SolidWorks.

RS ASTRONOMY AND SPACE EXPLORATION                                1 CREDIT/4 CREDITS NHTI                      Prerequisite:  Algebra I

Astronomy and Space Exploration is a STEM-based introductory course studying the entire universe from the nucleus of the atom to distant galactic clusters and everything in between.  We will study planets, moons, stars, nebulae, galaxies, the tools of the astronomer, spectroscopy, black holes, and more. We will spend time outside familiarizing ourselves with the day and night skies and use telescopes to observe what is currently visible in our sky.  We will interact with scientists doing current astronomical and space research while learning about ongoing space missions. There are required observation sessions, independent field trips, and class field trips.

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