STEM Classes offered at Dartmouth during 2016-2017 school year
Exploratory classes for 7th and 8th graders
PLTW - Design and Modeling (8th grade)
- Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. Using Autodesk® design software, students create 3D models of their designs, and potentially 3D print their solutions.
PLTW - Automation and Robotics (8th grade)
- Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as toll booths, elevators, and cars.
PLTW - Introduction to Computer Science I (7th/8th grade)
PLTW - Introduction to Computer Science II (8th grade)
- Students continue to explore the fundamentals of the stimulating career path of computer science. They venture into text programming through Python as well as learn more about collaborative computing and applications.
PLTW - Magic of Electronics (7th grade)
- Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices. They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them.
PLTW - Flight and Space (8th grade)
- Students explore the history and science behind aeronautics. They use their knowledge and the engineering design process to design, build, and test a variety of model aircraft. They also research the current state of space exploration and plan a visit to another location in our solar system using current technology.
PLTW - Green Architecture (7th grade)
- Students learn how to apply the concept of “green” choices to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software, Revit.
STEM I (8th grade) & STEM II (7th grade)
- The natural link between science and engineering is explored as students design their own experiments to investigate science concepts and then use their findings and the engineering design process to solve a problem. The science/engineering topics are aligned with the science curriculum at the grade level allowing students time to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts as well as possible applications.
Zero Period classes for 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Introduction to Engineering
- Students explore programming and robotics. Through the simplified programming language, CoffeeScript, students learn fundamental programming concepts and how to develop an algorithm. By building robots with VEX IQ equipment, students learn about gears, sensors, troubleshooting, and teamwork.
- The urban environment is not a natural state. The students research and recreate the early agricultural inventions and innovations that allowed humans to attain high populations and then investigate the ongoing technologies required to keep us healthy in high density cities.
Applied Math (6th grade only)
- Students get the opportunity to experience real world application of selected mathematical concepts through project-based activities. Topics include:
- The mathematics of solar energy
- The mathematics of weather
- The mathematics of living on your own
- The mathematics of motion
Congratulations to Dartmouth's Future City teams! They did an exceptional job in Saturday's competition. Emendare (Ivyla, Robyn and Ashley) won Best Transportation System. Nexxus Bay (Emily, Sam, Allen and Tarang) won Most Sustainable Food Production and Tabula Rasa (Ben, Eddie, Orion and Alexander) won Fifth place overall against over 20 teams. Well done Dartmouth!!!