The Cecil County Public School STEM Academy is a challenging program of study for students planning to enter college to prepare for careers in mathematics, science, and engineering in an ever-changing and highly technical global society. Students accepted into the program will be offered a rigorous, accelerated curriculum, beyond the regular high school curriculum, rich in lab and work based experiences.
The STEM Academy courses are designed to challenge students with integrated technologies and extensive problem-solving. Opportunities to work with experts in the field and current technology both within the school and the community will be an essential part of the program and prove invaluable as students complete their capstone projects. Students will have the opportunity to apply to the STEM Academy during the second semester of grade 9.
The Gallery Walk is held in May each year at Elkton High School.
Honors Capstone Research and Design/ Capstone:
In this Capstone course, students will create a project individually on a topic of their choice. The project can be scientific or engineering in nature. Students will be paired with a mentor from a STEM business or organization, and present their project at the end of year at the STEM Gallery Walk.
The Pre-Engineering Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. Students complete foundation-level courses in Engineering, including Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Digital Electronics.
Students then select an area of specialization, including Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace Engineering or Biotechnical Engineering. In the final course, students also complete an industry-mentored capstone project in Engineering Design and Development.
Introduction to Engineering Design:
This course develops problem solving skills, with an emphasis on 3-D modeling or solid rendering of an object.
Principles of Engineering:
Students explore how the principles of engineering are used to develop better and safer products and structures.
Civil Engineering and Architecture:
This course provides an overview of the fields of civil engineering and architecture while emphasizing the inter-relationship and dependence of both fields.
This course introduces students to applied digital logic, a key element of careers in engineering and engineering technology.
Honors Engineering Design & Development:
This course enables students to apply what they have learned in academic and pre-engineering courses as they complete a challenging self-directed project.
The Biomedical Sciences Project Lead the Way (PLTW) comprise one of the largest industries in the U.S. employing more than 15 million people. This field includes biomedical engineering, research, facilities design and management, environmental health and safety, health information management and analysis, public policy affecting health care delivery, finance, regulation, and community services. Understanding the role of biomedical sciences, as well as preparing for a career in this rapidly growing field, requires a broad foundation in science and mathematics.
Specialized knowledge is increasingly essential in such areas as genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, and public health. In addition, an awareness of the social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding technological advances related to the biomedical sciences is critical. This program will engage students in rigorous academic and technical training, improve readiness for college, and increase preparedness for completing a post-secondary degree and selecting a career in the biomedical sciences.
Principles of Biomedical Sciences:
This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting “hands-on” projects and problems.
Human Body Systems:
This course engages students in the study of basic human physiology, especially in relationship to human health.
This is the concentrator course for the PLTW--Biomedical Science CTE completer program. Medical practice includes interventions to support humans in treating disease and maintaining health.
Honors Biomedical Innovations:
In this capstone course, students design and conduct experiments related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease or illness.
For more information and/or to sign up for STEM Academy, stop into your school guidance office.
They will be glad to help you!