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UAS Flight Concepts & Training

  • UAS Flight Concepts & Training
    Aeronautics
    CTE83150
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 9th-12th graders (No prerequisites)

    AVT 155 - Introduces and develops flight control and piloting techniques for common Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platforms. Students learn and demonstrate maneuvers, procedures, and best practices for safe UAS operation on fixed wing and rotary wing systems. Develops the skills and knowledge required to be a pilot of a UAS in the National Airspace System. Students who are new to aviation will develop functional knowledge in the areas of pilot-in-command responsibilities, aerodynamic principles, aviation meteorology, and the flight environment.

UAVED Engineering and Design

  • UAVED Engineering and Design
    Aeronautics
    CTE83155
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 9th - 12th graders (Ideally finishing UAS Flight Concepts & Training first)

    Utilizing the industry standard Aircraft Design Cycle and fabrication laboratory equipment, students will have the opportunity to engineer and design a UAV recreational and commercial fixed wing and multirotor aircraft to solve a real world problem.

Pilot Ground School 1

  • Pilot Ground School 1
    Aeronautics
    CTE83157
    Spring
    Fall
    Intro to Pilot Ground 1 begins the SVVSD Private Pilot course pathway for students interested in exploring the careers in the general aviation industry. Prepares students for the Private Pilot Airplane, Single Engine, Land - FAA Knowledge Exam. Included in this course will be a look at
    Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Control, aviation airspace, aviation weather, future aviation and careers in aviation.

    • Open to all 9-12th graders

UAS Applications

  • UAS Applications
    Aeronautics
    CTE83151
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 9th - 12th graders

    Students get involved with UAS industry related work and support in the Aeronautics program development. Students will learn to work on project teams, develop scopes of work, apply engineering principles and design thinking practices, utilize new fabrication equipment, manage contractual and non-contractual based UAS work. Students could option for SVVSD employment.

UAS Design Integrations 1

  • UAS Design Integrations 1
    Aeronautics
    CTE83152
    Fall
    Open to 11th & 12th graders who have completed UAS Flight Training and UAVED (Engineering and Design)

    In a one to two semester project of study, students will design a new product/process solution through a COTS UAS drone integration approach. Utilizing the design thinking model and innovation center technologies, students will learn to develop a UAS centered problem and work with current industry for possible design solutions. This course partners with the IC Entrepreneurial program for student business fundamentals and practices.

UAS Design Integrations 2

  • UAS Design Integrations 2
    Aeronautics
    CTE83153
    Spring
    Open to 11th & 12th graders who have completed UAS Flight Training and UAVED (Engineering and Design)

    In a one to two semester project of study, students will design a new product/process solution through a COTS UAS drone integration approach. Utilizing the design thinking model and innovation center technologies, students will learn to develop a UAS centered problem and work with current industry for possible design solutions. This course partners with the IC Entrepreneurial program for student business fundamentals and practices.

Pilot Ground School 2

  • Pilot Ground School 2
    Aeronautics
    CTE83158
    Spring
    Fall
    Final ground course prep for students and the Private Pilot Airplane, Single Engine, Land - FAA Knowledge Exam Included in this course will be a look at Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Control, aviation airspace, aviation weather, future aviation and careers in aviation.

Apple Certified Mac & iOS Technician

  • Apple Certified Mac & iOS Technician
    Innovative Technologies
    CTE83110
    Spring
    Summer
    Fall
    - Open to all 11-12th graders (and exceptional 9th & 10th graders with prior Apple product knowledge)
    - Students who pass the class will pay for their own certification test - $60
    - Fall & Spring Semesters

    ACMiT is designed for students who have experience with Apple devices computers; offering the same curriculum used to train Geniuses in Apple Stores. Those who succeed in this class will be prepared to take the Service Fundamentals, ACMT & ACiT certification tests. Students passing these official Apple certifications will be eligible to work on the Innovation Center Tech Team. Graduating certified students will work with Apple representatives to find placement in tech jobs at Apple and on college campuses.

Design Foundations

  • Design Foundations
    Innovative Technologies
    CTE86110
    Fall
    • (.5 Credit)
    • Open to all 9 - 12th graders

    This course teaches the basics of design including: what design is, sketching, drafting, rendering, presentation, the critique process, concepting an idea and translating it to a design brief. In addition, this course will give students a taste of the various types of industrial design they can continue with - transportation and mobility, product, and Human Machine Interface.

    Students will be asked to keep a sketchbook which will be part of the course.

CompTIA A+ Hardware

  • CompTIA A+ Hardware
    Innovative Technologies
    CTE83121
    Fall
    - Open to 10-12th graders (and all students who have passed IT Fundamentals)
    - Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test - $90

    A+ Hardware is the first of two classes, preparing students to take the CompTIA A+ Certification, the most widely recognized certification in the Information Technology industry. Students will understand a wide variety of issues ranging from desktops, to laptops, to mobile devices. This class is intended for those who already have extensive computer experience across multiple platforms, and those who have passed IT Fundamentals.

CompTIA A+ Software

  • CompTIA A+ Software
    Innovative Technologies
    CTE83122
    Spring
    - Open to 10-12th graders (and all students who have passed IT Fundamentals)
    - Students who pass this class will pay for their own certification test - $90

    A+ Software is the second of two classes, preparing students to take the CompTIA A+ Certification, the most widely recognized certification in the Information Technology industry. Students will understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to cybersecurity. This class is intended for those who have extensive computer experience across multiple OSes, and those who have passed IT Fundamentals.

CompTIA: Fundamentals

  • CompTIA: Fundamentals
    Innovative Technologies
    CTE83120
    Fall
    (.5 Credit)
    Open to all 9-12th graders. Students who pass the class will pay for their own certification test - $90.

    IT Fundamentals introduces students to the Information Technology eld; including computer hardware & software support, customer service, networking, security, and computer design. This class is a precursor to CompTIA A+, and is intended for beginners with very little computer knowledge. Students who succeed in this class will be ready to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification.

Developing Augmented & Virtual Experiences

  • Developing Augmented & Virtual Experiences
    Innovative Technologies
    CTE 8110
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 9-12th graders (No prerequisites)
    - Fall & Spring

    This course allows students to experience and develop for augmented and virtual reality, using 360 degree cameras, HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Microsoft Hololens, and Apple’s AR Kit. Being able to develop VR and AR experiences gives each student cutting edge knowledge in an industry in need of talented staff. The average starting salary for a developer in this field is $75,000 a year. Learning in this field allows students to build technical literacy and express creativity in an immersive engaging computer aided design field.

Intro to App Development with Swift

  • Intro to App Development with Swift
    Robotics and Computer Science
    CS110
    Fall
    - Open to all 9-12th graders (No prerequisites)

    This course is designed to help students build a solid foundation in programming fundamentals using Swift as the language. You’ll get practical experience with the tools, techniques, and concepts needed to build a basic iOS app from scratch. You’ll also learn user interface design principles. Prior programming experience is not required for this course.

Intro to Cyber Security

  • Intro to Cyber Security
    Robotics and Computer Science
    CTE80120
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 10-12th graders (No prerequisites)
    - Students who succeed in the class will pay for their own certification test - $130

    This course, designed by a student at Silver Creek High School, teaches basic security needs for personal and small businesses technology. Intro to Cyber Security is designed to teach students to evaluate and understanding security needs, including: cyber threats, network security, intrusion detection, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and recovery. Students will understand how to defend online databases and keep information secure. Students who do well in this class will be given the opportunity to become Microsoft Security Fundamentals certified.

Robotics 1: Introduction to Robotics Online

  • Robotics 1: Introduction to Robotics Online
    Robotics and Computer Science
    No #
    Spring
    Summer
    Fall
    Winter
    (.5 Credit)
    • Open to all 9-12th graders • $20 Course Fee

    Robotics I is a one-semester online course that explains various concepts related to robotics. The course begins by describing the evolution and applications of robotics. The course helps you identify career opportunities and important employability skills in robotics. You will explore Newton’s laws of motion and their applications in robotics. You will learn and apply basic concepts of electricity, electronic circuits, Boolean algebra, magnetics, and their applicability to robotics. And you will be provided an option to construct a simple robot.
    This course is being designed and delivered in partnership with Colorado Digital Learning Solutions and the St Vrain Valley School District Innovation Center and delivered by a team of St Vrain teachers and students. Register online at http://stvra.in/robotics1.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    Robotics and Computer Science
    CTE83220
    Fall
    (.5 credit)
    • Open to all 9 - 12th graders
    Artificial Intelligence is a rapidly evolving eld that is quickly transforming our society. It encompasses multiple fields, including machine learning, data analytics and the internet of things (IoT). This introductory class will explore this new and growing field by exploring the question of what intelligence is and how people and machines can learn; the importance of data to AI; the use of hardware to create a Smart environments; and the ethics challenges we face in an increasingly connected world.

    Students will have the chance to try out various cutting-edge technologies, ranging from IBM’s Watson to Misty and NAO robots. We’ll work with experts in the eld to develop real-world applications for these technologies. Some experience with programming and/or robotics is helpful, but not required.

Introduction to Game Design

  • Introduction to Game Design
    Robotics and Computer Science
    CTE83230
    Spring
    Fall
    (.5 credit)

    • Open to all 10-12th graders who have completed a prior computer science course, open to 9th graders with a teacher’s recommendation

    This is an introductory course to video game programming, design, and video game art. Students will learn the principles and practice of modeling, applying textures and materials to those models, and rendering them with appropriate lighting. Additionally, students will be introduced to the game design theory behind designing an enjoyable, balanced game. At the end of the course students will have the opportunity to apply the skills they learned to build their own game.

Applied Robotics

  • Applied Robotics
    Robotics and Computer Science
    CTE83202
    Fall
    - Open to all 9-12th graders (No prerequisites)
    - $20 Course Fee

    Native fish species in Colorado are under threat due to habitat modification, altered stream flow and invasive species. You will work together with experts like Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza of Ocean First Institute, learning how to apply innovations in the field of robotics, such as remote sensing and robotic vision. You will help scientists restore ecosystem, reintroduce, and monitor native fish species.

    All students are welcome to enroll. The main requirement is a strong interest in learning about local conservation and exploring ways robotics can be used to solve environmental challenges. Email reitzig_axel@svvsd.org with questions.

Data Science

  • Data Science
    Robotics and Computer Science
    CTE83240
    Spring
    (.5 credit)
    • Open to all 10 - 12th graders who have completed Algebra II

    The course combines computer programming, mathematics, and statistics to teach data science skills that are highly sought after in today’s digital world. Data scientists require skills and experience in all three disciplines in order to be able to analyse data, provide insights and offer suggestions based on data. Students will gain practical experience with data science tools used in industry today and will learn through a series of case studies based on real world problems. This multidisciplinary course will prepare students for future careers or coursework in computer science, mathematics, science, statistics, or engineering.

Advanced Robotics

  • Advanced Robotics
    Robotics and Computer Science
    CTE83204
    Spring
    - Open to all 9-12th graders (No prerequisites)
    - $20 Course Fee

    This class prepares students to compete against other high school, community college and university teams from around the country and world in the 2020 MATE Underwater Robotics Competition. Our team will design, build, and test an underwater drone, and will also develop a marketing approach to sell our product. You will learn and apply engineering skills like computer-aided design, fabrication, electronics, programming and principles of aquatic physics. We will at a minimum participate in one regional competition in the US; if we qualify, we will travel to Monterrey, California in June 2020 to compete in the 2020 MATE International Competition.

    Any student is welcome to enroll. The main requirement is a strong interest in learning something new, a firm commitment to the team, and committing to participating in the International competition in June if the team qualifies. Fundraising will be required in order to travel to events and acquire some of the course materials. Email reitzig_axel@svvsd.org with questions.

Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
    Bioscience
    CTE18511
    Spring
    • Open to all 11-12th graders (Prerequisites: High school Biology, Chemistry & Algebra 2)
    • Concurrent Enrollment with Colorado State University

    This survey-based course through Colorado State University exposes students to how mechanical engineering, chemical/biological engineering, and electrical engineering principles can be applied to current biomedical challenges. The course also introduces current research efforts at CSU, BME career opportunities, team dynamics, and accessing/reading academic literature
    - all of which will be valuable as the student progresses through their interest area. Students will also be able to go through the process of solving an engineering problem and presenting a product concept to various audiences at CSU.

Intro to Biotechnology

  • Intro to Biotechnology
    Bioscience
    CTE85115
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to all 11-12th graders (Prerequisites: High school Biology, Chemistry & Algebra 2)

    This course starts students on the path for careers in cloning, forensics, and saving the world from disease and famine. Biotech is an integrated science where students learn and apply biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, in preparation for working in the fastest growing industry in the nation. This class also prepares students for higher level courses, such as AP Biology and AP Chemistry.

Biotechnology Capstone

  • Biotechnology Capstone
    Bioscience
    CTE85120
    Spring
    • Open to all 11-12th graders who have completed either Introduction to Biomedical Engineering or Introduction to Biotechnology

    This course provides an introduction to bioengineering through a series of team projects. Students learn, in a hands-on way, valuable engineering skills including communication, how to function in teams, and a variety of relevant project tools, such as programming microcontrollers, 3D printing, and computer-aided design (CAD). All projects and applications will be applied in the biotechnology eld, but the skills learned can be applied across all fields of science and engineering.

Lab Techniques

  • Lab Techniques
    Bioscience
    CTE85118
    Fall
    • Open to all 9-10th graders

    This course explores laboratory fundamental principles and procedures performed in general biology, chemistry, and physics lab settings. This course covers many basic scienti c principles; however, that is not the focus of course. Students utilize advanced lab equipment and apply the scienti c method to a series of experiments across all scienti c disciplines. Additionally, they will learn and be required to follow all necessary safety regulations. This class prepares students for future science courses and careers in professional lab settings.

BUS102 Entrepreneurial Operations

  • BUS102 Entrepreneurial Operations
    Entrepreneurship
    CTE80100
    Spring
    Fall
    - One Semester Elective - 0.5 Credit - Open to all 11th and 12th graders (10th grade students encouraged and 10th graders seeking FRCC credit only with prior instructor approval)
    - Instructor - Jeffrey Lund - lund_jeffrey@svvsd.org
    - Concurrent Enrollment with FRCC as BUS102 Entrepreneurial Operations

    This course inspires and engages students with perseverance and determination of an entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed in business, life and academics. It covers major aspects of small business management to enable the entrepreneur to successfully begin their own business. This course provides the basic concepts of marketing, principles of management and finance needed to manage a small business. This course provides for experiential learning beyond the classroom, making connections, understanding business concepts, and building relationships that support the student throughout college and careers.

Entrepreneurial Business Development

  • Entrepreneurial Business Development
    Entrepreneurship
    CTE84130
    Spring
    Fall
    • Open to all 10-12th graders (Preferred Prerequisites: BUS102, Business Course from Home High School, Innovation Center Entrepreneurial Mini Certification or no prerequisite with prior Instructor approval)

    This course covers the major aspects of small business management to enable the entrepreneur to successfully begin their own business. The coursework will support the Entrepreneurial MindSet through developing the business principles needed to start a business. The course will go more in depth in the areas of Marketing, Business Planning, Analysis of Markets, Management, Financials and understanding the service or product line. The course will require an Entrepreneurial Portfolio to be developed with which there is the potential for the student to utilize as a way to start a business.

TriCaster Certification Program

  • TriCaster Certification Program
    IC Studios
    CTE 8210
    Spring
    Fall
    - One Semester Elective - 0.5 Credit - Open to all 9 -12th graders
    - Students who pass the class will pay for their own certification test - $150

    Becoming a NewTek TriCaster Certified Operator is one skill that can help students work within the studio and television world. The course focuses on benefits of certification including get hired for better jobs, and being recognized by broadcast industry professionals, and becoming qualified to teach TriCaster Skills to others. Students will engage in operating a TriCaster system within a studio environment to include understanding of audio, video and lighting concepts. Learn the live television and production environment. Successful students in this course will be ready to take the TriCaster certification test.

Studio Film Production

  • Studio Film Production
    IC Studios
    CTE86130
    Spring
    Fall
    (.5 credit)

    • Open to all 10-12th graders (Preferred Prerequisites: TriCaster Certification course, Video Production courses from the CDC or MultiMedia course from home high school)

    The course provides authentic real world experience into the Studio, Film and Multimedia Communications environment. The course allows students to participate and be exposed to real world studio/ lm environments that require the application of technical skills. Students will be exposed to industry specific regulations, techniques and processes. The course will teach basic lm terminology, professional set etiquette and production techniques, how to write broadcast television formats and develop writing skills related to broadcasting and film production.

P-TEACH: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

  • P-TEACH: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    PTEACH
    PS 470
    Fall
    • Open to 10-12th graders
    • Concurrent Enrollment CU - Denver (3 College Credits)

    This course provides an overview of the early childhood profession and the philosophical and historical foundations of services to young children and their families. State and national trends, resources and standards for early childhood care and education, professionalism, and code of ethical conduct are examined. Key areas of ECE professional knowledge are introduced: developmental domains and milestones, developmentally appropriate practice, evidence--based practice and intentional teaching, curriculum models, guidance strategies, family and community relationships, diversity and inclusion, and the leadership skills and organizational climate to support quality early care and education work settings.

P-Teach: Language, Power, & Identity

  • P-Teach: Language, Power, & Identity
    PTEACH
    PS474
    Fall
    - One Semester Elective - 0.5 Credit

    This course explores the relationship between language, identity, and power in various international contexts. The course considers how legacies of inequality for particular communities are reflected in societal attitudes about languages and language users and subsequent language planning. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

P-TEACH: Early Field Experience

  • P-TEACH: Early Field Experience
    PTEACH
    PS 473
    Fall
    • Open to 10-12th graders
    • Concurrent Enrollment CU - Denver (3 College Credits)

    This eld experience and seminar is designed to support your first foray into educator preparation. You will be introduced to the wide array of skills and practices that support working effectively with youth in the context of their local community. Working within the community to support children’s academic and social development requires a disposition of being grounded in the community—the experiences of this seminar, paired with your work at a local school or community organization will help you to develop this grounding.

P-Teach: Intro to Special Education

  • P-Teach: Intro to Special Education
    PTEACH
    PS475
    Fall
    - One Semester Elective - 0.5 Credit

    This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. It includes introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that must be addressed. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

P-TEACH: Introduction to STEM Teaching

  • P-TEACH: Introduction to STEM Teaching
    PTEACH
    PS 476
    Spring
    • Open to 10-12th graders
    • Concurrent Enrollment CU - Denver (3 College Credits)

    The STEM Methods course is a framework-based class where students will develop a rm understanding of the STEM for All framework, focusing on integration, innovation, essential skills, personalization, adaptation and connection. This framework will support the development of a STEM mindset, and by learning these processes, students will create STEM-aligned lesson plans for any content or grade. This learning will occur by students taking on the role of a learner and participating in a learning experience. Reflections will be held discussing what frameworks were used to design the lesson. Finally students will use these skills to plan and carry out their own STEM-aligned lessons.

P-Teach: Child Development

  • P-Teach: Child Development
    PTEACH
    PS471
    Spring
    - One Semester Elective - 0.5 Credit

    This course focuses on the study of human growth, development and ecology from conception to adolescence. The emphasis is on the major theories of child growth and development and the implications of current research findings to better understand child development. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

P-TEACH: Internship

  • P-TEACH: Internship
    PTEACH
    CTE9999
    Spring
    Fall
    • Open to 9- 12th graders

    After six weeks of successful participation students are eligible to participate in education specific internship in the P-TEACH pathway of their choice. Internships may be either paid or unpaid depending on qualifications and experience. Students may earn up to 1 elective credit for every 60 hours spent on the internship. Internship opportunities are individualized to match the interests and experience level of students. Current internship opportunities range from Community Schools, PreK, Elementary, or Secondary placements up to University and other community partners.

P-Teach: Child Guidance

  • P-Teach: Child Guidance
    PTEACH
    PS472
    Spring
    - One Semester Elective - 0.5 Credit

    This course explores and applies classroom strategies to promote social competence, build classroom community and facilitate emotional regulation. An emphasis is on understanding development within group contexts, observing children’s behavior and engaging with families to make decisions about learning. For questions please email: howenstein_wendy@svvsd.org

STEM Co-Op

  • STEM Co-Op
    STEM in St. Vrain
    CTE130
    Spring
    Fall
    - Open to student with prior approval of their instructor ONLY

    This course is an opportunity for students to create a self-directed project based on previous STEM experiences. Interested students will coordinate with the specific IC instructor in their chosen focus area to complete a project proposal and decide on what block within the day to schedule their co-op. Students will complete 50 contact hours of work during the semester. It is assumed that a student approved for Co-Op has sufficient maturity and motivation to individually pursue and complete a self-initiated study with minimal supervision.
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