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3D Modeling Innovation (Formerly Intro to 3D Model & Animation)

This course provides an introduction to creating, editing, presenting, and printing 3D models. Students develop foundational skills to explore and navigate 3D modeling platforms while creating 3D objects. Basic elements of 3D development will include modeling, texturing, lighting, animating, and rendering.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE86112
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Advanced Cybersecurity

Prepare for a career in the high-growth field of cybersecurity. Get professional training designed and delivered by subject matter experts at Google and have the opportunity to connect with top employers.

During the 8 courses in this certificate program, you’ll learn from cybersecurity experts at Google and gain in-demand skills that prepare you for entry-level roles like cybersecurity analyst, security operations center (SOC) analyst, and more.

Opportunity to earn the CompTIA Security + Certification

Opportunity to earn the Google Professional Cybersecurity Certification

Concurrent Enrollment – Aims CC

This is an online course that has both synchronous and asynchronous components.

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Course Information

Grade Level
11, 12
Course Subject
Cybersecurity
Course Number
CTE89133A & CTE89133B
Course Duration
2 Semesters
Course Credit
1.0 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE80120
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Advanced Game Design

Step up your game: build your own favorite video game!

Take your game design skills to the next level in our Advanced Game Design class. This course delves deep into the intricacies of game development, emphasizing Unreal Engine 5 as the primary tool. Students will work on creating the video game of their dreams and learn the art of marketing their game through partnerships with universities, making this class the ultimate step towards becoming a professional video game designer.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE83235
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE83230
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Advanced Ground Instructor Internship

Students will demonstrate mastery in two areas: Fundamentals of Instructing (FOI) and Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI).

FOI reviews the areas of The Learning Process, The Teaching Process, Teaching Methods, Evaluation, Flight Instructor Characteristics and Responsibility, Human Factors, and Planning Instructional Activities. By the end of the section, students will be able to pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instructing Knowledge Exam with a minimum score or 70%.

After completing Fundamentals of Instruction, Students will then be able to move on to teach aeronautical knowledge. AGI reviews the areas of Airplanes and Aerodynamics, Airplane Performance, Airplane Instruments, Engines, and Systems, Airports, Airspace and Air Traffic Control, Weight and Balance, Aviation Weather, Federal Aviation Regulations, Navigation, Flight Maneuvers, and Aeromedical Factors. By the end of the section, students will be able to pass the FAA Advanced Ground Instructor Knowledge Exam with a minimum passing score of 70%.

By the end of the course, students will be eligible to be certified FAA Ground Instructors. Student age must be 18 to become certified. These exams expire after 2 years. Students must be at least 16 to take the exams to ensure certification.

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE9999
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
1
Course Fee
FAA FOI & AGI Exam (TBA)
Prerequisite
CTE83165 AND Instructor Approval // Grades 10-12
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Advanced Robotics

Compete with Underwater Robots!

This class prepares students to compete against other high school, community college and university teams from around the country and world in the 2024 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 participate in the 2024 MATE World Championships hosted in Tennessee.

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 may be required in order to travel to events and acquire some of the course materials. 

Email [email protected] with questions. 

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Robotics
Course Number
CTE83204
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Aeronautics and Innovation: Airplane Design (Formerly UAS Design Integrations 1)

Build your own industry grade fixed wing drone! 

 Now that you have completed the Design, Build & Fly Airplanes CTE 83155 (Previously UAV Engineering), welcome to 'Aeronautics and Innovation: Airplane Design' Let’s take your knowledge from designing foam board airplanes and apply it to a whole new level by designing an airplane from the inside out with balsa wood. Your journey will involve not only the creation of your own balsa wood airplanes but also the understanding of the engineering principles and structure of real airplane design. From spatial awareness to precision and accuracy, you will continue to grow your CAD skills as you apply the Design Thinking process to optimize wing aspect ratio and utilize Innovation Center technologies to bring your designs to life. You will gain skills in problem-solving, material understanding, project planning, gain insights from industry experts, and many other important skills that will help you become successful in your future endeavors. All while preparing you for future careers in drone tech, aerospace, robotics, or UAV operation. The course culminates in comprehensive project documentation to where you can showcase your skills with an end of semester exhibition. For those seeking to expand your horizons, there's the exciting possibility of creating autonomous aircraft using the industry-standard software Ardupilot Mission Planner and the PixHawk system.. At the end of the course, you will have the option to take home your personally crafted fix-wing aircraft (minus electronics), as a testament to your journey.

Additional Benefits:
In this class you will be using Solid Professor AutoCAD tutorials to learn how to create 2D and 3D objects. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to take the Certification Exam and become CAD Certified. If you already have the AutoCAD Certification, we can explore other CAD softwares and expand your knowledge to other platforms. The Innovation Center also offers a unique opportunity for you to apply to become an SVVSD employee and join our Aero Team as an Aeronautical Engineer. Continue building your knowledge of Aeronautical design and get paid while having fun after school! 

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83152
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE83155
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Aeronautics and Innovation: Drone Design (Formerly UAS Design Integrations 2)

Build your own industry grade Multirotor drone! 

 Now that you have completed the Design, Build, & Fly Airplanes CTE83155 (Previously UAV Engineering) class, prepare for a thrilling exploration of drone technology in our 'Aeronautics and Innovation: Drone Design class.' You will embark on a hands-on journey, acquiring essential skills to craft, program, and understand multirotor drones from the ground up. Throughout the course, you will master drone anatomy, employ Design Thinking principles to create innovative designs, gain more proficiency in 2D and 3D CAD,and gain insight from industry professionals. You will learn to work with materials like balsa wood, 3D printing, electronics, learn soldering techniques, and explore circuitry. For advanced learners, the course delves into drone programming, enabling autonomous flight and mission planning using industry-standard software Ardupilot Mission Planner and the PixHawk system. You will gain skills in problem-solving, material understanding, project planning, and many other important skills that will help you become successful in your future endeavors. The course culminates in comprehensive project documentation to showcase your skills with an end of semester exhibition, preparing you for future careers in drone tech, aerospace, robotics, or UAV operation. At the end of the course, you will have the option to take home your personally crafted drones (minus electronics), as a testament to your journey.

Additional Benefits:
In this class you will be using Solid Professor AutoCAD tutorials to learn how to create 2D and 3D objects. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to take the Certification Exam and become CAD Certified. If you already have the AutoCAD Certification, we can explore other CAD softwares and expand your knowledge to other platforms. The Innovation Center also offers a unique opportunity for you to apply to become an SVVSD employee and join our Aero Team as an Aeronautical Engineer. Continue building your knowledge of Aeronautical design and get paid while having fun after school! 

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83153
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE83155
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Anatomical Case Studies VR

As part of the Innovation Center Bioscience pathway, students use the CSU Virtual Reality (VR) program in the classroom environment. Students explore clinical studies and case trials in which they try to solve using the VR program. Students will work with CSU mentors in virtual reality to navigate through the human body. Final case study presentations will be given to current health care professionals. By the end of this class, students will have applied medical terminology and understanding of anatomy and physiology to real world applications, as well as worked on professional collaboration with medical industry professionals.

Credits: 0.5 Science Credits (Students will earn 0.5 Science credits starting the 23/24 school year if they still need science credit. If the district’s science credit requirement has been met, then this class will count as 0.5 Practical Arts credit.)

This class is not NCAA accredited. 

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE85130
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Science or 0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
Biology 1 and Anatomy & Physiology
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Applied Innovation

Pioneering Tech and Creative Pathways to Future Success 

The world is changing rapidly due to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and advanced robotics. New career paths are emerging that require skills in these cutting-edge fields. In Applied Innovations, students will get hands-on experience with these technologies through real-world projects that solve problems for local businesses and nonprofits. Through a design thinking framework, students will empathize with end users, define key problems, ideate creative solutions, prototype potential products/services, and test them with real users. Concepts in digital storytelling will help students craft compelling narratives around their innovations. The course culminates in a showcase where students present their work to industry partners. This project-based course provides crucial skills for high-demand careers of the future while igniting student’ passion as creators and innovators. Students will gain practical experience with artificial intelligence, data science, extended reality, rapid prototyping, interaction design, digital media production, and more.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Creative Computing & Design
Course Number
CTE81115
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
Any of the following CTE86110 or CTE86105, or CTE81100 or instructor approval
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Applied Robotics

Design robots to save the world!

Macroplastics, microplastics, and microfibers are becoming more prevalent and dangerous by the day! 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 explore how technology can be leveraged to practically improve our world, as well as be used in artistic expression to raise awareness about global issues. Email [email protected] with questions.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Robotics
Course Number
CTE83202
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Aviation Meteorology

Aviation Meteorology presents the fundamentals of weather as it applies to aviation. Students will demonstrate functional knowledge in the areas of weather reports and forecasts, pilot and radar reports, weather charts, and analyzing available data in order to correctly determine if a flight can be completed safely. By the end of this course, students will have a great understanding of weather and its impacts on aviation.

This course is concurrent enrollment with Aims Community College and is equivalent to their AVT1005 Aviation Meteorology course. Students will earn 4 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83162
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE83157 or CTE83160
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Bioscience Explorers

Learn about life in space! 

 This is an introductory course to the bioscience pathway. Students will be introduced to current research in the fields of AgInnovation and human and animal biometrics all through the concepts and challenges of Bioastronautics. In addition to the scientific learnings, students will learn communication and collaboration skills through numerous engineering design challenges. This course provides for experiential learning beyond the classroom, experiencing current research lab tools and methodology, and building relationships that support growing careers in the bioscience pathway. 

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE85125
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
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Biotechnology Capstone

This capstone class extends bioengineering through hands-on team projects, emphasizing essential engineering skills like communication with industry professionals, teamwork, and the use of tools like virtual reality and 3D printing. Applications span biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and neuroscience, with transferable skills applicable to various science and engineering fields. The course concludes with a final showcase where students apply gained knowledge and skills to address real-world problems.

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Course Information

Grade Level
11, 12
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE85120
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE85110 or CTE85115 or CTE85205 AND Instructor Approval
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Business Analytics I

Make data-informed decisions!

Data is everywhere; it is the currency on which modern business relies. Businesses set themselves apart when they can leverage their data to drive insights and inform decisions across and in every aspect of the organization. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of cleaning, preparing, analyzing, visualizing, and communicating data, using it to inform decisions. Do you want to make informed decisions that will drive progress? Take Business Analytics I!

Taking Entrepreneurial Mindset (CTE80105) is recommended before this course but not required.

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Course Information

Grade Level
11, 12
Course Subject
Entrepreneurship
Course Number
CTE84141
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Cloud Computing Fundamentals

What is "the cloud"? What happens when you use "the cloud"? Did you know that you are using the cloud when you watch your favorite Netflix show, scroll through your Instagram feed, or use Google?

This course will open your eyes to the foundations of the future! Leveraging coursework by Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy, students will learn about the cutting edge of technology infrastructure. Students will explore:

  • The core concepts of cloud computing including services, security, architecture, and more
  • The business case for cloud computing
  • Emerging technology use cases enabled by cloud
  • How cloud computing has evolved
Even though this course does not require any prior cloud computing or programming experience, by the end of the semester, you will have created your own AWS Academy Cloud account and gained hands-on experience setting up a cloud service. This course prepares you to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam at the end of the semester. This will help you gain a competitive advantage in this high-demand industry and can lead to opportunities for higher-level industry certifications.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Cybersecurity
Course Number
CTE83130
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
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Coding Foundations with Python

Have you ever thought about diving into the world of programming? This beginner-friendly course is your perfect starting point to master Python. Python, known as the "Swiss army knife" of coding, powers an impressive range of applications—whether it's rocketing to the moon, managing financial portfolios, or breaking scientific barriers. No prior experience? Only toyed with block coding? No worries! We utilize the engaging environment of Jupyter Notebooks and physical computing with the Raspberry Pi and the Micro:bit to ensure you grasp the essence of Python. This course is thoughtfully designed for everyone. If your future sights are set on business, finance, or scientific pursuits, and you're curious about Python, look no further. This course is for you. If you have any questions, please contact Mai Vu at [email protected].

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Information and Communications Technology
Course Number
CTE80150
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
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Conservation Data Science

Investigate biological facets and collect data! 

 The course focuses on current data collection in our local community and teaches data science skills that are highly sought after in today’s physical science world. Students will gain practical experience with data science tools and collection methods, as well as data organization and presentation used in industry today. Data collection includes sensor work and is heavy in the environmental sciences. Students will work with several community partners to apply the data to real world problems as we work with live aquatic species. Students will complete the state recognized River Watch certification that covers procedures in water quality monitoring. Additionally, there is the opportunity to receive Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping credentials and expand data visualization skills. This multidisciplinary conservation data science course will prepare students for future careers or coursework in environmental science, statistical analysis, social and forensic science, biology, or engineering.

** Industry Certificates Available **

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE83240
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Science or 0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
Algebra 1 and Biology 1 (Biology 1 can be taken concurrently)
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Design Applications (Previously Product Design)

From your brain to their hands! 

 Design Applications builds on the Principles of Design Thinking (Design Foundations) course by providing students the opportunity to continue building their design skills around the field of product design. Students will learn how to research, ideate, sketch, render, 3D model, and present concepts for products that would be used in everyday life. In addition, weekly critiques and showcases will allow students to participate in the critique process and learn from one another, learning how to be part of teams and collaborate on projects. Students will be asked to keep a sketchbook which will be part of the course. As design becomes an ever more important field in that it can add significant value to companies products and operations, this course seeks to enable students to get a head start in the field of design and learn more about it as a career opportunity.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE86115
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE86110
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Design, Build, & Fly Airplanes (Formerly UAV Engineering)

Build your own airplane!

Embark on a journey of discovery in our Design, Build & Fly Airplanes course! Explore the history of flight, from the Wright brothers' pioneering achievements to the modern designs of aviation. Uncover the evolution of aerodynamics and learn why airplanes have their distinctive shapes. To ensure that you can be successful and experience the wonder of unpowered flight, we'll begin by building a simple glider. Next, you'll take flight to a new level as we move into groups and construct a simple powered RC airplane and learn the reasoning behind aircraft designs.

But the learning doesn't stop there! After building an RC airplane, we'll enter into the realm of 2D CAD (Computer-Aided Design). You'll begin your journey in the art of using CAD software to design and fabricate your very own custom plane design.

Throughout this hands-on learning experience, you'll also emphasize safety in RC flying, collaborate on group projects, gain insights from industry experts, and showcase your achievements with an end of semester exhibition. Whether you're interested in engineering or simply curious about aviation, get ready to take off and explore the world of flight!

This is a recommended course for students participating in the Erie High School Academy of Engineering and Aerospace.

Additional Benefits:

In this class you will be using Solid Professor AutoCAD tutorials to learn how to create 2D and 3D objects. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to take the Certification Exam and become CAD Certified. The Innovation Center also offers a unique opportunity for you to apply to become an SVVSD employee and join our Aero Team as an Aeronautical Engineer. Continue building your knowledge of Aeronautical design and get paid while having fun after school! 

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83155
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE83150 UAS Flight Concepts and Training OR CTE83157 Pilot Ground 1; Grades 10-12
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Developing a Video Series

TAKE YOUR IDEA FROM CONCEPT TO SCRIPT! 

Dive into the captivating realm of video series storytelling with, "Developing a Video Series." This dynamic course equips students with the essential skills needed to create a compelling series concept, develop gripping characters, and write an engaging pilot and supporting episodes. Through hands-on experiences, students will delve into the world of pre-production planning and scriptwriting. Emphasis will be placed on fostering creativity, teamwork, and effective communication skills, essential for collaboration in the video production industry. By the end of the course, students will have the expertise to develop their own video series, honing their talents as storytellers. Join us on this exciting journey where imagination meets technology, and where each student's unique creative vision is nurtured and brought to life on the small screen. 

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Video Arts
Course Number
CTE86132
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE86130- Intro to Video Production (Previously Studio Film Production)
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Drone (UAS) Applications

Welcome to Drone Applications, where we not only sharpen your drone skills but also show you how to put them to work in the real world. Before you join us, make sure to complete the Drone Flight Essentials course. If you already have a Part 107 Pilot License, that's a fantastic advantage! Throughout this course, you'll work with a team on actual drone projects as we embark in offsite jobs during class to gain real world experience and apply the practical side of these exciting technologies. We aim to team up with industry professionals and take a look at how experts use drones in their day-to-day work. You will learn how to use Mission Planner and the built in technologies to map missions using a variety of drones depending on the job requirements. Click here to see one of the Mavic Drones you will be learning to use for mapping missions and check out this video to see how drones are being used in surveying and mapping.

Additional Benefits:In this class you will maintain an industry standard Logbook of your missions to share with future employers.

The Innovation Center also offers a unique opportunity for you to become an SVVSD employee and join our Aero Team as Certified Drone Pilot for the UAS Operations Division. Imagine gaining valuable experience and a paycheck while doing something you enjoy! 

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83151
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE83150 // Grades 10-12
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Drone Flight Essentials (Formerly UAS Flight Concepts and Training)

Learn to fly a drone and get your commercial UAV License! 

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, have become a part of the modern technological landscape. Gain hands-on experience in maneuvering drones, mastering essential flight techniques, and understanding the principles of safe operation. Explore the world of both fixed-wing and multirotor drones, and discover the unique capabilities and applications of each type. Develop the skills and knowledge required to become a Certified Drone Pilot in the National Airspace System. Even if you're new to aviation, you'll grasp important concepts such as pilot-in-command responsibilities, aircraft performance, aviation meteorology, and the flight environment. With approximately 70% of our class time dedicated to classroom instruction and 30% to hands-on drone maneuvering, you'll experience a well-rounded education that combines theory with practical skills. Click here to see one of the Mavic Drones you will be learning to fly and check out this video to see how drones are helping to change the world.

Additional Benefits:
Industry Certification: Successfully completing this program will make you eligible to take the FAA Part 107 test. Passing this test can earn you the prestigious FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, opening doors to future career possibilities in the drone industry. If you earn this certification you can apply to work for the Innovation Center Aero Team UAS Operations Division and start earning money.

College Credits: We are proud to offer concurrent enrollment with Aims Community College (AVT 1055), where you can earn three college credits upon successfully completing this course. This means that in addition to gaining valuable drone piloting skills, you'll also get a head start on your college journey should you decide to attend Aims Community College.

***Concurrent Enrollment: Aims CC // AVT 1055 // 3 college credits (Concurrent Credit not offered Spring 2024)

** Industry Certificate Available **

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83150
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Entrepreneurial Journey

Take your idea from concept to pitch!

(Formerly Entrepreneurial Business Development CTE84130)

Great ideas and successful businesses are often grown from fierce passion combined with disciplined process. In this course, students will learn the process of taking an idea from concept to pitch and apply it to developing a business idea of their own, while learning valuable product management skills.This includes identifying a problem; forming a team; learning about the customer; developing a solution that meets customers’ needs; analyzing and differentiating themselves from competitors; creating a marketing strategy; projecting financials; and creating a prototype. By the end of the course, students will have a pitch deck, which they will pitch to industry professionals. Students will also verify their skills with the Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) certification exam. Do you want to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and how to take your idea–something you are passionate about–to market? Take Entrepreneurial Journey: Concept to Pitch!

Taking Entrepreneurial Mindset (CTE80105) is recommended before this course but not required.

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Entrepreneurship
Course Number
CTE80107
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Entrepreneurial Mindset

Develop the attitudes, behaviors, and skills for success!

In today's dynamic world, success often hinges on the way we think and act. Our mindset has the power to differentiate us from the average person, empowering us to do the extraordinary. In this course, students will develop the attitudes, behaviors, and skills for success. This includes identifying talents, developing them into strengths, and leveraging those strengths personally and in teams; creating and implementing a trusted productivity system; developing networking skills by creating a resume and doing mock interviews; and defining a problem and iterating human-centered solutions using Design Thinking. These are invaluable skills to any endeavor, including entrepreneurship. Do you want to challenge yourself to grow and set yourself apart as a thinker and leader? Take Entrepreneurial Mindset!

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Entrepreneurship
Course Number
CTE80105
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Ethical Hacking

Be a hacker; ethically.

In this course you will uncover the art of penetration testing—a way to find and fix vulnerabilities in digital systems. We’ll start with the basics and guide you through planning, sneaky reconnaissance, scanning, clever exploitation, post-exploitation tactics, and even how to report your findings. Imagine becoming a digital detective, learning how to uncover weak spots before the bad guys can. Plus, you won’t just learn, you’ll also get to practice your skills in hands-on labs using a cloud-based setup.

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Cybersecurity
Course Number
CTE80130
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE80120
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Experimental Science

This course explores introductory laboratory fundamental principles and procedures performed in general biology, biochemistry, biogeology and physics lab settings. This course covers many basic scientific principles; however, that is not the focus of course. Students utilize lab equipment and apply the scientific method to a series of experiments across all scientific disciplines. Additionally, they will learn and be required to follow all necessary safety regulations and lab notebook documentation. This class prepares students to be critical thinkers and for future science and hands-on engineering and design courses, as well as an introduction to careers in professional lab settings.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE85118
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
Grades 9-10
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Harnessing AI in the Real World

 This course explores the transformative power of artificial intelligence in contemporary commerce. Participants will uncover how AI revolutionizes marketing, from predictive analytics to tailoring personalized consumer experiences. Given AI's advanced capacity to generate content, this course provides hands-on projects showcasing this potential in business settings. Activities include formulating AI-driven marketing strategies, crafting logos using generative design, designing AI-generated websites, and employing AI as an assistant for business communications. By the course's conclusion, students will have a deep understanding of AI's role in the business realm and gain hands-on experience using AI tools for practical commercial outcomes. Perfect for forward-thinking business students, this course seamlessly blends technological innovation with business insight, preparing students for the ever-evolving world of commerce. If you have any questions, please contact Mai Vu at [email protected].

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Information and Communications Technology
Course Number
CTE83222
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Intro to Cybersecurity

Protect your data; protect yourself!

Step into an exhilarating journey of cybersecurity like never before! This dynamic course is your ticket to mastering the art of shielding yourself and businesses from digital threats. From unraveling the mysteries of encryption to deciphering hacker tactics in Types of Attacks, you’ll explore Citizen Security, Networking, Cyber Defense, Ethics and Law, and Risk Management in an engaging and hands-on way. Get ready to wield industry tools, unlock the secrets of the digital realm, and emerge as a skilled digital defender. This course isn’t just about learning—it’s about becoming the cyber-hero the world needs!

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Cybersecurity
Course Number
CTE80120
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Intro to Game Design

Build it, play it, repeat!  

Dive into the captivating world of game design in our Intro to Game Design class. Starting in MakeCode students will design and develop their own arcade-style video game. Using Unreal Engine 5, they'll explore the magic of real-time 3D engines, laying a strong foundation for their journey into the game design universe.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE83230
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Introduction to Aeronautics

Ever dreamed of flying? Or maybe controlling a drone is more your style? Either way, our "Intro to Aeronautics" class has got you covered! This exciting course is your first step into the vast sky of aviation, mixing cool theory with even cooler hands-on activities. Here’s what you’ll get to explore:

Learn to fly using a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, one of the most popular planes out there. You'll practice making smart decisions in the air, staying aware of everything around you, managing risks, and controlling the plane like a pro. From the basics of taking off to navigating and landing, we've got all the real-world skills you'll need.

Drones are more than just fun—they're the future! We'll get into everything about drones, from flying them safely to understanding all the different types they come in. You'll even have the chance to earn your Certified Drone Pilot wings.

About 50% of our time will be spent diving into the brainy stuff behind flying. We're talking weather patterns, how planes and drones actually stay up in the air, the rules of the skies, and how airports work. Plus, you'll get hands-on with flight simulators, discover how drones are changing the world, and analyze aircraft design.

Whether you see yourself as a pilot, an aerospace engineer, or a drone expert, this course lays the groundwork for your dreams. You'll finish with a deep understanding of how to fly, how weather affects flying, and how to navigate the vast airspace.

This course is perfect for anyone with a strong interest in flying, a good work ethic, and a readiness to tackle challenging exercises and problems. By the end, you'll be equipped to understand how things fly, make smart decisions in the air, and maybe even take the first step towards flying drones professionally.

So, are you ready to take off into the world of aviation? Join us in "Intro to Aeronautics" and start your journey to the skies!

**This course is not recommended if you have already taken: Aviation Discovery, UAS Flight Concepts and Training or Pilot Ground 1

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83154
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Train AI Models!

Artificial Intelligence(AI) is a rapidly evolving field that is quickly transforming our society. 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, and the ethical 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 Furhat robots. Some experience with programming and/or robotics is helpful, but not required.

** Industry Certificate Available **

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Information and Communications Technology
Course Number
CTE83220
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Introduction to Biotechnology

Introduction to Biotechnology is a course designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students will attain knowledge about the field of biotechnology and deepen their understanding of the biological concepts used. In addition, students will develop the laboratory, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Furthermore, students will explore and evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology through readings, laboratory experiments, class discussions, research projects, guest speakers, and workplace visits.

This class will apply towards St. Vrain's science credit graduation requirement, but it is not NCAA accredited.

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE85115
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Science
Prerequisite
Biology 1 & Chemistry 1 & Algebra 1
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Introduction to Video Production (Formerly Studio Film Production)

Lights, Camera, Action!

Intro to Video Production provides an authentic real-world experience in the video and film production environments. This course empowers students to engage in and be exposed to the audio, video, and lighting technical skills needed for both studio and field production. Students will explore the endless production job opportunities, industry specific regulations, techniques and processes. Students will also gain knowledge of basic production terminology, professional set etiquette, a variety of script formats and video editing basics in Adobe Premiere Pro. By the end of the semester, students will utilize their new skills to create a video production of their own. Register for Intro to Video Production and experience the real world of video and film production!

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Video Arts
Course Number
CTE86130
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Linux Essentials

Open doors to Linux: open the sources! 

Get ready to explore Linux! We’ll start from the basics and dive into the Linux way of doing things. You’ll learn essential tools like command lines and text editors, and then progress to handling advanced tasks like managing users and setting up networks. By the end, you’ll be equipped with the skills to navigate Linux confidently and tackle real-world system administration challenges.

Opportunity to earn the Linux Essentials Certification.

Concurrent Enrollment – Aims CC (3 college credits)

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Cybersecurity
Course Number
CTE80135
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Live Streaming & Broadcasting Video Production (Formerly TriCaster Certification)

Ever wanted to feel the rush of live video production? In the Live Streaming & Broadcasting Video Production class students will gain real world live video streaming & broadcasting production skills. Students will examine the techniques and technologies involved in creating multi-camera live shoots for streaming sites such as Twitch and YouTube along with broadcast television genres such as news, sporting events, game and reality shows. Students will explore the unique logistical, structural, and aesthetic methodologies that distinguish live streaming and broadcast production from other types of production. The class will utilize a variety of multi-camera switcher systems like OBS, ATEM and the NewTek TriCaster. Students will take the audio, video and lighting skills learned in the Introduction course (CTE86130) to the next level. If desired, students will even have the opportunity to become Certified TriCaster Operators. By the end of the semester, students will create a live video production utilizing all of their new production skills. So, register for Live Streaming & Broadcasting Video Production and feel the live production rush!

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Video Arts
Course Number
CTE82100
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE86130
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Music Repair Fundamentals

Train your mind, hands, and ears! 

 This is an introductory course in the industry direction of Instrument Repair Technician. Through instrument cleaning and diagnostics, students will build entry level knowledge and skills in anatomy and design, safety and operations, organization, technician temperament, and assembly/disassembly. A general overview of instrument families will be utilized with beginner level application on brass instruments and readiness for others. Develop your technician’s temperament while laying the groundwork for a potential future in music instrument repair.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Music Repair Fundamentals
Course Number
CTE82150
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
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Neuroscience Research and Design

Neuroscience Research and Design uses virtual reality to introduce real world research regarding current trends in the field of neuroscience. This advanced-level course includes an in-depth investigation about the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and brain development as well as the opportunity to manipulate live data through microscopy and report findings. This course will include; problem identification, investigation design, data collection, data analysis, formulation, and presentation of the conclusions. This course opens up many connections with potential industry partners and opportunities for students to take the Bioscience Capstone course, which will allow for neuroscience citizen science project involvement.

Check out a short video here.

This class will apply towards St. Vrain's science credit graduation requirement, but it is not NCAA accredited.

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Course Information

Grade Level
11, 12
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE85205
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Science
Prerequisite
Biology 1 & Chemistry 1
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P-Teach: Child Ecology

Have you ever wondered about how our brains and bodies develop?

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 and how children learn. For questions please email Melissa Dole.

This course is offered every other year in the Spring (Spring 2024, Spring 2026, Spring 2028, etc.).

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3471
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Child Guidance and Classroom Community

Would you like to learn how to address children's social emotional needs and how to create a connected community in your classroom?

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 Melissa Dole.

This course is offered every other year in the Fall (Fall 2024, Fall 2026, Fall 2028, etc.) 

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3472
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Children's Literature: Rebels, Villains, and Superheroes

Ever wonder how authors use children's literature to teach, inspire, connect, include, and expand children's worlds? This course explores both classic and contemporary children’s and adolescent literature and media in traditional and digital texts, specifically focusing on developing literary understandings, exploring perspectives and personal responses to literature, and inquiring into trends and issues.

Concurrent Enrollment: CU Denver // 3 college credits

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3482
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
.5
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Community Based Field Experience

Want to see what the profession of teaching looks and feels like while earning college credit?

Work in a classroom, helping a teacher, and gain invaluable experience with students. This field 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. This course requires 60 hours of meeting time with student and instructor per semester for 0.5 credits and completion of a meeting log with specific meeting times and dates.

This course is offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters every school year.

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

For questions please email Melissa Dole.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3473
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Digital Teaching and Learning

Are you interested in evaluating the trustworthiness of different forms of media and creating digital content of your own?

In this course, you will learn to effectively use a variety of digital tools and media for your own learning, designing lessons for your students, and sharing content with a professional learning network. If you are interested in any STEM-related field, this class will bolster your teaching skills in this area. This is a survey of technology for: 

  1. Your own learning, informally and in class
  2. Your students' learning when you become a teacher
  3. Sharing with peers and colleagues. 
Use tools to address problems of equity, access, and learning needs. For questions please email Melissa Dole.

This course is offered every other year in the Fall (Fall 2023, Fall 2025, Fall 2027, etc.).

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3480
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: English Composition 1

Does the idea of reading, writing, and research about teaching-related issues sound interesting? Are you a P-Teach student?

This course provides opportunities to write for different purposes and audiences, with an emphasis on learning how to respond to various rhetorical situations; improving critical thinking, reading, and writing abilities; understanding various writing processes; and gaining a deeper knowledge of language conventions.

This course is offered every year in the Fall after school.

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

For questions about this class, please email Melissa Dole at [email protected]

Course Information

Grade Level
12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3478
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Language Arts
Prerequisite
P-Teach Student
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P-Teach: English Composition 2

Did you take English Comp 1 in the fall? 

This class focuses on academic and other types of research-based writing and builds on the work completed in ENGL Comp 1. This class focuses on critical thinking, reading and writing as well as working with primary and secondary source material to produce a variety of research-based essays. There is emphasis on using both print-based and electronic-based information.

This course is offered every year in the spring after school.

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

For questions about this class, please email Melissa Dole at [email protected]

Course Information

Grade Level
12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3479
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Language Arts
Prerequisite
PS3478
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P-Teach: Internship

Want to explore what the profession of teaching looks and feels like?

Work in a classroom, helping a teacher, and gain invaluable experiences with students. Students are eligible to participate in an education specific internship in the P-TEACH pathway of their choice. Internship opportunities are individualized to match the interests of students. Current internship opportunities range from Community Schools, PreK, Elementary, or Secondary, Music, Art, SPED, Speech, Coaches, Project Launch during the summer, etc. This course requires 60 hours of meeting time with student and instructor per semester for 0.5 credits and completion of a meeting log with specific meeting times and dates. For questions please email Melissa Dole.

This course is offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters every year.

Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
CTE9999
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Are you interested in learning more about the world of Early Childhood Education, ages birth-3rd grade?

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.

This course is offered every year during the fall semester.

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

For questions please email Melissa Dole.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3470
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Introductory Statistics

Would you like to learn how teachers use data in their practices? 

Take a supported and in depth look at the world of statistics in the context of education. Learn basic statistical concepts, summarizing data, probability concepts, distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing. 

This course is year-long course offered after school.

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 4 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

For questions about this class, please email Melissa Dole at [email protected]

Course Information

Grade Level
12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3490
Course Duration
2 Semesters
Course Credit
1.0 Mathematics
Prerequisite
P-Teach Student
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P-Teach: Language, Identity & Power

Want to learn how to become one of those teachers who creates a strong sense of belonging in their classroom?

This course explores the relationship between language, identity, and power in various educational and international contexts. Curriculum includes a survey of race, ethnicity, gender, media, criminal justice, and the creation of safe, engaging and inclusive spaces for teaching/supporting children. The course considers how legacies of inequality for particular communities are reflected in societal attitudes about languages and language users and subsequent language planning.

This course is offered every other year in the Fall (Fall 2023, Fall 2025, Fall 2027, etc.).

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

For questions please email Melissa Dole.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3474
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Maker Studio

Do you believe learning should be fun and project-based? Do you like choice, applied learning and human-centered design? 

In this course, you will learn about maker culture and tools while collaborating with others to creatively solve real-world problems using design thinking. These challenges will prepare you to design engaging and innovative learning experiences. If you are interested in any STEM-related field, this class will bolster your teaching skills in this area. 

This course is offered every other year in the spring (Spring 2024, Spring 2026, Spring 2028, etc.).

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

For questions about this class, please email Melissa Dole at [email protected]

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3481
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: STEM Methods

Would you like to use the design thinking process to create lesson plans that engage students with technology?

The STEM Methods course is a framework-based class where students will develop a strong 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. Students will use these skills to plan and carry out their own STEM-aligned lessons. For questions please email Melissa Dole.

This course is offered every other year in the spring (Spring 2023, Spring 2025, Spring 2027, etc.).

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3476
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Understanding dis(Abilities)

Would you like to learn more about the world of Special Education and the strengths and needs of students with special needs?

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 Melissa Dole.

This course is offered the spring semester of every year.

This course is concurrent enrollment with CU-Denver. Students earn 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3475
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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P-Teach: Universal Design Learning

Want to know how to meet the needs of your individual students in ways that honor their strengths and uniqueness?

This course will introduce Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an important, contemporary educational philosophy, a set of principles & techniques that focus on strategies and tools to help ALL students by accommodating their differences in inclusive classroom settings.

Concurrent Enrollment: CU Denver // 3 college credits

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
P-TEACH
Course Number
PS3483
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
.5
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Principles of Biomedical Engineering

Creating for the future of medicine! This lecture-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 by designing and building a prototype and then presenting a product concept to various audiences at CSU.

***Concurrent Enrollment: CSU // BIOM 109 // 1 college credit

0.5 Science Credits (Students will earn 0.5 Science credits starting the 23/24 school year if they still need science credit. If the district’s science credit requirement has been met, then this class will count as 0.5 Practical Arts credit.)

This class is not NCAA accredited.

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Bioscience
Course Number
CTE85110
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Science
Prerequisite
Biology 1 & Chemistry 1 & Algebra 1
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Principles of Design Thinking (Formerly Design Foundations)

Visualize your thinking! 

 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.

***Concurrent Enrollment: CSU // IDEA210 // 3 college credits

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE86110
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Principles of Digital Art

Transforming Traditional Art into Digital Mastery!

Take traditional drawing, painting, and sculpting skills and launch them into the digital world. Illustrate ideas with the latest digital tools to expand future career possibilities in digital fine art.

Learning Outcomes: Students delve into character design, animation, and basic principles of art such as perspective and shading digitally.

Tools Used: Students make choices using digital illustration tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Procreate, & Sketches Pro.

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Course Information

Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE86105
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
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Principles of Virtual Reality (Formerly Intro to Augmented & Virtual Reality)

Ignite your imagination and create the future! 

This course introduces students to principles, techniques, and the skills required to develop a variety of advanced technology solutions. Students will be introduced to such technologies as VR and XR using a variety of different equipment including Meta Quest, HTC Vive, Pico Neos, and other immersive devices. This class focuses on using new and emerging technologies to solve real-world challenges and a variety of different applications and use cases. Developing exciting new applications through techniques such as Digital Storytelling and Design Thinking provides each student with cutting edge knowledge and hands-on experiences in high demand across a variety of different industries and career paths. 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.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE81100
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Private Pilot Ground School

Private Pilot Ground School presents aeronautical knowledge for student pilots focused on the Cessna C-172 Skyhawk and its systems and instruments, basic aerodynamics, aircraft performance, the flight environment, communication procedures, Federal Aviation Regulations, navigation, weather, and aeromedical factors. This course will prepare the student for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Airplane knowledge examination, a requirement to become a certified Private Pilot. Students will be able to master flying skills such as takeoffs, landings, and performance maneuvers to the proficiency of Airmen Certificate Standards (ACS). Students will be prepared to begin flight training at local flight schools.

This course is concurrent enrollment with Aims Community College and is equivalent to their AVT 1001 Private Pilot Ground School course. Students earn 4 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Aeronautics
Course Number
CTE83165
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Course Fee
FAA Private Pilot Airplane Exam (TBA)
Prerequisite
CTE83157 Pilot Ground 1 or CTE83158 Pilot Ground 2 or CTE83154 Intro to Aeronautics or CTE83160 Aviation Discovery or CTE83162 Aviation Meteorology
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Project Management

Efficiently and effectively get the right things done!

Life is full of projects, and mastering the art of project management is the key to turning your vision into a reality. Whether it is a weekend project at home, semester project at school, passion project in your spare time, or starting a business, it is important to manage that project for optimal success, efficiently and effectively getting the right things done. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of project management by taking a real-world project from initiation to close and will apply those fundamentals to their own projects. Students will also verify their skills with the PMI Project Management Ready certification exam. Project Management is a skill set used in a variety of career paths, including entrepreneurship. Do you want to take your vision to the next level through implementation? Take Project Management!

Taking Entrepreneurial Mindset (CTE80105) is recommended before this course but not required.

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Course Information

Grade Level
10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Entrepreneurship
Course Number
CTE84135
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Python in Cybersecurity

Slither your way into coding and apply it to AI and cybersecurity!

Get ready for an exhilarating coding adventure designed just for you! In the first half, we’ll unlock the wonders of Python—your gateway to making computers do incredible things. You’ll conquer data types, variables, conditional statements, looping, functions, text files, and more. But here’s where it gets seriously awesome—in the second half, we’ll take your Python skills to the next level and dive headfirst into Cybersecurity magic. Think password cracking, automating tasks, and more.

Opportunity to earn the PCEP – Certified Entry Level Python Programming Certification

Concurrent Enrollment – Aims CC (3 college credits)

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Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Cybersecurity
Course Number
CTE80125
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Robotics A: Design/Electronics

Build an Underwater Robot!

This course will have a strong focus on how robots are designed and built. It is one of two courses designed to help you build up your robotics skillset and, in turn, to prepare you for more rigorous and authentic robotic opportunities like advanced classes and competitions. Projects expected to be worked on this semester will be our underwater robot built, several R&D projects, an autonomous underwater float, and our earthquake simulation shake-table. You'll explore the following in this course:

Fundamentals of 2-D and 3-D design
Human-centered and engineering design processes
Tools and approaches for design (sketching, CAD)
Prototyping techniques and materials
Basics of electronic design
Mechanics of effective robotic design
Engineering practices such as testing and documentation

Email Nate Wilcox with questions.

Teacher

Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Robotics
Course Number
CTE83205
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Robotics B: Computer Science & Applied Engineering

Design Your Own Social Robot!

This course will have a strong focus on how robots are programmed and the interdisciplinary nature of Robotics. It is one of two courses designed to help you build up your robotics skillset and, in turn, prepare you for more rigorous and authentic robotic opportunities like Robotics for a Better World and Competitive Robotics. You'll explore the following in this course:

  • Fundamentals of Computer Science in Robotics
  • Human-centered and engineering design processes
  • The nature of the uncanny valley in robotic design
  • The relationship between robotics and math, science, material science, etc.
  • Engineering practices such as testing and documentation

Email Nate Wilcox with questions.

Teacher

Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Robotics
Course Number
CTE83207
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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Robotics Exploration

Hands-on Exploration of Robotics!

If you have had little or no experience with robotics, this course is a perfect introduction. You will learn about the wide world of robotics by exploring the different types and uses of robots in our world as well as possible robotic careers. Activities will be very hands-on and you’ll have a chance to explore the different standards of robotics (like design, fabrication, electronics, and computer science) using fun and unique technologies at the Innovation Center. Email Nate Wilcox with questions.

Teacher

Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Robotics
Course Number
CTE83201
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
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The Art of Series Production

 TAKE YOUR SCRIPTS TO SCREEN! 

 In "The Art of Series Production" class, students will embark on an exhilarating and immersive journey into the captivating realm of video series production. Throughout the semester, students will produce the video series concept developed in the preceding "Developing a Video Series" course. Through hands-on experiences, participants will assume various pivotal roles, including producer, director, showrunner, crew member, and casting director, among others.By the end of the semester, students will have successfully crafted a compelling and fully-realized video series, showcasing their creativity, technical expertise, and storytelling prowess. This class offers a unique and invaluable opportunity for aspiring series producers, directors, videographers, lighting and audio technicians, and storytellers to gain practical insights into the dynamic world of series production. With their imaginative abilities at the forefront, students will have the chance to transform their vision into reality. 

Teacher

Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Video Arts
Course Number
CTE86134
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
CTE86130- Intro to Video Production (Previously Studio Film Production)
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The Arts in Virtual Reality (Formerly A/R & V/R Development for STEAM)

This class is equally applicable to those who are interested in understanding AR & VR technologies as well as those who want to use these as tools for solving real-world challenges. Students are introduced to a variety of applications and experiences employing project-based learning techniques which will be used to develop solutions in such areas as societal, industry, academic and community challenges. Working individually and as teams, participants will employ principles of Design Thinking, Project Management, Engineering and the Arts to create new and innovative solutions covering a variety of real-world topics. Projects may include work with industry partners and commercial mentors.

Teacher

Course Information

Grade Level
9, 10, 11, 12
Course Subject
Design
Course Number
CTE81110
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Credit
0.5 Practical Arts
Prerequisite
None
Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools