Students will be registering for courses with their Advisor. We encourage students and families to make use of the Curriculum Guide to investigate their choices, check prerequisites, and confirm entry requirements. Current teachers, Advisors, Department Chairs, and Grade Deans should also be consulted as resources. When you read the below policies, please disregard references to signatures, sign-ups, and approvals. Once course selections are made, each Department will review them in order to approve or recommend another approach.
Interdisciplinary Elective STEAM Courses
These courses are entry level and have no pre-requisite.
This course will build students' fundamental skills in designing, constructing and programming robots. Students will learn principles of electrical and mechanical engineering including building and programming sensors and motors. Students will have hands-on experience constructing their own robot both individually and in teams. Throughout the course students will compete in robotics challenges. Students in this course may attend the VEX Robotics Competitions with the Robotics Club. This course does not currently fulfill the Computer Science requirement in place for the classes of 2023 and beyond. (1/2 unit, spring & fall, grades 10,11, 12; prerequisite: none.)
Want to solve real life problems? Enjoy designing and making? This course will introduce students to various fields of engineering through interdisciplinary problem solving and the completion of student-designed projects. Engineers apply the principles of design, mathematics, science, and computer science to solve real-world problems. Students will plan, design, build, analyze, and stress test a variety of projects of their own designs. Have an interest in designing buildings, ships, or bridges? How about rockets, cars, or playground equipment? Robots, alarms, or digital maps? Renewable energy technologies? If so, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, or Chemical Engineering may be in your future! Students will complete several such projects, including a capstone design. This course does not currently fulfill the Computer Science requirement in place for the classes of 2023 and beyond. (1/2 unit, spring, grades 10, 11, 12; prerequisite: none.)
This course is an introduction to working in and becoming ambassadors/leaders for the RCDS Makerspace. Through this course, students will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of 21st Century advanced technology by receiving training to develop their skills of rapid prototyping, problem-solving, and invention. This course provides students the know-how to operate and use the equipment, fortify their confidence while removing some of their fear, and allow more time for creativity and exploration. Students will work with teachers to develop innovative projects that support the teachers’ curricula, help students with projects and tools, and teach about the technology in the Makerspace. This apprenticeship will also provide students with time to collaborate with each other on advanced projects. This course is pass/fail. (¼ credit per semester; Grades 9 - 12, prerequisite none, 3 meetings per cycle)
Have you ever wondered how biologists were able to sequence the human genome, create accurate models of the brain, or model biological systems? Would you love to better understand how biologists use big data and programming to solve human problems? Then, this course is for you! Students will be taught the power of pairing computational thinking with answering biological questions. Students will use the programming language Python to implement, test, and debug algorithms for solving simple problems. For example, students will use programming to analyze and compare DNA sequences from different species, and to discover variability within the genome. This course will provide an appropriate challenge for both the experienced and the novice programmer. This course fulfills the Computer Science requirement in place for the classes of 2023 and beyond. (1/2 unit, fall, or spring, grades 9, 10, 11, 12, prerequisite: B+ or better in Biology)