STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School 6th Grade Courses
Advisory: Each day the students will start the day in an advisory class where students will develop their Social Emotional Learning Skills, College, and Career Readiness Skills, and prepare for future exams such as TSI, ACT, and SAT.
6th Grade Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies: Both Pre-AP and Regular Courses will be offered at the STEAM Academy.
Computer Science Discoveries Course: This course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as programming, physical computing, HTML/CSS, and data. Students engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun. The course inspires students as they build their own websites, apps, games, and physical computing devices.
Project Lead the Way: (6th-grade students will receive .5 high school CTE credit for successfully completing the 2 sem. courses below).
• Semester 1 – Design and Modeling: Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.
• Semester 2 – Automation and Robotics: Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX robotics program.
Makerspace Education: Partnership with SMU to develop and implement a robust, relevant Makerspace Program utilizing Design Thinking. (More about Makerspace)
Arts: Students may take Beginner Band, Beginner Choir, or extended arts through Makerspace/Technology. All students will take an exploratory arts course that will expose them to a variety of arts (examples of potential classes to be offered: dance, photography, theater arts, graphic arts, videography, floral design, construction design, creative writing, etc.).