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9th Grade Pathway Electives

STEMM Academy students entering 9th grade can select one of the following pathway courses that interests them the most. 

Computer Science Pathway

Web Design 
This course provides a hands-on introduction to designing, building, and launching websites. Students begin learning how the World Wide Web works, and examining successful websites. Then they learn the basics of HTML coding and create their own web pages. Next, students explore various web development tools, and they get practice creating websites using Adobe Dreamweaver. They learn how to make their websites more effective by applying the principles of design as well as usability and accessibility criteria. In the final unit, students explore a variety of web design careers that they might want to pursue.

Engineering Pathway

PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Medical Pathway

PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science 
In this course, students explore concepts of biology and medicine as they take on roles of different medical professionals to solve real-world problems. Over the course of the year, students are challenged in various scenarios including investigating a crime scene to solve a mystery, diagnosing and proposing treatment to patients in a family medical practice, to tracking down and containing a medical outbreak at a local hospital, stabilizing a patient during an emergency, and collaborating with others to design solutions to local and global medical problems.