The Advanced Career (AC) program is part of the High Schools That Work Initiative, supported by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). AC fuses a rigorous and relevant blend of technical and academic skills in authentic projects. These courses give students a greater depth of knowledge and skills — and prepare them for more options after they graduate.
Aerospace Engineering - Students in this curriculum will explore how to design, build, test and analyze the forces and physical properties of planes, rockets and unmanned vehicles. Through project-based learning, students will explore the future of aerospace and learn to apply those habits of behavior and mind unique to the field.
Automated Materials Joining Technology will appeal to students who want to focus on joining and forming technologies, materials science, computer-aided design and automated systems — key facets of advanced manufacturing — while applying math and science knowledge to design and produce products.
Bridging the Gap – Students become civil engineers as they design a new bike path bridge to cross a stream that accommodates two bicycle lanes and emergency vehicles. Students explore types of bridges, static forces and scale factors in drawing and model-building.
Students design a commemorative coin for the U.S. Mint that highlights a social or historical event. Students use rapid prototyping to test their designs and explore how density, mass, and volume can help to determine the dimensions of their designs.
Students become Center for Disease Control investigators researching a suspected disease outbreak. Students develop a disease containment plan by exploring existing containment procedures, mathematical growth models and testing procedures.
Students become packaging designers as they reverse engineer existing package designs to use flatstock material and be more environmentally friendly. Students explore material properties, volume, surface area and mathematical nets.
Students become research company workers as they develop improved blades for wind turbines used in different geographic areas. Students explore drag and lift as they design their blades and experiment with independent and dependent variables.