The Importance of Advanced Studies
by Drew Schwartz
This unique experience, available to all high school students, offers hands-on investigations into a variety of specialized areas of science. Students will have the opportunity to study with expert instructors, working in well-equipped laboratories or traveling to the field, seeing plants and animals in their natural habitats. These courses are provided tuition-free to all DeKalb County School District students. The courses are available to students outside of DeKalb County on a space-available, fee basis. Contact the science center for more information.
To apply, students must submit an application obtained from their school counselor or you may download one here. To be considered, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, submit a teacher recommendation form from a science teacher and provide a brief statement explaining why they wish to enroll in the course. Please note that the Center's policy requires students to have good attendance. Participants may be dropped from a course after three absences. Please see the detailed course descriptions below. Students must provide their own transportation to the science center.
|Course Descriptions 2016 - 2017
Science of Food
Field Based Environmental Science
Ornithology: The Study of Birds
|The following courses require that you attend both semesters|
|Advanced Placement Physics C
A two-semester course in calculus-based physics for prospective science and engineering majors. Our course emphasizes experimental work and problem solving, and can give successful students a year of college credit.
Instructor: Mr. Michael Dowling
Day/Time: Mon and Thurs 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Prerequisites: Calculus (concurrently), Physics (recommended)
Credit: 1.0 Carnegie Unit
Advanced Placement Chemistry
The prerequisite for this course is completion of AP Chemistry or Currently enrolled in AP Chemistry. Completion of AP Physics is preferred, but not required.
Instructors: Vashonda Davis
|Robotics and Engineering
This two semester, project-based course will introduce students to basic CAD principles used in the robotics industry and present the interrelationship of various technology systems. Each semester is independent of the other. Fall semester is a prerequisite for Spring, but students may attend Fall only. We will use AutoDesk Inventor software to design robotic components, interface with a CNC router and construct with appropriate tooling. The students will compete in the BEST Robotics challenge at Southern Polytechnic State University. If they advance to the Regionals, they will also compete at South's BEST at Auburn University in December. The students will utilize current technology to develop an understanding of skills required for designing and constructing a robot that has to perform specific functions. Part of the competition involves project management, contest, an exhibit, logo design and formal presentation. Students learn to use creative skills to market their robot and exhibit it at local community and school events. As we approach competition dates, we will be required to meet more often than regularly scheduled.
Instructor: Dr. Debi Huffman
Day/time: Wednesday 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Saturdays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Additional time TBD.
Credit: 1 Carnegie Unit
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