Information Technology Pathway Update

Our GT block students just finished a unit on Employability Skills.  Students practiced  professional communication, including emails and a cover letter.  They developed a personal resume and participated in mock interviews.  While this was a new experience for many of our students, the response was quite positive.  Students understood the relevance of these communication items for college applications and internship possibilities.  Now our GT Block students in Intro to Digital Technology are learning how to make music with JavaScript code using EarSketch, an online coding platform developed by GA Tech.  Students learn to use their coding skills to create musical pieces to fit specific tasks, such as background music for a game or a new ring tone for their phone.  You might even hear a new bell sound at IA in the next few weeks.

In AP Computer Science Principles, the students jumped into the world of Big Data by learning to clean, filter and analyze data sets.  They looked for patterns in the data to identify correlations between topics, such as the relationship between hours of sleep and mood or the relationship between the amount of work after school with the status in the family (oldest child, middle child, youngest child or only child).  Now the APCSP students are learning how to keep kour data safe in our Cybersecurity unit.  They will dig into authentication measures, symmetric and asymmetric encryption and cyber threats.

Our students will be getting information over the next few weeks on IT courses available for them next year.  Be on the lookout for info about our new offerings:  AP Computer Science A, Intro to Cybersecurity, Game Design, Foundations of Networking and Embedded Computing.

Engineering Pathway Update

Engineering 1 (Gt Block) – Classes are diving into a brand-new project! These projects are centered around strengthening the skills learnt first semester with a new application. Let’s reinforce that foundation!

Engineering 2 – Classes are advancing their skills in CAD and learning how to do assemblies and animations. Some Engineering 2 students have also applied their CAD skills into projects for other classes!

AVFT – Special visual effects and sound creation are being emphasized as students learn to refine their use of technology.

Robotics – Coach Huntley and Coach Reid are so proud of all the hard work! Today was a big day. Academic Support thank you for handling the grade check. Accounting thank you for prepping all the requests through Forms. Analyst thanks for the huge .ppt and research. Arena thanks for all of progress on the hangar. Attorney thank you for keeping us legal. Bumpers thank you for researching brackets. CAD great job on the 3D printed simulated torso. Chassis finished the first frame! Climb we believe in you, keep working hard! Code congrats on being able to successful connect to the RoboRio! Drive Team thanks for helping other departments. Electrical and Pneumatics are making a ton of progress on the demo board! Finance… thank you Finance! Grant application is going well! Graphic Design – tomorrow we will submit t-shirts! HR thank you for tracking the paperwork. Intake/Elevator/Projectiles good job starting the prototypes. I look forward to seeing the first ball take flight. Medics thank you for handling our first need for a Band-Aid. Pit Design thank you for helping arena. PR thanks for brainstorming future community outreach events. Transmission thank you for kicking it into gear today (pun intended) and prepping gear boxes. Coaches are proud of you πŸ™‚

Healthcare Pathway Update

Essentials of healthcare worked on several labs.  They made eggs into bouncy balls while they investigated osmosis and semi permeable membranes using food coloring.  They used clay to create the anatomy of the respiratory system and looked at gas exchange and carbon dioxide levels with inhalation and expiration. This week we will look at barometric pressure as it relates to lung capacity as well as administering oxygen and using a laryngoscope to insert an airway.  Students will begin a public health data driven project using the design thinking process to examine aspects of respiration related to Covid.

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