participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) - the world's largest student rocket contest.
curriculum. The new books will encourage students to read for leisure, as well as aid in research projects and other homework.
Purpose: Students in Algebra 2 can better hypothesize, test, and expand their understanding of how a function's structure affects its graphs. They can better learn how to summarize, represent, and interpret sample data from statistical experiments. Students in Pre-Calculus and Math Analysis can quickly solve equations, systems of equations, and graphically represent a set of data. These calculators can also be programmed with valuable and time-saving applications.
Benefits: Graphing calculators allow students to explore the structures and patterns of functions and data sets in order to visualize information, make connections, generalize, hypothesize, and explore abstract concepts. This is what the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics is advocating. These calculators can help students interpret information n various ways, which will benefit mathematical understanding and have a positive impact on student achievement.
plus how they work together to help the animal function. They will get to participate in cooperative learning and develop critical thinking skills.
Department: Special Education
Purpose: The tablets would be used in Pre-Calculus by groups of 4 students to graph equations and make conjectures. The same tablets would be used by Computer Science students to test apps that they have written.
Benefits: The math students would graph functions and make conjectures about what the values mean in each of the equations to help them understand the graphs and to use patterns. The Computer Science students would be able to test their apps. The existing emulator for testing apps does not run well in the computer lab.
Departments: Computer Science & Math
Purpose: Each of the above items are needed to build a complete Natcar. A Natcar is a modified RC (Remote Control) car that is designed to run autonomously around a track. Students will build a physical Natcar with the parts above, as well as program the car to sense the magnetic wiring running through the track.
Benefits: Natcars use both engineering and computer science principles to run successfully. Students will use coding to program the "brain" of the car, using the cameras to sense the wiring of the track. They will also engineer modifications to their chassis build to make their car run faster and more efficiently than other teams. They will also build social skills by working together with older, undergraduate students during the design process.
Purpose: To access and facilitate Common Core State Standards in class and to better include all students into the learning environment.
Benefits: All students need to be engaged and challenged in every class on a daily basis. An iPad will encourage students. Additionally, this technology will help better incorporate the new standards. And finally, the teacher will model appropriate technological use for the students.