STEM at NFHS
NFHS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
STEM: BIOSCI/MATH INTERACTIONS
SCI336 – 2.0 credits (1 credit - Sci.; 1 credit - Math)
The Biology/Math Interactions course is a unique opportunity only offered through Niagara Falls High School. It takes place in one of our new state-of-the-art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classrooms. STEM careers are the most rapidly growing fields in today’s work force. Using the latest technology and equipment (including gel electrophoresis apparatus, P.C.R., digital microscopy) students gain real-world experiences in some of the most relevant 21st century topics. Neuroscience (including focus on addiction and concussions), infectious diseases, cancer, and the human genome, are just some of the topics that will be studied in detail. The concepts of statistical analysis will be integrated into each biological unit. The focus of the class will be project-based inquiry learning which develops a student’s ability to develop modern day work force skills. This course is a part of the Niagara University NUSTEP program and students have the opportunity to obtain 3 science credits (BIO101) and 3 math credits (MAT102).
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of the NYS Living Environment Regents Exam, NYS Integrated Algebra/Common Core Algebra 1 Exam, and NYS Global Regents Exam.
STEM: APPLIED MATH/SCI INNOVATIONS
MAT 336 – 2.0 Credits (1 credit – Sci; 1 credit- Math)
The Applied Innovations STEM classroom offers a rich exposure to computer design, product based engineering, biomanufacturing, and nanotechnology. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers are the most rapidly growing fields in today’s work force. Students will have an opportunity to work with 3D Scanners and Printers, CNC Routers, and Laser Cutters to create both physical and virtual manipulatives while studying pre-engineering, engineering, and advanced manufacturing topics. The focus of the class will be project-based inquiry learning which develops a student’s ability to adapt to modern day work force skills.
Said teacher Amy Kilmer, “We are a project based classroom. Each unit of study explores current advancements in STEM-related fields, while focusing on a different area of science. Applied mathematical concepts will be needed in every aspect of the course as well. Students must be comfortable with working independently and in groups to complete in-class activities and projects, including a quarterly portfolio.”
Present Topics, Projects or Activities
Forces in Motion -
UV Light and skin cancer
Prosthetics and the Human Body
Alternate Sources of Energy
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the NYS Living Environment Regents Exam,
NYS Integrated Algebra/Common Core Algebra I Exam and the NYS Global Exam.