NAF Engineering Academy
Join a NAF Engineering Academy to get further understanding of how things work, how to solve complex problems, and ultimately how to design and make new things. Students get hands-on experience with modeling and building, robotics, zSpace computers, 3D printers, and much more.
Successful completion of Algebra 1 or greater
This STEM course is a basic introduction to engineering for all students. Students who complete this course will learn the concepts necessary in order to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve our lives. Exciting hands-on learning activities like data comparison of heart rates, rating consumer products, destructive testing and building speakers apply math, science, history and English content from other courses in a STEM experience. This course makes science and mathematics more engaging, interesting, concrete, and relevant. The course’s intention and purpose is to educate students in a “main line” method providing STEM education for everyone. While providing a STEM based education for all students, those interested in becoming practicing engineers clearly benefit from this course content.
Introduction to Computer Science or AP Computer Science
Intro to Computer Science is a year long hands-on class that explores computer science concepts of computer terminology and architecture, software, the Internet and web design, and Java programming. The major focus of the course involves an extensive academic study of computer science concepts using the Java programming language. Topics included here are console input and output, programming calculations and operator precedence, predefined Java Math methods, control statements (if-else, for, while) and object-oriented programming. Students who successfully complete this class have been well prepared to take AP Computer Science A the following year
Physics or AP Physics
This physics course is a qualitative and quantitative study of the central concepts of physics including mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Emphasis will be placed on mental imagery that relates to things and events that are familiar in the everyday environment. Physics concepts 65 will be studied with the use of demonstrations, laboratory investigations, multimedia presentations, and student projects. Laboratory work will include some computation.
This advanced engineering STEM course makes a contribution to the curriculum by providing opportunities for students and teachers to link content together and apply it to solve problems. More and more jobs demand advanced skills, requiring that people be able to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems. An understanding of science, technology, engineering and math and their methods contribute in an essential way to these skills. Principles of Engineering is a team based advanced course designed for most students. The Principles of Engineering courses intention and purpose is to educate students in a “main line” method providing STEM education for everyone. While providing a STEM based education for all students, those interested in becoming practicing engineers clearly benefit from this course content.
Some classes may be taken concurrently or out of order.