# Math & Computer Science Department

The mission of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is to empower students to think quantitatively and analyze logically for the purpose of solving real world problems.

Every student has the opportunity to do advanced work; every student has courses available to meet her own learning objectives. Overall, the department strives to create mathematical citizens capable of thinking mathematically in non-mathematical areas.

**Four years of mathematics are required for graduation. **

**One trimester of computer science is required for graduation. **

## K-12 Curriculum

## Math in the Lower School

Our math program is built on the idea that children are problem solvers by nature. Our math materials honor what students can figure out, perhaps influenced by their backgrounds, ideas, or intuitive problem solving abilities. Teachers guide students to make sense of problems, develop strong problem solving skills, and persevere through complex real world applications. Through conceptual understanding and math discussions, students become efficient and flexible problem solvers. We encourage students to make connections between topics and to “read” the mathematics in a problem by determining the known from the unknown. We emphasize computational fluency in addition to conceptual understanding because both are absolutely essential for future success in mathematics. The Lower School ThinkMath! lessons follow a prescriptive program which creates an environment for students to feel comfortable in taking risks. Along with manipulatives and supporting materials, a highlight of the program is that it encourages students to approach problem solving using various forms of critical thinking. Mental math is quick, fast-paced, and fun for the girls. The program is designed for heterogeneous groupings and thereby allows for frequent partner work and collaborative problem solving. The curriculum is differentiated to meet the needs of the students and their individual learning goals.

## Middle School Math

##### Grade 5 - Developing Number Sense and Problem Solving

Fifth grade is a transitional year in mathematics where students begin to progress from the curriculum used in the lower school to the pre-algebra program in Grade 6. The year begins by ensuring that students develop a deep conceptual understanding of operations, an in-depth study of number theory in base ten and fractions. Students will then be introduced to ratios, proportions, and percents as well as statistics and probability and specific topics in measurement and geometry. The focus throughout the year is for students to develop themselves as deep thinking mathematicians with a strong and thorough understanding of numbers and operations. Utilizing experiential problem solving strategies such as estimation, math modeling, and repeated reasoning as they apply to real world math contexts will help ensure the student’s preparation for the three year Algebra sequence in grades 6 through 8.

##### Grade 6 - Pre-Algebra

This course develops confidence in mathematics and prepares students for the algebra curriculum. Students develop a complete understanding of the four mathematical operations involving integers and rational numbers. They learn how to use the mathematical properties and are able to solve basic algebraic equations. Students also become proficient in ratio, proportion, percent, measurement and estimation. Basic concepts in geometry, probability, and statistics are learned. Much time is spent using mathematical concepts to solve real-life problems.

##### Grade 7 - Algebra I Part I (Regular and Honors)

Algebra I Part I is a student’s first experience with the power of mathematics as a language and a tool. Students move beyond a concrete grasp of numerical operations to an understanding of more abstract, higher order mathematics. Using the mathematical practices as a guide students develop a deep conceptual understanding of the foundations of algebra through linear functions. Students work daily on real world applications of their mathematical skills through numerical, graphical, symbolic, and verbal explanations of problems. Students will be prepared to not only use these ideas in other courses, but will also be prepared for the more advanced study to come in Algebra I Part II.

##### Grade 8 - Algebra I Part II (Regular and Honors)

This course enables students to become proficient in algebraic reasoning, to make connections between mathematics and other curriculum areas, to use algebra to solve real life problems, and to improve logical thinking. It emphasizes operations with rational numbers while working with equations, inequalities, powers, polynomials, factoring, functions, graphs, lines, slopes, systems of equations, radicals, number and set theory, and quadratics.

## Upper School Math

*Three years of mathematics are required for graduation. *

The mission of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is to empower students to think quantitatively and analyze logically for the purpose of solving real world problems. Every student has the opportunity to do advanced work; every student has courses available to meet her own learning objectives. Overall, the department strives to create mathematical citizens capable of thinking mathematically in non-mathematical areas.

Toward that end, a strong core curriculum in Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 is offered for students in their first two or three years of study. Geometry and Algebra 2 are offered as either regular or honors courses, with some important differences between the levels. Depending on which Algebra 2 course is taken, students can choose Precalculus at the regular or honors level, followed by the appropriate Advanced Placement calculus course. Students not wishing to embark on a calculus track can further their mathematical development through the study of trigonometry, probability and statistics; students desiring more challenge in statistics can enroll in Advanced Placement Statistics. Students are required to study mathematics for three years, but four years is recommended.

In computer science, all students should be competent in using a computer as an effective tool for supporting their academic work. Students should know how to create, store, and organize information; be knowledgeable in regard to online usage and management of personal information; and be able to use a variety of core applications. Students can learn how to design online environments, how to create animation for those environments, how to write and design computer programs and create devices that use programming to function. The electives offered reflect these opportunities. In addition, students may choose the challenge of Advanced Placement programming, in which Java is taught.

### Full Year CourseS

##### ALGEBRA 1

*Open to grade 9. Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra. *

Algebra is a way of thinking about and representing many situations. As the President of the Mathematical Association of America, Paul Zorn, stated, “What amazes me still is the power of one simple idea: You can manipulate unknowns and knowns to solve equations.” This course introduces students to these new ideas and new ways of learning. It is important that students view algebra as a tool for problem solving, reasoning, communication, and making connections. The main topics of Algebra 1 include symbolic algebra (e.g., equation solving, exponents, factoring), functions, data analysis, and mathematical modeling. These topics are embedded in contextual settings that provide students with an opportunity to make connections between algebra and other disciplines. Technology enables students to solve problems and to make mathematical conjectures in a variety of ways.

**GEOMETRY**

*Open to grades 9-10.** Prerequisite: Algebra 1 *

Students utilize a variety of techniques including constructions, inductive and deductive reasoning in order to formulate the conjectures that are, in fact, all of the fundamental definitions and theorems of Euclidean Plane Geometry. Students will explore how they can use their conjectures with an introduction to formal proofs. This hands-on course contains all the topics in a typical geometry course, from the basics of segments and polygons through triangle congruence and solid geometry. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills as they relate to logical reasoning and argument. Students explore real word problems using hands-on manipulatives as well as technology such as GeoGebra and the graphing calculator. The course also links algebra and geometry, and provides many opportunities for students to practice their algebra skills.

##### HONORS GEOMETRY** **

*Open to grades 9-10. Prerequisites: a grade of A or higher in Algebra 1 and the signature of the Mathematics Department chair. *

This is a classic, proof-based course where students will study all of the fundamentals of Euclidean Plane Geometry while learning to express their own mathematical thinking in clear, sequential, and well-reasoned arguments. The logic, skills, and format that students will use in their geometry proofs will serve as a model for their work in the many disciplines that require well-constructed expository essays and arguments. This course is rigorous and fast-paced. It requires a commitment to work cooperatively as learners in the classroom and to wrestle with complex concepts at home.

##### ALGEBRA 2** **

*Open to grades 9-11. Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Geometry *

This course begins with a review of the basic concepts of algebra, progresses to elementary linear, quadratic, and other polynomial functions, and culminates in exponential and logarithmic functions. The development from rational to irrational to complex numbers is emphasized. The computer and graphing calculator will be used whenever possible for comprehension and exploration. This course prepares students for success in Precalculus or Statistics, and, along with Geometry, prepares students for standardized testing. If a student is rusty in her Algebra 1 skills and concepts, summer review work may be helpful in preparation for this course. (Note: Based on grades earned in Algebra I and/or algebra assessment results for new or returning students, you might be required to complete a course or similar work in order to be prepared for success in Algebra 2).

##### HONORS ALGEBRA 2

*Open to grades 9-11. Prerequisites: a grade of A or higher in Algebra 1 and Geometry, and A- in Honors Geometry, **and the signature of the STEM Curriculum Coordinator. *

This accelerated course integrates the concepts of algebra with problem solving, real-life applications, and technology to connect mathematical concepts to real-world situations and includes typical topics of an Algebra 2 course, including a study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and radical functions, solving equations and inequalities using those functions, and a full treatment of triangular and circular trigonometry. Technology use will facilitate investigation and analysis of properties and applications. This course prepares students for success in Honors Precalculus, and, along with Honors Geometry, helps prepare students for the math portion of the College Board SAT or ACT.

##### PRECALCULUS

*Open to grades 10-12. Prerequisites: Algebra 2 and the signature of the **STEM Curriculum Coordinator. *

Precalculus is for all students interested in exploring calculus and beyond. The course focuses on the use of technology and data analysis to develop students’ thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Topics covered include transformations and function properties; trigonometric and circular functions and applications; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; sequences and series; and probability and statistics topics. Students will not only learn how their previously learned skills are applied, but also how ideas work together. Students will be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways - graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal - and they will understand the connections among these representations. Students will learn to understand the language of functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeroes, intercepts, etc.) Technology is incorporated to help. Students will learn to communicate using mathematics and explain solutions to problems both orally and in written sentences. In particular, before studying calculus, students must be familiar with the properties of functions, the algebra of functions, and the graphs of functions.

##### HONORS PRECALCULUS

*Open to grades 10-11. Prerequisites: a grade of A- or higher in H**onors Algebra 2, and the signature of the STEM Curriculum Coordinator. *

Honors Precalculus is for students who are interested in studying AP Calculus, and who are likely to desire studying mathematics-related fields in college. This course is intended to precede BC Calculus, but students can enroll in AB Calculus instead if they wish. As with Precalculus, the course focuses on the use of technology and data analysis to develop students’ thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Students will learn to understand the language of functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeroes, intercepts, etc.) Topics covered include transformations and function properties, sequences, series, and probability and statistics topics. In the spring, students will begin the study of calculus, experiencing the topics of limits, derivatives, and two types of integrals! Further, students will not only learn how their previously learned skills are applied, but also how ideas work together. Students will be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways - graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal - and they will understand the connections among these representations. Technology is incorporated to help. Students will learn to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both orally and in written sentences.

##### CALCULUS** **

*Open to grades 11-12. Prerequisite: a grade of C or higher in Precalculus*

The course extends students’ experience with functions as they study the fundamental concepts of calculus: limiting behaviors, difference quotients and the derivatives, Riemann sums and the definite integral, anti-derivatives and indefinite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students review and extend their knowledge of elementary functions, trigonometry and basic analytic geometry. Important objectives of the calculus sequence are to develop and strengthen the students’ problem-solving skills and to teach them to read, write, speak, and think in the language of mathematics. In particular, students learn how to apply the tools of calculus to a variety of problem situations including related rates, maximum and minimum problems, the area between curves, and volumes of solids of revolution.

##### AP CALCULUS AB

*Open to grades 11-12. Prerequisites: A grade of A- or higher in Precalculus **and the signature of the STEM Curriculum Coordinator. *

##### AP CALCULUS BC

*Open to grades 11**-12. Prerequisites: a grade of A- or higher in Honors Precalculus and the signature of the STEM Curriculum Coordinator. Rising seniors who were enrolled in a college preparatory mathematics course during their junior year will not be eligible for this course their senior year. For example, a student who took Precalculus their junior year will be recommended to enroll in Calculus or AP Calculus AB.*

AP Calculus AB and Calculus BC are primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus with concepts, results, and problems being expressed geometrically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and the connection among these representations is stressed. Mostly, students will develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment. Students and their teachers regularly use technology to reinforce the relationships among the multiple representations of functions, to confirm written work, to experiment, and to assist in interpreting results. As noted author Steven Strogatz wrote, “Yet in another way, calculus is fundamentally naive, almost childish in its optimism. Experience teaches us that change can be sudden, discontinuous, and wrenching. Calculus draws its power by refusing to see that. It insists on a world without accidents, where one thing leads logically to another. Give me the initial conditions and the law of motion, and with calculus I can predict the future—or better yet, reconstruct the past.”

All AP Calculus students are required to take the AP exam for the course.

##### AP STATISTICS

*Open to grades 11**-12. Prerequisites: A grade of A or higher in Algebra 2, A- in Trigonometry, Probability, and Statistics, or an A- in Precalculus, and the signature of the STEM Curriculum Coordinator. *

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

- Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
- Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
- Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
- Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

Statistics is arguably the most practical, useful, and applicable mathematics-related course. As we are bombarded by data and statistical arguments every day, what better way to really understand than to learn statistics? As Lady Gaga herself stated, “I'm doing everything that I can, working with experts, really studying the statistics to figure out a way we can make it cool or normal to be kind and loving.” Students enrolled in this course are required to take the AP Statistics exam offered in the spring.

##### FINANCIAL DATA ANALYSIS

*Open to grades 11-12. Prerequisite: Algebra 2*

In this course, students use spreadsheet software to learn about savings versus checking, types of credit, loans, investments, taxes, insurance, cryptocurrency, and so much more. From the first day of class, students are presented with real-life situations and decisions that they will need to make in the future. Additionally, students will use concrete algorithmic, graphical and technological tools to investigate and solve real problems. Students will be given the opportunity to sample a variety of applications that will help them learn how to look at large data and model the data. Students will be introduced to how data is collected, and utilized in the world today. This course places a large emphasis on mathematical modeling and spreadsheet logic.

##### ECONOMICS: INTRODUCTION** **

*Open to grades 11 and 12. No prerequisite.*

In this introductory economics course, students explore the science of decision making through classic microeconomic principles. The course begins with the fundamentals of analysis, supply and demand, competition, and market systems, with an emphasis on the practical application and examination of theory in the real world. Students design and execute behavioral economic studies to challenge the rigor of utility and incentives, create conceptual markets for abstract resources, and analyze a collection of infamous strategic puzzles through the principles of game theory.

### TRIMESTER ELECTIVES

**FINANCE**

*Open to grades 11 and 12. No prerequisites.*** **

In this course, students will learn valuable skills needed for their current and future personal finances. Topics include functions, macros, account management, and aggregation of data. Students will have a deeper understanding of how to create and monitor their own checking and savings account as well as critical knowledge for managing financial security. In preparation for college and the real world, different variations of loans, stocks, and bonds will also be introduced. A large emphasis is placed on mathematical modeling and spreadsheet logic.

**BUSINESS FINANCE **

*Open to grades 11 and 12. Prerequisite: Algebra 2 (will consider students taking Algebra 2 concurrently)*

This course teaches students all about business principles in order to lead a successful business. Students will create a business proposal throughout this trimester elective and defend their proposal at the end of the trimester. Students will have an opportunity to analyze their business given the current economic climate. Students will learn skills necessary for future entrepreneurial endeavors.

**DATA ANALYSIS**

*Open to grades 11 and 12. Prerequisite: Algebra 2 (will consider students taking Algebra 2 concurrently)*

Data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making. Students will use concrete algorithmic, graphical and technological tools to investigate and solve real problems. Students will be given the opportunity to sample a variety of applications that will help them learn how to look at large data sets and model the data. Students will be introduced to how data is collected, and utilized in the world today.

### SUMMER MATH OPPORTUNITIES

Stuart students wishing to advance in mathematics over the summer must seek approval from the STEM Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Anna Kachmarski (__akachmarski@stuartschool.org__) prior to registering for a summer course. Students may fill out this form if they are interested in advancing in math. Students will receive an email from the Upper School Mathematics Department Chair to set up a time to meet and discuss their math progression. Students interested in advancing should hold an A average in their current mathematics course and have the recommendation of their current math teacher. Stuart students may only advance one math level during their time in the Upper School. Rising seniors who were enrolled in a college preparatory mathematics course during their junior year will not be eligible to advance in math for their senior year. For example, a student who took Precalculus their junior year will be recommended to enroll in Calculus or AP Calculus AB.

**Course Dates and Times**

Six week credit courses (Algebra 1, Advanced Geometry, and Advanced Precalculus) will run from June 20th to July 28th. Algebra 1 and Advanced Geometry will hold synchronous classes from 9AM to 12PM each day (Monday through Friday). These courses will be virtual. Advanced Precalculus will be offered asynchronously through Google Classroom.

The two week Trigonometry course will run from July 17th to July 28th asynchronously through Google Classroom.

**Course Descriptions**

**Algebra 1**

Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

Algebra is a way of thinking about and representing many situations. As the President of the Mathematical Association of America, Paul Zorn, stated, “What amazes me still is the power of one simple idea: You can manipulate unknowns and knowns to solve equations.” This course introduces students to these new ideas and new ways of learning. It is important that students view algebra as a tool for problem solving, reasoning, communication, and making connections. The main topics of Algebra 1 include symbolic algebra (e.g., equation solving, exponents, factoring), functions, data analysis, and mathematical modeling. These topics are embedded in contextual settings that provide students with an opportunity to make connections between algebra and other disciplines. Technology enables students to solve problems and to make mathematical conjectures in a variety of ways. Students will be required to have a TI-83 graphing calculator or a comparable calculator for the course. For successful placement in Geometry, students must earn a B or higher in the course or an A- or higher to be placed in Honors Geometry.

**Advanced Geometry **

Prerequisites: Algebra 1

This is a classic, proof-based course where students will study all of the fundamentals of Euclidean Plane Geometry while learning to express their own mathematical thinking in clear, sequential, and well-reasoned arguments. The logic, skills, and format that students will use in their geometry proofs will serve as a model for their work in the many disciplines that require well-constructed expository essays and arguments. This course is rigorous and fast-paced. It requires a commitment to work cooperatively as learners in the classroom and to wrestle with complex concepts at home. Students will be required to have a TI-83 graphing calculator or a comparable calculator for the course. For successful placement in Algebra 2, students must earn a B- or higher in the course. For successful placement in Honors Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, students must earn a B+ or higher in the course.

**Advanced Precalculus **

Prerequisites: Algebra 2 with Trigonometry

Precalculus Honors is for students who are interested in studying AP Calculus, and who are likely to desire studying mathematics-related fields in college. This course is intended to precede BC Calculus, but students can enroll in AB Calculus instead if they wish. As with Precalculus, the course focuses on the use of technology and data analysis to develop students’ thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. Students will learn to understand the language of functions (domain and range, odd and even, periodic, symmetry, zeroes, intercepts, etc.) Topics covered include transformations and function properties, sequences, series, and probability and statistics topics. In the spring, girls will begin the study of calculus, experiencing the topics of limits, derivatives, and two types of integrals! Further, girls will not only learn how their previously learned skills are applied, but also how ideas work together. Students will be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways - graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal - and they will understand the connections among these representations. Technology is incorporated to help. Students will learn to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both orally and in written sentences. Students will be required to have a TI-83 graphing calculator or a comparable calculator for the course. This course prepares students for success in AP Calculus AB or BC. For successful placement in AP Calculus BC, students must earn an A- or higher in the course. For successful placement in AP Calculus AB, students must earn a B or higher in the course. For successful placement in Calculus, students must earn a C or higher in the course.

**Trigonometry (Two Week Course) **

Prerequisites: Algebra 2

Students enrolling in this course will learn all about the trigonometric functions, their applications, and how to measure indirectly using sine and cosine. Students will apply algebra they have learned by verifying trigonometric identities and solving trigonometric equations. Students will apply these principles in various fields of math and science. Topics will include angles and triangles, radian measures, vectors, trigonometric identities, graphs, and formulas. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the laws that govern triangle relationships, be able to apply trigonometry as a problem-solving tool in the real world, and solve problems logically through mathematical reasoning. In combination with Algebra 2 prerequisite knowledge, this course prepares students for success in Honors Precalculus. Students will be required to have a TI-83 graphing calculator or a comparable calculator for the course. For successful placement in Honors Precalculus, students must earn an B+ or higher in the course and have earned a final grade of an A or higher in Algebra 2.

## K-12 Computer Science Curriculum

## Computer Science in the Lower School

## Grade 8 - Video Game Design

## Upper School Computer Science

### Full Year Courses

*One trimester of computer science is required for graduation. *

##### AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

*Open to grades 10-12. Prerequisite: Signature of STEM Curriculum Coordinator*

AP Computer Science Principles is designed to introduce students to the central ideas of computer science, to instill ideas and practices of computational thinking, and to engage students in activities that show how computing changes the world. The course is rigorous and rich in computational content, includes computational and critical thinking skills, and engages students in the creative aspects of the field. Students will learn how computer technologies work and the ideas behind them. The course will cover topics such as connecting computing, communication and abstraction, how data and information facilitate the creation of knowledge, how algorithms are used to express solutions to computational problems, how the internet pervades modern computing, and what is technology’s global impact in today's world.

##### AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A

*Open to grades 10-12. Prerequisites: AP Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Computer Science, or DET, and signature of the STEM Curriculum Coordinator*

AP Computer Science A is a college-level introduction to the Java programming language. Students will learn the intricacies of object-oriented programming specific to Java. The techniques include class declarations; encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism are emphasized. Students will extend their knowledge of introductory topics such as data types, iterative and conditional structures. In addition, students will learn to use basic data structures such as one and two-dimensional arrays. Students will learn multiple algorithms for searching and sorting data in these data structures (both recursive and iterative). In addition, the concept of the abstract data type is examined by studying different implementations of linked lists, stacks, queues, and trees.

**INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICE MANAGEMENT (ITSM)**

Independent Study

*Open to grades 9-12. No prerequisite. This course will satisfy the requirements for the Web Design trimester course and the graduation requirement for computer science. The student has the opportunity to earn the Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) credential with a passing exam grade of 75%.*

A year-long course exploring IT service management fundamentals (ITSM). The course is structured as an experiential learning model with many cross discipline opportunities. It will provide students with a practical understanding of the key concepts, common language, principles and practices that enables successful management of modern IT-enabled services. Students will begin building their knowledge and experience in the IT management field.

Students will learn industry standards by interacting with a trouble ticket system; learn to prioritize, categorize, analyze and research solutions. They’ll bring trouble ticket data to life by creating and publishing content in an active knowledge database.

Students will gain practical hands-on experience managing Stuart’s IT Help Desk, exploring IT support service industry standards, and preparing for ACSP certification. They will have the benefit of working in the newly renovated IT Center and help define how the space can best be utilized.

Expectations:

- Responsible for entering initial technology support requests.
- Handle issues based upon the individual student’s skill set
- Scheduled class time to cover the IT help desk.
- Assist walk-in users with their technology issues.
- Service as student support for special projects / events
- Create one or more solutions based upon analysis of trouble ticket system
- Prepare for Apple certification ACSP exam

Outcomes:

- Practical hands-on experience with IT help desk workflows
- Develop an understanding of industry standard ITIL (Infrastructure Technology Information Library)
- Create content for live Solutions knowledge database
- Broaden exposure to data analysis with live systems
- Gain an in-depth understanding of networking systems
- Complete Apple ACSP certification course and exam

### TRIMESTER COURSES

##### INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON

*Open to grades 9-12. No prerequisites.*

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of computer programming using the Python 3 language. The course emphasizes the importance of thoroughly analyzing problem statements, carefully selecting an appropriate algorithm and implementation of the algorithm. Students will learn about basic Python concepts such as manipulation of strings, math operations, and writing functions. By the end of the course, students will be able to program a console-based game. No previous programming experience is required. In the class, students will also gain a better understanding of how computer science has shaped our world in addition to increasing their digital literacy.

##### ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE** INTRODUCTION**

*Open to grades 9-12. No prerequisites.*

This is the era of Humans + Machines. The advances in Cognitive Computing over the last decade have opened the world to enormous possibilities. From self-driving cars to automated drone-based delivery, things which were once in the realm of magic, have suddenly started appearing very real. As we step into this stunning new era, it is imperative that we prepare for the new challenges that await us. If not, there is likely to be a big gap between what we learn with conventional curricula and what the world expects of us. Our future-ready AI curriculum will attempt to bridge this gap as students engage in the AI cycle, neural networks, metaverse, and climate change.

##### DESIGN OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES I (DET I)

*Open to grades 9-12. Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science *

DET is a hands-on, project-based course that allows students to learn to build devices that interact with computers, to learn how emerging technologies interact, and to learn how these emerging technologies can be used. Students will explore connecting hardware to software through a myriad of input and output devices using fundamental programming. Students with a passion for innovation, technology, and programming are those best suited for this course. Physical computing takes a hands-on approach, which means that students will spend a lot of time building circuits, soldering, writing programs, and building structures to hold sensors and controls. The nature of the material requires self-starting, self-motivated, creative individuals.

##### DESIGN OF EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES II (DET II)

*Open to grades 9-12.** Prerequisite: Design of Emergent Technologies I*

DET II is a continuation of DET I. Students will continue to explore how computers interact to learn how emerging technologies interact and to learn how these emerging technologies can be used. Students will explore connecting hardware to software through a myriad of input and output devices using fundamental programming. Students with a passion for innovation, technology, and programming are those best suited to this course. Physical computing takes a hands-on approach, which means that students will spend a lot of time building circuits, soldering, writing programs, and building structures to hold sensors and controls. The nature of the material requires self-starting, self-motivated, creative individuals.

**Upper School Chair**

Anna Kachmarksi

akachmarski@stuartschool.org