While STEM has become a buzz word in education over the past several years, SHA has been focusing on producing future scientists, engineers and world-changers since before Sr. Lorna began her Forensic Science class in 1877.
SHA offers a wide variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses with a concentration in Computer Science. The four-year computer science program will engage students in computational thinking through activity, project, problem-based learning and will get them excited about the possibilities in careers that use computing. This sequenced program of courses prepares students to make the next world-changing breakthroughs using computer science.
Computer Science Progression
Introduction to Computer Science- Students create apps for mobile devices. Python® programming language is used.
Computer Science and Software Engineering- Python® programming language is used. The course curriculum is a College Board-approved implementation of AP Computer Science Principles.
Computer Science Applications- Java™ programming language is used. The course curriculum is a College Board-approved implementation of AP Computer Science A.
The introduction of the VEX Robotics Team at SHA in 2015 has been amazing. Daniel McGeeney, physics teacher and STEM coordinator, expressed the value of such an opportunity for SHA students, "When our students participate in a program like this, STEM becomes so much more of a reality. Students take the lead—they're the ones who are engineering unique robot designs, building their robots, and programming them. For high school students, having fun and learning leadership skills in an authentic and rigorous STEM setting is immensely valuable."
Students can also choose from several other technology avenues including Presentation Communications and Electronic Media, Digital Design and Multimedia, Visual Communications Design, and Broadcasting.
Of course, traditional, yet important science courses – especially for all future doctors, nurses, scientists, and engineers - such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology are offered, as well as Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Nutritional Science, and Engineering.