THE COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM emphasizes the ethical and societal implications associated with how computing and connectivity are changing the world. Collaborating with one another, students ultimately learn to create and present solutions for real-world problems.
THIS PROGRAM FOCUSES on software design and development. Students gain crucial industry and practical skills through hands-on assignments. Students create mobile applications, automate tasks in a variety of languages, discern trends and patterns in data, identify cybersecurity threats & protect against them, and detect intrusions & respond to attacks.
Students in the program have access to cutting-edge equipment such as: MIT App Inventor, Python, Java, Vernier Sensors, Android Tablets, Vex Robots, and Windows 10.
Required & Recommended Courses
PROGRAM REQUIRED COURSES:
PROGRAM RECOMMENDED COURSES:
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES:
Work-Based Learning Requirements
In our increasingly complex global society, CTE students are expected to be prepared to enter the workforce of the future by participating in a continuum of purposeful Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities that align with their CTE Programs. WBL experiences can include an industry project, a school-based enterprise, a service-learning project, or an internship.
WBL connects the CTE Program with the real world of work by providing students with the opportunity to interact with professionals in business and industry while applying what they are learning in the classroom. Through their involvement in WBL activities, students will also develop and demonstrate essential employability skills, such as responsibility, collaboration and communication, that are applicable in all work environments.
National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) recognizes outstanding student achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and encourages educational excellence, skill development, and workforce readiness.
Computer Science Eligibility Criteria:
Overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater
Program unweighted GPA of 3.5 or greater
Enrolled in a CTE Program
A score of Proficient or greater on the EoCA in each PLTW Computer Science class.
Complete eighty cumulative hours of Work-Based Learning (WBL) and/or mentor-based program
Special recognition at Graduation
Other unique member privileges
RI Pathway Endorsement
Seniors enrolled in a STEM Academy CTE Program are offered the ability to base their Senior Passion Project on the Capstone Class, Project Lead the Way's Engineering Design and Development (PLTW EDD). PLTW EDD is a project-based course that can be taken by any STEM Academy student in their senior year.
Seniors enrolled in a CTE Program are encouraged to base their Senior Passion Project on their CTE Program. Senior Passion Projects based on the student’s CTE Program is a requirement to qualify for the RI Pathway Endorsement Council Designation.