Valley STEM + ME2 Academy-Coursework

Mission: To prepare students with the skills necessary to compete in the global economy while nurturing the characteristics of discovery, invention, application, and entrepreneurship.

The curriculum in Valley STEM + ME2 Academy was chosen to guide students in the mission of the program. Data from the current job market, student interests, and college/career readiness guides curriculum choices. Valley STEM + ME2 incorporates Project Lead the Way (PLTW) as the foundation for part of the curriculum. Project Lead The Way is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. In addition to PLTW, Advanced Career/Clean Energy Technology will be taught throughout the two-year program.

Course Catalog & Descriptions 2023-2024

Freshman Lab Elective Choices

Students will learn the fundamentals of electricity and related terminology. Students will work with AC/DC electrical training systems to construct various series and parallel circuits as well as the related math formulas such as Ohm’s law to perform a circuit analysis of the circuits they build with the use of a digital multimeter.

Students will get hands-on experience with engineering fundamentals such as sketching and 3D modeling as well as digital design software. They will be introduced to subtractive manufacturing, CNC Router and laser engraving. They will be exposed to additive processes such as 3D printing and vacuum forming and some fundamentals of electricity, both AC and DC systems.

This course is going to focus on basic fundamentals of trades. We will learn measurement, equipment safety, light construction, residential wiring, some drywall repair and installation, cutting stairs and rafters.  We will also do some small customer service projects given the opportunity.

Students will get an introduction into the coding language and basic coding commands. Students will be exposed to robotC, python, html, and ladder logic in an attempt to understand how to effectively communicate and utilize computers to accomplish tasks. Multiple projects will be completed throughout the 9 weeks to expose students to these concepts.

Clean Energy Technology is a hands-on course that dives into wind energy, solar, energy, electric vehicles, and other diverse clean energy sources. Students will integrate STEM practices with leading technologies and the latest industry trends to discover how we can revolutionize our energy landscape and pave the way for a more sustainable future.