Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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We live in a world where technology - and access to technology - is evolving rapidly. In fact, the changes are happening so fast that it's hard to predict how our world will be organized in the coming years. Like the humanities courses, science and math courses are presented to students in learning cycles in which there are opportunities to develop their comprehension and skill before attempting a performance task to demonstrate mastery. Students can progress through the concepts independently, or seek additional support if challenged. STEM teachers also design performance assessments that require students to show mastery of multiple concepts, across stem disciplines. This is when students conduct labs and write lab reports, build models that demonstrate math and science principles, and apply the content to challenging problems.  


Math

Traditional math courses often present students one entry point to each concept and reward procedure over-analytical thinking. The concepts in the mathematics program at d.tech are intended to develop transferable mathematical thinking abilities. At the same time, our math courses are aligned with state Common Core standards and accepted by colleges and universities.  When students enter d.tech, their math history is reviewed and they are placed in the appropriate course. We offer math courses beginning with Algebra I and up through Calculus. Additionally, we offer advanced statistics and a computer science math elective. Students who complete our course offerings can take more advanced math courses through the concurrent enrollment programs at our local community colleges.


Science

Our science program is aligned with the recently published Next Gen Science Standards and treats science as a way to look at the world and a way to solve problems, rather than just a sequence of facts. At d.tech, most students start their science education with physics because the principles of physics are foundational to the other science fields, with chemistry and biology to follow. Students can take additional science courses including Environmental Science and Engineering for upper classmen.

Each science course addresses the following:

  • scientific and engineering practices,

  • cross-cutting skills such as understanding cause and effect or modeling systems, and

  • the core ideas of the discipline.

  • hands-on lab experience