Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and to bioinformatics. Hands-on projects enable students to investigate human body systems and various health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. Over the length of the course, students work together to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After pinpointing those factors, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The key biological concepts embedded in the curriculum include homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease. Where appropriate engineering principles are also incorporated into the curriculum. These include the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function.
Students examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and good health. Using real-world cases, students take the role of biomedical professionals and work together to solve medical mysteries. Hands-on projects include designing experiments, investigating the structures and functions.
Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Each family case scenario introduces multiple types of interventions and reinforces concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as presenting new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.
In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and healthcare community. Class Contribution: $30.00
This course is a companion to Biomedical Innovation and will provide students with orientation and training in the skill sets and protocols required for participation in hospital internships. Following an introductory orientation and training unit, students will be assigned to a site where they will engage in work force experiences and intense training. Students will also meet with the Internship class and teacher to debrief and document their workforce experiences and to link their experiences to applications in their academic classes, to career research processes, and to the development of career skill sets such as time management, project management, teamwork, interpersonal communications, etc.
Designed for 9th or 10th grade students, the major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Class Contribution: $20
Articulation Agreement— IED students who score an 80% or higher in the class and submit a digital portfolio will receive 3 units of American River Junior College credits, which are transferable to CSU.
This survey course of engineering exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community.
In ES, students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply issues, and renewable energy. Applying their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true-to-life challenges. Class Contribution: $50
In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. This course is appropriate for 12th grade students. This course was formally known as Biotechnical Engineering.
With an emphasis on computational thinking and collaboration, this year-long course (One Year=One Semester at Antelope) provides an excellent entry point for students to begin or continue the PLTW Computer Science experience. Computer Science Essentials will expose students to a diverse set of computational thinking concepts, fundamentals, and tools, allowing them to gain understanding and build confidence. In Computer Science Essentials, students will use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to text-based programming with languages such as Python to create apps and develop websites, and learn how to make computers work together to put their design into practice. They’ll apply computational thinking practices, build their vocabulary, and collaborate just as computing professionals do to create products that address topics and problems important to them. Computer Science Essentials helps students create a strong foundation to advance to AP Computer Science Principles.
Titan Tech is a student-run technology organization that provides technical services to AnHS staff and students. Conceived by Intel Corporation’ s IT Division, the program is modeled as a business organization, with managers and employees all filling jobs in one of four key service areas: Technical Support, Web Design, Development and Training, or Internal Management. Students seeking careers in computer science, business, or management will benefit tremendously from this innovative program, as it has real assignments that provide vital services to real customers. The course includes some training by Intel professionals, and guest speakers from industry are common.
Students in Computer Science Principles will explore the seven big ideas of computing: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the Internet, and global impact of technology. Students will follow UC Berkeley’s curriculum, Beauty and Joy of Computing. This course teaches programming through an engaging programming language called SNAP!, one of the friendliest programming languages ever invented.
Business Leadership and Management is a new course on the Management, Communications and Technology (MCaT) career cluster or pathway. This course is designed to provide 11th and 12th grade students with training in the principles and practices of high quality business leadership and management. Students will learn and apply knowledge and skills in planning and time management, team building, communications, motivations of people, decision-making and problem-solving, ethics and integrity, resource management, conflict resolution, labor/government/business relations, workplace diversity, leadership qualities, and management styles.