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    iSTEM ACADEMY

    This four-year program at Kettle Run High School focuses on cross-curricular courses with an iSTEM (integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) emphasis. Students build their leadership and project management skills while receiving hands-on scientific and engineering experience.

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  • Key Elements of the iSTEM Academy include:

    • Cross-curricular courses with a STEM emphasis
    • Workplace readiness skills and certifications
    • Access to dedicated lab space, co-curricular clubs, field experiences, and guest speakers
    • STEM-related extracurricular and co-curricular community activities

    To earn the iSTEM Honors Medal, students must:

    • complete all requred courses and maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA
    • complete at least 2 recommended courses
    • earn at least 2 of the offered skill certifications
    • complete an independent project to be presented in a formal setting
    • complete a minimum of 30 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of STEM

    To earn the iSTEM Graduation Cords, the following requirements must be met:

    • complete all requred courses and maintain at least a 2.5 overall GPA
    • complete at least 2 recommended courses
    • earn at least 1 of the offered skill certifications
    • complete an independent project to be presented in a formal setting
    • complete a minimum of 20 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of STEM

    To earn the iSTEM Certificate, the following requirements must be met:

    • complete all requred courses and maintain at least a 2.0 overall GPA
    • complete at least 2 recommended courses
    • earn at least 1 of the offered skill certifications
    • complete an independent project to be presented in a formal setting
    • complete a minimum of 10 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of STEM

     

    ALL iSTEM Academy students must maintain a C average and be enrolled in at least one required class each year.

     

    Required Courses for the iSTEM Academy:

    • 9th Grade: iSTEM I - Foundations (9th Grade)
      • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is essential for the development of critical thinking and encouraging innovation. iSTEM takes this a step further by incorporating multiple disciplines while challenging students to solve real-world problems and explore their world. This hands-on, project-oriented, interdisciplinary course will introduce students to engineering, programming, technical writing, research practices, and project management.
    • 10th Grade: iSTEM II - Terrestrial & Space
      • This course integrates the study of engineering, computer science, mathematics, and scientific principles in terrestrial and outer space environments. Students will be required to collaborate, write, and solve a host of problems skillfully and creatively. Students are expected to present their finished work in a formal setting.
    • 11th Grade: iSTEM III - Aquatic & Air
      • This course integrates the study of engineering, computer science, mathematics, and scientific principles in atmospheric and aquatic environments. Students will be required to collaborate, write, and solve a host of problems skillfully and creatively. Students are expected to present their finished work in a formal setting.
    • 12th Grade: Academy Capstone
      • Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through completion of an independent project to be presented in a formal setting. iSTEM Capstone students are expected to mentor students in iSTEM I, II, and III classes.

    Recommended Courses for the iSTEM Academy:

    • Physics
    • Physics I AP
    • Ecology
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Marine Biology
    • Environmental Science AP
    • AP Seminar
    • AP Research
    • Technical Drawing & Design
    • Engineering Drawing & Design
    • Graphic Imaging Technology I
    • Computer Animation & 3D Modeling
    • Drafting I
    • Computer Science Principles AP
    • Advanced Mathematics
    • Mathematical Analysis
    • Probability & Statistics
    • Statistics AP
    • Calculus
    • Calculus AP (AB or BC)
    • Geospatial Science through JMU
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology AP
    • Sociology