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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
    • STEM-related extracurricular and co-curricular community activities

    To earn the iSTEM Honors Medal, students must:

    • complete all iSTEM course requirements and maintain a 3.0 overall GPA
    • complete iSTEM III and participate in the Academy Symposium
    • earn 3 of the offered skill certifications
    • complete a minimum of 50 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of STEM – suggestions will be provided

    To earn the iSTEM Merit Medal, the following requirements must be met:

    • complete all iSTEM course requirements and maintain a 2.5 overall GPA
    • complete iSTEM III and participate in the Academy Symposium
    • earn 2 of the offered skill certifications
    • complete a minimum of 30 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of STEM – suggestions will be provided

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

    • complete all iSTEM course requirements and maintain a 2.0 overall GPA
    • complete iSTEM III and participate in the Academy Symposium
    • earn 1 of the offered skill certifications
    • complete a minimum of 20 cumulative hours of voluntary community service or extracurricular activities that involve the application of STEM – suggestions will be provided

     

    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:

    • iSTEM I: Foundations (9th Grade)
      • This is an integrated, hands-on, project-oriented, inter-disciplinary introductory engineering, programming and research course for students with a high interest in mathematics and science. This is a one-credit science and technology elective course designed to address national educational standards in STEM fields.
    • iSTEM II: Air, iSTEM II: Aquatic, & iSTEM II: Terrestrial (10th-12th)
      • These interdisciplinary courses integrate the study of engineering, computer science, mathematics and scientific principles in aquatic, terrestrial, and air environments. Students will be required to mentor, collaborate, write, present, and solve a host of real-world problems skillfully and creatively. Students will also be prepped for workplace readiness skill certification testing. All academy students must complete at least two of the three iSTEM II offerings in order to meet academy graduation requirements.
    • iSTEM III: Capstone (11th-12th)
      • Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through completion of an independent project to be presented at the Academy Symposium and mentorship of students in iSTEM I and iSTEM II classes.
    • English 10: Reading and Writing across STEM (10th)
      • This is a cross-curricular English course designed for a tenth grade student who has an interest in STEM-based careers. In addition to the content outlined in the English 10 curriculum, English 10: Reading and Writing across STEM Disciplines students will be introduced to technical writing, scientific writing and reviews, audience awareness, and more.

    Additional Required Courses for the iSTEM Academy:

    • Technical Drawing and Design (9th-12th)
    • Computer Science Principles AP (9th-12th)

    Recommended Courses:

    • Chemistry AP
    • Physics or Physics AP
    • Environmental Science AP
    • AP Seminar
    • AP Research
    • Engineering Drawing and Design
    • Graphic Imaging
    • Computer Animation & 3D Modeling
    • Advanced Mathematics
    • Elementary Functions or Mathematical Analysis
    • Probability & Statistics or Statistics AP
    • Calculus or Calculus AP
    • Geospatial Science (JMU)
    • Psychology AP