Ardrey Kell's CTE department is one of the fastest growing parts of the school, and one of the most important. With intriguing and specialized courses such as AP Computer Science Principles, Intro to Engineering Design, and others, students are prepared for life in the 21st century and beyond.
This is an AP® course designed to teach students the basics of encryption, programming, and the fundamentals of the internet. A large portion of the curriculum addresses programming, which is extremely useful for solving a wide range of problems. This is used to teach other important topics, such as algorithms, data structures, and basic logic. The responsible use of programming and the topics discussed in class is an integral part of the course.
This course introduces students to the use of complex graphic tools. Emphasis is placed on the principles, concepts, and use of complex graphic and visualization tools as applied to the study of science and technology. Students learn how to create complex 2D graphics, animate, edit, and analyze images to better understand, illustrate, explain, and present technical, mathematical, and/or scientific concepts and principles. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer-enhanced images to generate both conceptual and data-driven models, data-driven charts and animations. Science, math, and visual design concepts are reinforced throughout the course. Activities are structured to integrate physical and social sciences, mathematics, English, and art.
This course introduces students to the use of complex graphic tools used to communicate and understand ideas and concepts found in the areas of architecture, manufacturing, engineering, science, and mathematics. Topics include problem-solving strategies, classical representation methods such as sketching, geometric construction techniques, as well as CAD (computer aided design), orthographic projection, and 3D modeling.
This course introduces students to techniques used in the video game industry. Students will focus on the principles used in game design, some of which include mathematical and virtual modeling. Emphasis is placed on areas related to art, history, ethics, plot development, storyboarding, programming, 2D visual theory, and interactive play technologies. Students develop physical and virtual games using hands-on experiences and a variety of software including Unity.
In these PLTW (Project Lead The Way) courses, students are exposed to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation involved in the process of creating a product. Students use CAD software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members in the professional community.
In this PLTW (Project Lead the Way) class, students survey engineering and are exposed to major concepts they will 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 in the professional community.