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STEAM Program

Pinecrest Inspirada received Governor Sandoval’s “Nevada STEM School” designation!

 

On Monday, April 23, 2018, it was announced that Pinecrest Inspirada received Governor Sandoval’s “Nevada STEM School” designation. Pinecrest Academy went through a rigorous application and selection process and a panel of professionals visited our campus on April 09, 2018, to watch STEM education in action. The panel was impressed with what they saw in all grades K-8.

 

Governor Sandoval has created the STEM Advisory Council with the vision that: “Every student in Nevada have access and opportunities to experience a high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, with the ultimate objective that students are prepared to thrive in the New Nevada economy.” This advisory Council identifies and recognizes Nevada schools that demonstrate exemplary performance in STEM that can serve as models for other schools. Pinecrest Inspirada is the first Charter school in Nevada to receive this designation and will receive the Governor’s award in Carson City on Friday, May 18, 2018. (For more information on the STEM Advisory Council, please visit http://osit.nv.gov/STEM/Gov_Designated_STEM_Schools/.

 

A special shout out to all our elementary and middle school teachers, as well as Ms. Escalante (STEM Specialist) for all their hard work and dedication to STEM education!  

Pinecrest Inspirada STEAM Curriculum/

Course Offerings

SCIENCE


The science curriculum at Pinecrest Academy of Nevada, follows the Next Generation Science Standards.  From kindergarten through eighth grade, students learn about life science, earth and space science, physical science, and engineering, technology, and applications of science.  Students also keep a scientific notebook, learn about the scientific method, and participate in hands-on science projects and science labs.

Forensic Science 101

This is a beginning level forensic science class. You will learn about many topics related to crime scene investigation. Some of these topics are: handwriting analysis, fingerprint analysis, history of forensics, processing evidence, and forensic psychology. Reading, writing and labs will form the foundation of this course.

Forensic Science 102

This course continues the study of forensic science. We will go more in depth into crime scene investigation. Some of the topics include landmark cases, processing glass and soil, hair, fiber, and paint analysis, body fluid analysis and DNA, legal aspects, and mock trial. Reading, writing and labs will form the foundation for this course.

TECHNOLOGY


Computer Literacy
Students refine their ability of computer and technology usage integrated with engineering, math, and science. This course will effectively support classroom technology integration for the 21st Century Classrooms based on the Nevada Computer and Technology Standards, including (but not limited to):

  •  Apply existing knowledge to independently generate new ideas, products, or processes;
  • Utilize digital tools while using digital models and simulations to answer questions or to solve problems;
  • Utilize technology to track trends and predict possibilities using evidence, experiments, and collaboration to justify their predictions;
  •  Learn how to communicate with digital text, images, sound, and video;
  • Create digital products in formats appropriately targeted to specific audiences or purposes;
  • Use digital tools to plan and organize research-based inquiry, plan a timeline, track progress, and cite sources for a research project;
  • Evaluate and comparing facts and opinions in digital content sources while describing points of view;
  • Incorporate multiple digital tools in order to collect and process data to test theories and hypothesis
  • Model legal and ethical behaviors when using information and technology including properly selecting, acquiring, and citing sources; and,
  • Explain the value of existing and emerging technologies.

This required course will meet the computer competency requirement for high school graduation.  Seventh and eighth grade students who have not taken this course will automatically be enrolled in order to meet the competency requirement.

Coding

This exploratory course challenges students to think critically and problem solve while gaining first hand experiences with digital citizenship, programming, and robotics.

Digital Broadcasting

This digital broadcasting and journalism elective is a fast-paced course that provides students with the opportunity to develop and refine skills that relate directly to academic programs and future career tracks involving modern media.  Students are tasked with writing scripts, recording news segments, and editing footage to create a cohesive and informative news broadcast.  Daily newscasts are viewed by the entire middle school student body and are an integral part of campus communication.  Students in this course may also have the unique opportunity to work with and interview individuals of notoriety.

 

ENGINEERING


 

Engineering 101

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) require teachers to integrate engineering into science disciplines.  This new course will introduce 5th graders to essential engineering skills and concepts.  Activities may include; designing and building bridges, domes, and dams.  As well as, racing CO2 powered cars, roller coaster design, and rocketry.

Competitive Robotics- First Tech Challenge

Students will work hands-on with engineering software and tools to develop, plan, and build robotic creations.  Students will be presented with a ‘need’ or ‘problem’ and will be tasked with developing a robotic model as a solution.  Students will work on a team of up to 15 students to come up with creative, problem-solving ideas, make critical design and function decisions, and build a robot for competition.  Students will compete in “First Tech Challenge” at the school, regional, state and possibly national level (depending on how far students progress through competitions).


ARTS


Art
The elementary school art program encourages artistic appreciation and expression as an integral part of the development of creative thinking. Children are encouraged to discover and develop their talents and to gain an appreciation for art. Students will have access to a multitude of art materials with which they can experiment.  These materials will be in mixed media and students are encouraged to be creative and achieve their best. Along with making art, students will learn about art history through references to artists and to art created in different cultures. Students must wear a smock during art class.

The middle school art program builds upon the foundation developed in the elementary grades. Students will work individually to explore a variety of art disciplines such as drawing, watercolor/acrylic painting, printmaking, oil pastels, colored pencils/markers, photography, sculpting, and so much more!  Students will make historical and cultural connections between their projects and other artists. Students will critically and aesthetically evaluate their progress during the art-making process. Art in the middle school serves to move the student into more advanced and challenging artistic problems. Students must wear a smock during art class.

Choir

·         Beginning Choir (grades 5-8): This course is for students who are new to choral performance. Students sing a variety of literature from various time periods and backgrounds. There is one concert per semester and attendance at this concert is required. Students need the grey Pinecrest polo, navy blue pants, black socks and all black shoes.

·         Advanced Choir (grades 6-8): Students sing a variety of literature from various time periods and backgrounds. There is one concert per semester and attendance at these concert is required. Students need the grey Pinecrest polo, navy blue pants, black socks and all black shoes.

Orchestra

·         Beginning Orchestra (grades 5-8): Students learn to play a string instrument.  String instruments taught will include the violin, viola, and cello.  Students will learn and exhibit proper, safe, care and maintenance of their instruments.  They will play in large ensembles demonstrating appropriate ensemble techniques while following a conductor.  Students perform multiple-part ensemble literature and learn music terminology and music reading techniques.  This course emphasizes the place of string music in the western musical heritage.  It concentrates on the development of correct instrument position and placement, note-reading and aural skills, rhythmic patterns, intonation, and tonality inherent to string music.  The importance of sustained group and individual effort is stressed.  A progression of fundamental and technical proficiency is expected.  This course is a preparatory course for progression to more advanced orchestra courses.

·         Intermediate/Concert Strings Orchestra (grades 6-8): Concert Strings is offered as a continuation for students with previous orchestral experience. This course concentrates on the development of style, articulation, pitch, dynamics, technique, advanced rhythmic patterns and tonal recognition. A progression of technical proficiency is expected.  Students will play a carried repertoire of instrumental literature representing diverse genres and styles including both classical and popular music.  Students will be able to identify the various ways that music conveys universal themes, i.e., contrast, conflict, or emotion. This course emphasizes preparing students to continue learning how a successful orchestra functions and the continuation of success on their instrument of choice. This course is a prerequisite to Advanced Orchestra.

·         Advanced Orchestra (grades 6-8): Advanced Orchestra is offered as a continuation for students with two years of previous orchestral experience. This course concentrates on the advancement of style, articulation, pitch, dynamics, technique, advanced rhythmic patterns and tonal recognition that began in Concert Strings. A progression of technical proficiency is expected.  Students will play a carried repertoire of advanced instrumental literature representing diverse genres and styles including both classical and popular music.  Students will be able to identify the various ways that music conveys universal themes, i.e., contrast, conflict, or emotion. This course emphasizes preparing students to continue learning an advanced orchestra functions and the continuation of success on their instrument of choice. This course is designed to prepare students for high school orchestra.


Band

·         Beginning Band (grades 5-8): Beginning Band students will have the opportunity to perform on the following instruments;  flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba and percussion.   Students will learn and exhibit proper, safe, care and maintenance of their instruments.  They will play in large ensembles demonstrating appropriate ensemble techniques while following a conductor.  Students perform multiple-part ensemble literature and learn music terminology and music reading techniques.  This course concentrates on the development of correct instrument position and placement, note-reading and aural skills, rhythmic patterns, intonation, articulation, and breath support in order to perform with a good tone quality.  The importance of sustained group and individual effort is stressed. A progression of fundamental and technical proficiency is expected. This course is a preparatory course for progression to

more advanced band courses.

·         Concert Band (grades 6-8): Concert Band is offered to students entering 6th- 8th grade as a continuation for students with previous band experience. This course concentrates on the development of style, articulation, pitch, dynamics, technique, advanced rhythmic patterns and tonal recognition. A progression of technical proficiency is expected.  Students will play a carried repertoire of instrumental literature representing diverse genres and styles including both classical and popular music.  Students will be able to identify the various ways that music conveys universal themes, i.e., contrast, conflict, or emotion. This course emphasizes preparing students to continue learning how a successful band functions and the continuation of success on their instrument of choice. Students with one year of experience who wish to change instruments may choose this course

·         Advanced Band (grades 6-8): Advanced Band is offered to students entering 6th- 8th grade as a continuation for students with previous band experience. This course concentrates on advancing the development of style, articulation, pitch, dynamics, technique, advanced rhythmic patterns and tonal recognition. A progression of technical proficiency is expected.  Students will play a carried repertoire of instrumental literature representing diverse genres and styles including both classical and popular music.  Students will be able to identify the various ways that music conveys universal themes, i.e., contrast, conflict, or emotion. This course emphasizes preparing students to continue learning how a successful band functions and the continuation of success on their instrument of choice.

 

Conservatory at Inspirada

·         The new "Conservatory at Inspirada" provides Nevada's only advanced music training curriculum housed within a public middle school. Some of Las Vegas' most inspiring and sought after music educators are joining our ranks to provide a transformative music education to the students of Pinecrest Academy Inspirada. By design, this new system will build on the award winning STEAM features of our school and will nurture the creativity needed to prepare our students for the careers of tomorrow. Welcome to The Conservatory at Inspirada.

 

Drama/Theatre

In this one semester course, students learn acting techniques, audition rules, and theatre history.  Students are graded on participation, effort, and collaboration.  Students are a part of a stage production for an audience for their "final" production. This is a mandatory activity, though students may participate as technical staff or actors. Please be aware that there may be possible after school rehearsals the week before production.

MATH


Math
The mathematics curriculum will be aligned with NCTM Principles and Nevada Academic Content Standards for Mathematics by grade level for grades K-8. Mathematics activities also include mental math, math stories, math games, and competitions.  

MATHCOUNTS

This class offers fun and engaging programs that get middle school students excited about math. MATHCOUNTS provides engaging math programs to middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success. The associated cost will cover the students registration for competing in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series.  Part of this course includes the tutoring of elementary students in mathematical concepts.


Algebra I

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to solve real world problems using a number of math systems. Students will work on investigating patterns and solving equations and inequalities. They will extend their knowledge of equations to linear functions and systems of equations and inequalities. Students will work with exponents, radicals, and polynomials, working their way to solving quadratic functions. Finally, they will improve their skills in data analysis, measures of center, and sampling.

 

 

STEM Courses


 

STEM 101
STEM integration is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.  Through this content integration, students will engage in hands-on activities that will foster their 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, teamwork and effective communication.  They will work together to seek innovative design solutions as they delve into the world of engineering, particularly focusing on robotics. Learning for students in this manner will become more connected, consequently promoting a more all-inclusive meaningful experience.

 

STEM 102

This course will focus on two different “Project Lead the Way” units of STEM study (descriptions below).  Each unit will last approximately 9 weeks.

  • Design and Modeling: Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.
  • App Creators: This unit will expose students to computer science by computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society. Students will customize their experience by choosing a problem that interests them from the areas of health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service, and school culture. Because problems in the real world involve more than one discipline, the unit will introduce students to biomedical science concepts as they work on solutions for the specific problems they choose to tackle.

 

STEM 103

This course will focus on two different “Project Lead the Way” units of STEM study (descriptions below).  Each unit will last approximately 9 weeks.

·         Magic of Electrons: Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices. They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them.

·         Green Architecture: Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.