STEM Curriculum

STEM Curriculum


Introduction to Engineering Design

Course Description: This is a STEM introductory course where students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hand-on projects. The students work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Grade 9, 10 

Principles of Engineering Honors

Course Description: This course is intended to be a follow-on course to Introduction to Engineering Design but can also be taken independently. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms,
the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Student develop skills in problem solving, research and design while learning strategies for design process
documentation, collaboration, and presentation. For the honors course, the classes will be involved in several advanced engineering projects that will require the use of basic and advanced Algebra. Students must be already enrolled in honors mathematics courses or be eligible to be in an honors mathematics course.
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Grades 10, 11 

Advanced Engineering Dual Enrollment Honors

Course Description: The University of Memphis has partnered with SBA to offer a college level course that introduces students to multiple fields of engineering including civil, mechanical and electrical. Application of mathematics to engineering will also be emphasized.
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Grades 11, 12 

Introduction to Drones

Course Description: The SBA Aerial Drone Course is the first of its’ kind anywhere in the United States. It provides an exciting exploration of modern flight through the construction and use of radio-controlled aerial drones. The one semester course consists of first learning basic electric circuitry, followed by creation of drone electrical subcomponents and then final assembly of an aerial drone. After the student aerial drones are completed, students will learn the basics of drone flight and the practical capabilities of aerial drones. Students will also be able to apply for drone licensure. This STEM course is taught in conjunction with Mid-South Aerials and with the assistance of a grant from Woz U Educational Foundation.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Grades 10, 11, 12 

AP Computer Science

AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.