Tuesday, March 30

STEM Electives in High School

Electives can be a good way to make high school fun, to bring some moments of levity to a day crowded with the intense courses found in these upper grades, particularly in a college prep scenario.  What is your child interested in?  Which hobbies does s/he gravitate toward?  Are there any career interests yet?  This is a good way to let colleges know more about your student, as they see which electives made the cut and ended up on the transcript...

**Use coupon code PTTHRLI for a $30 discount on courses that are starred.**  Insert the promo code in the 'coupon' field when signing up.  If you want to use it multiple times, be sure to check out / register for each class individually.

Computers & Tech

**Graphic & Web Design
Graphic & Web Design is an introduction to front-end web development. Students will code a website using HTML and CSS, and design graphics using image editing software.

**Computer Science
In Computer Science, students will learn about more advanced topics such as the Python programming language, databases, code editors, folder structures, and path structures. The course is broken into two main areas: the development of skills and knowledge to help students become intermediate Pythonistas, and collaboration-based work in completing several group projects.

Aerospace Education (ie: Civil Air Patrol)
CAP AE offers more than 40 educational products that deliver hundreds of lesson plans to its senior members, cadets, and educator members. Aligned to national academic standards, the lessons cover pre K-12 and beyond and range from a 685-page high school/college textbook to booklets of hands-on activities for the very young learners. Subjects such as rocketry, robotics, flight, space, weather, mathematics, physical science, life science and unmanned aerial systems, are just a few of the amazing areas these lessons cover. 

SOLIDWORKS helps prepare student engineers, designers, and military to succeed in their careers through innovation solutions. SOLIDWORKS offers the complete CAD teaching tool, featuring software, certification, and full curriculum and interactive courseware.  An an independent study, our son had the most success using this program in conjunction with this book.

Video Editing Basics will teach high school students proper video cutting, how to narrow down 3 hours to 10 minutes, pans and zoom-ins, effects, and where to use them, audio, and sound effects, storytelling, and how to structure video footage. This course is designed for budding You-Tube Stars, and others on social media that use video: Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms that utilize video.

Plants & Animals

Dubbed Homestead Science by our family, this is a hands-on course that includes text and video components.  See a full review - and get a 60% off coupon - on this post.

Marine Biology
This Marine Biology homeschool curriculum introduces students to the diverse and incredible world of marine life through videos, slideshows, research projects, online resources, and downloadable materials. From the very small to the very large, students meet marine creatures that boggle the mind and defy imagination.
This Animal Science course is for teens who want to learn more in-depth information concerning animal species, habitats, and care. This is a semester-length, family-style course. Lessons include reading, research, videos, external links, and hands-on projects.


High School Science Classes

Not electives -- these are required courses for the transcripts, but ones that many parents struggle to teach at the advanced level, so we wanted to let you know about them.  You CAN use the coupon code here as well.

**Biology (w/ lab)
Biology students will learn about life from the cellular level and up. Students will develop foundational knowledge in biology through assigned readings and exercises, instruction, discussion, experimentation, microscopy, and dissections.

**Chemistry (w/ lab)
In Chemistry w/ Lab, students will learn about the building blocks of our world and how they interact with each other on a molecular level. Chemistry at HSLDA Online Academy will include lab work.

**Physics (w/ lab)
In this course, students will develop a strong foundation in high school level physics through experiments, labs, discussions, lectures, and more. Physics w/ Lab will cover general concepts, such as kinematics, energy, waves, electrostatics, circuits, and magnetic fields.

Science at the Movies (Graded) will explore students’ curiosity about science concepts based on the Marvel movies, such as how would the Infinity Stones work? And just HOW does Iron Man’s reactor power itself? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, then this science class is for you!

This year-long plan covers 36 weeks of school and uses video-based resources and computer-based lab components. It is appropriate for the high school student, and has an introduction / review of Calculus included.

Anatomy and Physiology will explore the structural organization and interplay between parts of the body. In this year-long high school level course, students will learn about the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs of the human body and how the organ systems work together.

Earth and Space is a Science course for students in 9th grade or non-traditional learners. This course will excite and inspire your student! “How big is the earth?” is the first question asked in this course. Students will explore the questions of discovery that led to how mankind explored and learned about the earth.

The goal of this course is to inspire students to inquisitively ask, question, and seek appropriate, Biblical answers to human behavior. This information will be applicable to their own lives, as well as to a broad range of career fields. This course is taught from a decidedly Christian point of view with the understanding that Psychology can be a helpful and effective tool.

Algebra II  (Geometry & Algebra I also available)
This course is designed so that students have the opportunity to pull together and apply the accumulation of mathematics concepts learned previously. Students will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. We will expand their knowledge of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions.

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