STEM at Westminster High School
There are several STEM pathways offered at WHS. Some of the classes that are a part of these pathways are…
(College credit is available for PLTW students! Click on the College Credit Link on the left hand side of the page for more information!)
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
Students investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students.
Human Body Systems (HBS):
You will learn strong teamwork and communication practices, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. In this class you will play the role of many different health care professionals. You will see how Doctors, X-ray technicians, Phlebotomists, and many others diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Medical Interventions (MI):
The Biomedical Sciences program at Westminster High School offers students that are interested in pursuing a career in the Biomedical field an opportunity to get hands on experience through a sequence of lab-based classes. Students will increase college preparedness through classes that explore crime scene investigation and cause of death, human body systems, medical diagnoses and treatments, and the latest in medical innovations.
Biomedical Innovation (BI)
Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. They work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an audience of STEM professionals. This course is designed for 12th grade students.
Intro to Engineering and Design (IED):
Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.
Digital Electronics (DE):
Digital Electronics students will build and test kits with circuit boards and bread boards. They will design, build and test circuits in simulator software on the computers. By the end of the year, students will have an exposure to Electrical Engineering/Technicians.
Principles of Engineering (POE):
Real world applications in numerous disciplines of engineering: mechanical, electrical, civil, software, and robotics. The students use math to solve design problems. They build complex machines, solar powered cars, wind powered houses, bridges and trusses, and many different robots. The robots are built the entire second semester using a program similar to C++, and they include a robot to sort marbles, a soccer goal light, a surgical robot arm, to name a few.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA):
Civil Engineering and Architecture is the study of the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects. The course includes an introduction to many of the varied factors involved in building and site design and construction including building components and systems, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD):
Capstone course: The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.
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Video Game Design:
Learn computer programming in a fun way!
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AP Biology/IB Biology:
Challenging college level classes for future scientists, doctors and nurses, engineers and anyone interested in a science career.
This course is equivalent to a college level general chemistry course that provides rigorous study in four major areas: structure of matter, states of matter, reaction and descriptive chemistry. Students must be highly motivated to tackle this rigorous course. At the end of the year, students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination for college credit. The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of, and the ability to apply, mathematical solutions to problems involving atomic theory and structures, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, kinetic theory, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetic, thermodynamics, and descriptive chemistry. Working knowledge of chemistry prepares the students for future studies in science and medicine.
This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of problem-solving abilities. It provides a foundation in physics for students of the life sciences, pre-medicine, and applied sciences like engineering. A Laboratory based physics course preparing students for college physics. Students participate in a Group 4 project. Algebra and trigonometry skills are used extensively in this course.