Advanced Coursework Network

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Youth learn to use power tools in DownCity Design’s “Build It!”

The Advanced Coursework Network courses are open to EVERY Rhode Island high school student.  Register through the statewide course catalog.

Registration for the 2017-2018 academic year coming soon! 


2017-2018 Courses

*The following courses are for credit

Wing it! Provided by Brown University What makes a potato shoot out of a cannon? How do bottle rockets shoot up into the sky with only air and water? How can a fragile egg survive a 30-foot drop? If you would like to learn about these questions in greater detail, than Brown University’s ‘Wing it’ program is for you!

Electronics! Provided by Brown University Please join real Brown University Engineering students as we immerse ourselves in an electronics adventure! Ever wondered how your headphones work or wanted to build your own circuit? Throughout this semester we will exploring the world of electronics through hands on projects such as lighting an LED through a pencil, building a speaker, and using an arduino (small computer) and sensors to control a light show! Field trips include a visit one of Brown’s robotics labs and a chat with Brown’s financial aid and admissions officers to help answer all of your college questions.

MIT App Inventor, Provided by Boys & Girls Club of Providence In MIT App Inventor, students will learn basic computer science concepts, coding, and computer programming. App Inventor empowers beginners and non-programmers to create mobile applications. In this course we will use the mobile programming language, App Inventor, to program Android tablets and smartphones. The only limit on the types of apps Students will learn to build is their own imagination. Prerequisites: Junior or Seniors only

Rocketry & Physics of Flight, Provided by Brandaris Maritime This program challenges students to explore the four basic principles of flight: Thrust, Drag, Mass and Lift.  This is done through the design and build of various flying devices from paper airplanes and “walk-along” gliders to pneumatically launched rockets. Students will engage in rigorous course content that guides them through identifying problems and learning how to critically and creatively come up with possible solutions for flight and design. Once students have gained an understanding, they will act as mentors for students enrolled in middle school Brandaris programs in the AfterZone.

Sailing Through Science, Provided by the Community Boating Center Students will learn about measuring wind, buoyancy, sail area and perimeter, and simple machines with boats on site at the Community Boating Center. Students will also research water quality, marine debris and upwind sailing topics and how they relate to the marine environment and the sailing experience. More advanced concepts of land and sea breezes, wind power, and underwater exploration round out the course.

Introduction to Mechanical Fabrication, Provided by the Center for Dynamic Learning This course provides the student with an introduction to industrial fabrication from the viewpoint of mechanical technology. Successful completion of the course will provide the student with the benefits, limitations, and applications of different machine tools and environmentally friendly engineering materials for product manufacturing and fabrication. Students will study wood, plastic, and metal working.

Introduction to Theater, Provided by the Center for Dynamic Learning This class will begin with an introductory exposure to a variety of theatre topics and skills. We will delve into scene studies and acting to tell a story. We will then utilize the skills learned to choose an area of social justice and construct a response to said issue using theater as a foundational safe space to engage conversation.

Chrysalis App Design, Provided by the Danielle Bessler Foundation Chrysalis is a program designed by the Danielle Bessler Foundation for high-school students to design and build websites and mobile apps in a supportive atmosphere that encourages creativity & economic self-sufficiency. Students learn principles of coding and use state of the art technology, tools & app design techniques.

DownCity Designers, Provided by DownCity Design Participants will work together to design and build a new structure to improve a public space like a park, school, or playground in Providence. In the fall, we’ll learn about the design process while investigating our chosen project site and figuring out what we can build to improve it. Participants will learn basic architectural techniques like drawing and making small-scale models in order to develop their design ideas.

In the spring, students will work as a team to build the structure they designed. Participants will be introduced to basic power tools like drills and saws, and will learn to use those tools safely. They will prepare the site for construction, and will fabricate and install their project as a permanent contribution to a public space in Providence. This is a great class for anyone interested in architecture, design, construction, or community service. No construction skills are necessary.

After School Model UN Program (ASMUP), Provided by Brown University In the After School Model UN Program (ASMUP), students will become well-informed global citizens by exploring and discussing different issues related to global politics. Students will practice public speaking and defending their opinions. Students will learn about the United Nations and prepare to attend a Model United Nations conference at Brown in the fall with the potential of another Model UN conference in the spring.

Rhode Coders 2.0, Provided by the Providence Public Library This course will provide a foundation of web-development programming and coding for students with no or some previous coding experience. Students will learn HTML, CSS, programming fundamentals and core JavaScript using a fun and game-oriented approach. The course will be taught using a face-to-face model enhanced by interactive online content. Students’ final projects will be the creation of a working website with JavaScript interactivity.

Zoo Career Pathways: Environmental Education, Provided by the Roger Williams Park Zoo Join Roger Williams Park Zoo to explore what it is like to be an environmental educator at a zoo. After learning the importance of education and conservation to a zoo, students will work with education specialists at the zoo to engage in the process of developing and implementing age appropriate environmental education lessons for elementary aged students.

Leadership Transformation Academy, Provided by Young Voices Through Young Voices, students will tackle issues important to them, including education reform, access, and equity, as well as other issues raised by the group. They will learn how to create the policy changes they believe in at the school, district, and state level that impact their daily lives, while building public speaking and leadership skills.

Immersion, Provided by Youth In Action Immersion is an advanced project-based opportunity for participants. Immersion allows youth the opportunity to practice public speaking, facilitation and workshop delivery skills in the areas of community health, identity, racism, privilege, educational equity and outdoor/adventure learning.

Storytelling, Leadership & Change, Provided by Youth In Action Participants dive into workshops once a week during the school year, exploring skills such as public speaking, cooperation, empathy, facilitation, digital media arts and storytelling. Above all, youth learn how to build relationships, both with adults and peers.


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