Electronics and Robotics
In this Upper School course students learn the core scientific theory behind electronics and robotics and then apply this knowledge through engineering, art, programming, design, and fabrication. Explorations include cutting edge applications in robotics as well as the ethics of human-robot interaction. This is a full credit Upper School course within the Science Department and must be taken concurrently with or after Physics 1.
Projects in Science and Technology
This course guides a student through the planning, design, execution, and publication of her or his own science-oriented research project or application. Students must apply to take this course. There are no prerequisites, but preference is given to students having taken Electronics and Robotics. This is a full credit course within the science department
Projects often fall into, but are not limited to, one of three categories
- Building one’s own research instrument and conducting research with it
- Using extant instrumentation to conduct a long term data-driven research project
- Building an invention for use within a science or technological construct.
As example, a student who wants to study water quality on the lakefront property of St. Stephen’s might do one of three things.
- She could build her own internet-connected and shore-based instrument that measures oxygen content and then conduct a study.
- She could acquire an of the shelf drone submarine that she uses to perform an extensive study up and down the lake.
- She could build her own submarine and that alone would be her project, namely building a large-in-scope scientific instrument.
Robotics and Coding
This project-based course teaches coding skills in the context of physical computing. Students learn to use microprocessors to manipulate LEDs, motors, and sensors. Finally, students apply coding and electronics knowledge to build a robot. This course is required for all seventh graders and does not replace Science 7. It meets once a rotation.