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Posted on October 19, 2021

Hello SIA Families,

We have introduced some new option choices and as such would like to offer students a chance to select their options for Terms 2 and 3. The STEM Innovation Academy (SIA) will run Term 2 from November 29 to March 10 and Term 3 from March 14 to June 28, our students will take 2 options for in each of the remaining terms.  

Every student has been enrolled in STEM101 as one of their complementary courses. STEM 101 offered students the opportunity to develop problem solving, inquiry, creativity, and creative thinking skills. This course is foundational to the learning and opportunities that students can pursue at STEM Innovation Academy and acts as a prerequisite to other STEM complementary courses offered at the school. Since students have entered the STEM Innovation Academy with greatly varied backgrounds and STEM competencies, this course has ensured that students possess basic understandings and skills in common, such as safety skills, file management, and basic understanding of software used in the school.

During the 2021-22 school year, there will be one other mandatory complementary course for all students that we’re calling STEM Talks.  As we hope that today’s SIA students will be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, we want to ensure that our students are given opportunities to pursue research and innovation in areas of interest and that they will be able to present what they have learned in a clear and compelling manner. The STEM Talks course will provide students with various formats for sharing information with others, whether it be through Ted Talk style presentations, other presentation formats, or debate. As the teacher helps students improve their capabilities regarding the “how” of presenting, students will have a great deal of flexibility and input into the “what” of their presentations. Students will be supported in their research through access to much of the equipment and technology in the school.  

If students have not yet taken STEM Talks they will be required to do so as one of their remaining 4 options courses.

Please see the email sent out by Principal Kerry Blum on October 25  for link to survey. After reading course descriptions, please rank your choices. We will do our best to give students their top choices for their remaining course options, but it should be noted that not all options choices may be granted. 

Complementary Courses 2021-22

Students will develop skills in creativity, perseverance and teamwork as they design, program, and test simple and more complex robots. Students will work in teams to build and program robots to complete open-ended challenges. Students will investigate how automation and robotics may solve problems today, and how to invent technologies for a better future. Concepts covered will include computational thinking, fundamental programming, collaborative problem solving, engineering construction and design thinking.

Think it, build it, print it! In this option course, students will explore the world of 3D Printers and the basics of 3D Modelling. They will dive deep into the physical components used to build a 3D printer, the software that allows for communication between your computer and 3D printer, all while building a digital model that you will 3D print successfully.

Students will develop a theoretical and conceptual understanding of the field of game design as they gain practical experience in creating games. Topics include researching games, obtaining client viewpoints, brainstorming solutions, coding, rapid prototyping, testing, and iterative redesign. Students will develop best practices for prototyping, examining user interfaces, play testing, game balancing, pacing, and workflow. They will document and communicate the design process as well as develop deliverables for clients.

This course was VR Creation, Graphics, and Digital Photography

Make some stickers and gain some Photoshop skills. Put on some VR goggles and code a game. Learn how to use a DSLR camera and show off your creative eye. You will do all three of these in this option!

geared towards incorporating their graphics into virtual reality projects.

Think it, design it, cut it, drill it, hammer it, glue it, screw it, paint it, slice it, saw it, nail it, build it! In this elective, students will safely learn and master basic fabrication skills and tools that can be used to create just about anything. This is a 'hand on' course whereby students will fabricate a solution to an architectural design problem in our school. Forget about what schools traditionally look like. Design and build the perfect classroom, lunchroom, outdoor area and more. Redesign and build furniture for functional spaces in our school to meet your needs!

STEM Fair is an elective that will give students the opportunity to prepare a STEM project that may qualify to participate in the either Calgary Youth Science Fair and/or the Canada Wide Science Fair. Students will use the scientific method to create either an experimental project, innovation project or a study project. They will also be judged on creativity and the communication of their ideas. During this elective student's will be carefully guided and supported through the scientific process. Student will also have to come up with their own idea to deeply pursue for entire length of the elective. Choose something you are passionate about!

Students will use the design process to solve a real-world problem. This year’s challenge will relate to prosthetics. Students will learn to use design tools and 3-D printers to create and test prototypes. They will then be able to gather data and refine their creations.

Do you want to learn how to make a character, prop, or world that could be used in a video game or movie? In this exciting, yet challenging option, students will explore how to build a digital world. Students will learn the importance of reference images, the difference between hard surface modeling and organic sculpting, as well as adding textures and lighting, leading to a final rendered image of your scene.

Students will become increasingly financially literate, and will gain a basic understanding of budgeting, investing, cryptocurrency and blockchain. Students will be active learners in the course as they track actual cryptocurrencies and evaluate investment decisions. Concepts covered will include supply and demand, markets, risk/reward, and financial security.

Students will learn functional coding through a series of projects. Although students do not need a coding background to do well in this course, students who are already familiar with Python will be given challenges starting at their level, so that their coding skills will continue to progress.

Do you like helping people? Do you like problem solving? Are you able to think outside of the box? If you answered yes, STEM iDesign may be perfect for you! Together, we will become familiar with the STEM IA Design Process by identifying a problem, researching existing products, brainstorming new ideas, and designing a product to meet the design need. We will learn how to interview, how to create thumbnail sketches, capture stunning presentation drawings, and the importance of technical drawings. We will use modeling software to conceptualize prototypes of our own unique product. Based off of user feedback, we will learn to iterate on our designs until we create a product that meets the need outlined by the problem. This course will have you working back and forth between physical and digital spaces to help create the best product possible!

Computers have become integrated into our everyday lives; most homes have multiple devices that work seamlessly. Have you ever wondered how they work? How do the components of a computer work together to allow us access to so much information?  In this course you will deconstruct and reassemble a computer while discovering what all the hardware is responsible for.  You will install and remove software, reformat a hard drive, and reinstall operating systems. The course will culminate with a project where you will assemble, modify, and personalize your own USB-C Aviator Cable & Mechanical Keyboard that you leave the course with. (*Please note there is a course fee of $100.00 for materials).