Tech Leadership High School

A Day at Tech

Student classes are organized around interdisciplinary projects related to the technology sectors. Rather than take courses with single, disconnected themes, students develop skills through real-world projects. Each trimester, students complete the necessary coursework (english language arts, math, science, history, Spanish, etc.) through multidisciplinary, authentic, and hands-on projects. For example, students might embark on a project on electrical energy consumption in which students calculate electrical supply and demand curves using Algebra I, while also studying the key concepts of physics by building parallel and series electrical circuits. In the same project, students conduct historical research on the development of the electrical grid, while also writing personal narratives about how their electrical consumption would have to change in a post-Apocalyptic dystopian future. By completing various projects like this each school year, students earn the required credits to complete a high school diploma in the standard four years.

The stories below are from Tech students and were created to demonstrate to parents and students that they have choice of where to send their child to attend school, to receive a well rounded education and have supports that are needed during their High School years. Miss Cortazzo created this school because of the need of choice in the Southeast Heights. Each child has their struggles and challenges and Tech was created to support the students so they will be successful in High School and in their life.

Milthon tells his personal journey and how Tech has changed his life. His journey of not being engaged in school and wanting to drop out due social influences was a barrier for his success. He talks about how his life would have been without the opportunity to be a student at Tech. He recognizes that this one decision about attending Tech has changed his entire path for his future. Tech has been very fortunate to have Milthon from the opening of Tech in 2015.

Jack tells his personal journey from childhood to his attendance at Tech. His journey through his educational was very hard for him because he didn’t have the support systems offered at his other schools. Jack has thrived his 4 years at Tech and will be graduating in 2019. Tech has been very fortunate to have Jack from the opening of Tech in 2015.

Tech High School Projects Fall 2018

Intro to Coding
In this project students will learn the basic fundamentals of computer science and coding. Students will create computer programs, collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. Throughout the project students will learn foundational concepts of programming and computational thinking using block programming, where students drag and drop “coded blocks” rather than use a programming language such as JavaScript or Python. Blocks are an easier way to get started and many top Universities today begin their programming courses with block based programming. Students will present the programs they have created and will also demonstrate their knowledge of programming concepts through mini programming challenges and debugging coding errors.

Website Design
In this project students will learn basic web design using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Throughout the project students will evaluate existing webpages and determine what attributes and qualities make a website effective and user-friendly. Student will also learn the process of planning and designing web pages; the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, tables, graphics and images, multimedia, and hyperlinks. The culminating product will be a functional website built by the students using HTML and CSS code. At the end of the project students will present their website and complete a performance assessment where they will debug coding errors to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of HTML.

Robots of Tech
In this project students will take on the role of engineers and computer scientists as they learn basic concepts about robotics. Students will be focusing on the construction and programming of autonomous mobile robots; using sensors, motors, and a core controller. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges that require research, problem solving, working in groups, and the maintaining of documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. As they advance in skills and knowledge students will work in teams to build and test increasingly more complex mobile robots, culminating in an end-of-project performance assessment robot challenge.

AP CSP – AP Computer Science Project
The AP Computer Science Principles project offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the project make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP CSP course exam and submit a digital portfolio of their artifacts; depending on the scores of both, students may be able to obtain a computer science college credit.

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