Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary Course Catalog 26 responsibility. Students will dive deeper into journalistic writing, photojournalism, graphic design, and budget management. All students are exposed to sales techniques, marketing strategies, and distribution management. While the primary objective of the class is to produce the Grand Traverse Academy Recuerdos Secondary and Elementary yearbooks, students will gain so much more. They will derive an incredible sense of accomplishment, develop as members of a team, and expand their social perspective as they strive to meet the diverse needs of every student at Grand Traverse Academy. PLTW/Science & Engineering Biomedical Science Track Principles of Biomedical Science (Grades 9-12) In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. Human Body Systems (Grades 10-12) Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Science Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on MANIKEN® skeletal models; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions, such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. Engineering Track Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades 9-12) Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Principles of Engineering (Grades 10-12) Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skill in problem solving, research, and design, while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Environmental Sustainability Engineering (Grades 11- 12) Students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to access to clean drinking water, monitoring and preserving fresh water resources and food supply issues. Applying their knowledge through hands-on activities, students research, design and build prototypes of potential solutions to these true-to-life challenges. AP Computer Science Principles (Grades 9-12) AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to learning the underlying principles of computation. The course introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the internet, cyber security concerns and computing impacts, in an engaging manner. This course also provides students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous, and yet highly accessible, curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. AP Computer Science Principles prepares students to be responsible digital citizens in a society that places increasing emphasis on technological skills. Social Studies AP European History (Grades 11-12) AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. Students investigate significant events, individuals, developments and processes in four historical periods, from approximately 1450 to the present. Students will use primary and secondary sources, focusing on the skills of developing historical arguments, making historical comparisons and utilizing