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STEAM Electives

Elective Courses at Irving STEAM

IRVING STEAM MAGNET SCHOOL

 

Elective Course Descriptions

ALL COURSES ARE 1 YEAR LONG.

 

 

Graphic Design

Students will learn to use the principles and elements of design.  They will learn to use Adobe MasterSuite with specific focus on Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator and Flash.  Students will also work with traditional media such as paper and pencils.  This course is based on a project-based curriculum in which students will produce original designs for varied publication including newsletter and website layout, book publishing, logos, art, cartoon characters and topical studies.  

 

Advanced Graphic Design

For students who previously took Graphic Design.

Students will deepen their understanding and facility with digital design using Adobe MasterSuite.  They will create the annual Irving yearbook, publish a monthly online newsletter, create photo journalism stories for print and digital publication, and design and create special projects as requested by Irving staff. Students will create original vector art that we will animate in Adobe Flash. 

 

Leadership

Leadership students are chosen through an application process. The course content of the Leadership class at Irving Magnet School is based on standards designed to teach participants teambuilding, communication skills, group and peer leadership, problem solving, time management, and assist with their personal development as leaders. Students will serve as Irving Ambassadors, participate in decision making, serve in various committees, fundraise and complete service learning hours.

 

Beginning Robotics (in One Semester long, Concurrent enrollment in DM)

This class is a prerequisite for the robotics team, advanced robotics or advanced music production.  In beginning robotics, students will learn how to design, construct, and program simple 2-motor robots using the VEX EDR robotics equipment and RobotC software.  Students will also learn how to produce, arrange, play midi instruments and record sample based music using the latest production suite, AbletonLive9, which many of today’s music artist use.  These courses are intended to introduce students to these electives so that if interested, they can pursue the advanced classes to further their knowledge.

 

Design and Modeling (One Semester long, Concurrent enrollment in Intro. To Robotics) In this course, students are introduced to and use the design process as a tool to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative designs have on our lives. They will use industry standard modeling software to create a virtual image of their design to produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. Students also learn sketching techniques and use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement and computer modeling. Students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models, test and evaluate design ideas and communicate

solutions.

 

 

Art

A basic exploratory course in the fundamentals of art introducing a variety of media and techniques utilizing different types of drawing, collage, mixed media, and printmaking. Students will learn the elements and principles of design. Students perceive and learn to analyze and respond to their own art, that of a classmates and well known artists. They will gain understanding of its and historical and cultural references.

 

Advanced Art

For students who previously took art.

An advanced exploration course using the fundamentals of art that will include a wider variety of materials and techniques. Students will create a series of artworks based upon a special interest and/or theme. Students will be expected to self-reflect on their own work and also critique classmates’ pieces.

 

Beginning/Intermediate Band

Students learn how to their choice of flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, or saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone or tuba as well as percussion instruments: drum set, snare drum, tympani, xylophone, bells, Latin and hand percussion (tambourine, maracas, conga, etc.). After the first year, students with a B or better will be invited to join the Orchestra or Advanced band. All grades are based on students’ effort and actual performance of musical material.

 

Beginning/Intermediate Strings

Students learn how to play their choice of violin, viola, cello, or string bass. After the first year, students with a B or better will be invited to join the Orchestra.

 

Advanced Orchestra

This ensemble performs for the Holiday Show, the Variety Show and other events. Open to students who have successfully completed one year of winds, brass, or percussion, or who already play at the advanced level. Teacher signature is required. Participation in school performances is mandatory.

 

Advanced Band

This ensemble performs for the Holiday Show, the Variety Show and other events. Open to students who have successfully completed one year of winds, brass, or percussion, or who already play at the advanced level. TEACHER APPROVAL REQUIRED. Participation in school performances is mandatory. All grades are based on students’ effort and actual performance of musical material.

 

Film Appreciation

This class is designed to teach students how to analyze, discuss, and appreciate the art of storytelling through film. This course will emphasize the analysis and understanding of the following: fundamental movie genres, narrative techniques, theme, and the style and evolution of movies and how they reflect culture. In addition, by the end of the course students should expect to know about various movie-making essentials such as sound, score, lighting, scriptwriting, acting, etc.  We will be watching movies across a wide spectrum of genres (types), including movies from the 1950s, from other countries, about important historical events, etc.  Along with watching lots of movies, classwork will include extensive conversation and writing.  (Do not sign up for this class if you already took Film in the 2018/19 school year.)

 

NEW Film Appreciation Advanced

Working from the base of skills and knowledge acquired in the introductory Film Appreciation class, students will be challenged by new genres and more thought-provoking films.  Along with watching lots of movies, classwork will include extensive conversation and writing.

Please sign up only if you have already taken the introductory class, OR if you already have an enthusiastic interest in movies and cinematic storytelling. 

 

Introduction to Ballet/Contemporary

This class introduces students to the fundamentals of classical ballet/contemporary technique. In each class, students participate in conditioning, movement exercises and dance phrases designed to increase knowledge and improve execution of basic ballet steps.

 

Beginning and Intermediate Dance

Dance Styles and Technique is a one year class designed to give the student an advanced introduction to various dance styles including world traditional and urban styles such as salsa and hip hop, classical technique including jazz, modern, ballet and tap, and specialty styles such as dance fitness and conditioning, musical theatre and light tumbling. Students will also be taught basic and intermediate choreography concepts. Students will get to participate in 4 shows per year. 2 shows are usually part of the mandatory requirement. Dances covered are: traditional classical forms of dance including ballet, jazz and modern, tap, hip hop, house style, as well as swing, Latin, African, other world dance styles, conditioning and tumbling. 

 

 

Advanced Dance (Team) and Production

 

Dance team meets on average three days per week including a number of Saturdays. I break my dancers into three performing levels and three different dance styles usually. This year we may go for four dance teams for more overall point potentials.

Dance team has three captains and three co-captains elected to the position, two drill coaches and a rehearsal manager. Captains are responsible for assisting learning of choreography, learning of routines, placements, modeling behavior, helping the team to keep focus and assist troubleshooting all items relevant to team needs (meetings for team fundraising, team gear, costumes, competition selection, communications, organizing rehearsals, schedules, skills, and team bonding exercises).

 

Dancers will go for 4-5 competitions for next year, 3 school day shows, 3 night shows and a number of invitational performance events. Our dance team is being recognized by our councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Dance and Dialogue, Brockus Dance Project, Versastyle and various other dance companies that want to come in and offer support for what has been built. Schools are looking to bridge with us for our talented dancers! We’re on the way up!

 

The production portion of the class focuses on fundraising, marketing, advertising, and building the show framework including dances for each class, costumes and resource requirements. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to participate and experience a local, state and national competitions. Placement try outs and teacher approval required.

 

Flight and Space/Race Challenge (One semester is dedicated to each course.)

Flight and Space (Semester A) will provide an overview of the history of aerospace studies and how it has influenced the way people meet the challenges of traveling through the atmosphere or in space. We will cover the various types of engineering careers in the aerospace industry and the different types of vehicles that have resulted for different types of flight. RC Challenge (Semester B) Students will explore the engineering that goes into modern day race cars, as well as, the advancements made through the use of different materials, designs, and power sources. Students will learn how to use and maintain a engineering notebooks. The notebooks will be essential tools throughout the course.

 

Advanced RC Team

In Ten80 Advance Race Challenge elective class, students apply engineering concepts as exhibited in the world of automobile racing. Students will collaborate to build a racing team, complete with a Team Name, logo, slogan, advertisement, and a corporate speech. Students will learn the logistics of forming and maintaining a racing team. Students will learn how to set up different track configurations for different types of racing. Cars will be configured to specific track configurations. Students will participate in races on different tracks and make detailed observations about car performance and track types, such as tires used, suspension set up, gear ratios used, and aero packages used on the cars. The concept of Drifting will be introduced. Students will compete at a local and national level. Teacher signature and try outs required.

 

Coding/ Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

In this introductory course, students will learn the foundational concepts and skills of computer science (CS). They will transition from being the consumers of technology to the creators of technology, and they will explore how to use the power of computers to solve big, real-world problems. The course is designed to be fun, engaging, relevant, collaborative, and creative. Students will build their understanding of computing concepts using analog and digital activities.  They will apply their understanding through creative projects in the Scratch programming language, where they will learn to make animations, music, drawings, and games. They will begin using Python programming language through a graphic interface that allows them to transition from block coding to text coding.

 

Advanced Coding

In this advanced course, students will enhance the foundational concepts and skills of computer science. They will apply their understanding through creative projects in the Scratch programming language, where they will learn to make animations, music, drawings, and games. They will begin using Python programming language through a graphic interface that allows them to transition from block coding to text coding.

 

NEW VexIQ Coding

Students will follow step-by-step instructions to build their first robot, and expand upon it to build whatever they can imagine. This is a study of robotics that inherently incorporates all four pillars of STEM. VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system designed from the ground up to provide this opportunity to future engineers of all skill levels. The class also naturally encourages use of collaboration, problem solving, and leadership skills.

 

NEW Dual Language Program

One of the District’s goals is to increase the number students who are bilingual and biliterate. The  Dual Language Education Program goal is that students reach advanced levels of academic and language proficiency in both languages and gain sociocultural understanding and competence. Students enrolled in the dual language program at Irving will take Spanish as a foreign language elective and will be enrolled in ONE Core-subject course to continue to enhance their Spanish-language skills. For more information, call us at 323-259-3701.

 

NEW Introduction to Piano/Keyboard

This course is designed for students who wish to develop basic piano playing skills or expand on their existing skills. Time in class will be spent both on and off the keyboards. While playing students will be working individually and in small groups to master techniques of playing. Students will also learn music history and theory.

 

Kayaking/Woodshop

Students use CAD software to design and test a kayak. When their design is complete they will begin learning the tools and procedures for building their kayaks. There will be five groups making five kayaks. This is a two semester class that culminates in a field trip to the marina to use their kayaks to learn basic kayaking skills and safety.

 

Service

FOR 8TH GRADE ONLY. Must have a 3.00 GPA or higher from the final spring report card and good attendance.  Must have a note from the teacher or office you would like to work with, and periods they would need your assistance. Each class will be different and based on the needs of the person you are helping. You will be cleaning up, filing papers, help other students, make copies, take passes/notes, etc. Must be reliable and responsible.

 

Peer Counselors

 FOR 8TH GRADE ONLY. Must have a 3.00 GPA or higher from the final spring report card and good attendance. Must have permission from Mr. Lozano or Ms. Barajas. When needed you will be: cleaning up counseling office, make copies, send passes/notes, assist with making PowerPoint presentations, help deliver presentations to school, in charge of decorating monthly bulletin board in counseling office, help with lunch time activities, etc. Must be reliable and responsible.