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STEAM Electives

New Irving Elective Preference Form

Students will be receiving the new Irving Elective Preference Form via their English teacher’s Google Classroom platform, as well as, in their LAUSD email account.  

 

Please discuss with your child their elective choices for the 2020-21 school year. Form submission is due by May15th online.

 

You can review our elective course descriptions with your child in preparation of completing the Elective Preference Form. Our elective descriptions can be found on the preference form and below. Some advanced classes have prerequisites. Please see elective course descriptions.

 

If you have any questions about scheduling or electives, contact Mr. Lozano, exl1495@lausd.net or Ms. Barajas, cassie.barajas@lausd.net.

 

You may access Elective Preference Form through your child's Humanities Google Classroom or Schoology. 

 

We are excited about our 2020-21 school year! We miss you all our Irving students and parents. Posted 04.28.20

Elective Courses at Irving STEAM

IRVING STEAM MAGNET SCHOOL

 

Elective Course Descriptions

ALL COURSES ARE 1 YEAR LONG.

 

 

ENGINEERING ELECTIVES

 

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. For Advanced Robotics Team information email Mr. Valdez herbert.valdez@lausd.net.

 

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.

 

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. REQUIREMENT:Must have had taken Intro. to Design and Modeling and Intro. to RC.

 

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.

 

VexIQ Coding/ Flight and Space

In VexIQ (Semester A) 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. Flight and Space(Semester B) 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.

 

Sustainable Agriculture

This course project-driven and explores topics like the impact of agricultural practices on the environment, relationships between food systems and society, and urban agriculture practices.

 

 

VISUAL ART ELECTIVES

 

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.

 

 

Graphic Design: Beginning and Advanced

Students will learn to use Principles of Design as they create using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Animate, as well as with non-digital media.  Advanced students will be challenged to deepen their facility with design tools and principles.

 Students will learn to use the principles and elements of design. 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. 

 

Animation

Students will learn to use Adobe CC Animate to create original animated shorts.   Students will also complete special projects including the annual school 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 Animate.  Prerequisite: One year of Graphic Design

 

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 2019/20 school year.)

 

Film Production

The Film Production elective is perfect for students who love film, television and storytelling and want to put their passion into action. Students will split into small production groups to practice writing, filming and editing footage in different genres such as horror, comedy and documentary. By the end of the semester, each group will write, film, edit and produce their own short films. We will be using simple equipment such as iPads, students' own phone cameras, and iMovie to prove how easy film production can be. REQUIREMENT: Intro to Film OR verification by teacher needed - email Ms. Gavin at claire.gavin@lausd.net.

 

 

PERFORMING ARTS ELECTIVES

 

Beginning Strings/ Intermediate Strings

Beginning strings is for students who have no prior experience playing a string instrument. The students are given the opportunity to try the different string instruments. Through an instrument selection process that considers physical attributes, timbral preference, and aural skills, we help students find the right instrument for them. Beginning string members can learn to play the violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Students learn the fundamental skills necessary to perform on their instrument. They learn to read music, play individual solos, and are part of a large ensemble. Beginning Strings performs concerts throughout the year for friends and family at Irving.  Intermediate strings is for 7th and 8th grade students who have previously taken beginning strings. The focus of the intermediate level is to build upon the skills developed in beginning strings. The class will primarily use the A New Direction in Strings method book with a stronger emphasis on supplemental materials. This is to prepare the student for the advanced level course. More key centers will be introduced as well as complete scales with arpeggios and thirds added. This course will place a strong emphasis on pedagogy and ensemble playing. Email Mr. Cerrato keith.cerrato@lausd.net for more information on auditions.

 

Advanced Strings

Advanced strings is for 7th and 8th grade students who have at least one year of experience playing their instrument. Exceptions can be made for exceptional students who pass an audition. Advanced string students perform concerts throughout the year at Irving for friends and family, as well as at the District's Instructional Summit and Arts Day. There may be other performance opportunities throughout the year. Students in Advanced strings focus on playing and reading skills to prepare them to play in high school orchestra, and beyond. Students are also given the opportunity to play in small groups, compose music and perform as soloists at our department recitals. Email Mr. Cerrato keith.cerrato@lausd.net for more information on auditions.

 

Beginning Band/ Intermediate Band

Beginning band is for students who have no prior experience playing a band instrument. The students are given the opportunity to try the different woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Through an instrument selection process that considers physical attributes, timbral preference, and aural skills, we help students find the right instrument for them. Beginning Band members can learn to play the flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion instruments.Students learn the fundamental skills necessary to perform on their instrument. They learn to read music, play individual solos, and are part of a large ensemble. Beginning Band performs concerts throughout the year for friends and family at Irving. Intermediate band is for 7th and 8th grade students who have previously taken beginning band. The focus of the intermediate level is to build upon the skills developed in beginning band. The class will primarily use the Standard of Excellence method book with a stronger emphasis on supplemental materials. This is to prepare the student for the advanced level course. More key centers will be introduced as well as complete scales with arpeggios and thirds added. This course will place a strong emphasis on pedagogy and ensemble playing. Email Mr. Cerrato keith.cerrato@lausd.net for more information on auditions.

 

Advanced Band

Advanced band is for 7th and 8th grade students who have at least one year of experience playing woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Exceptions can be made for exceptional students who pass an audition. Advanced Band students perform concerts throughout the year at Irving for friends and family, as well as at the District's Instructional Summit and Arts Day. There may be other performance opportunities throughout the year. Students in Advanced Band focus on playing and reading skills to prepare them to play in high school band, and beyond. Students are also given the opportunity to play in small groups, compose music and perform as soloists at our department recitals. Email Mr. Cerrato keith.cerrato@lausd.net for more information on auditions.

 

 

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.

 

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. Please email Ms. Dunn connie.dunn@lausd.net for try-outs/audition information.

 

Dual Language Program- Spanish Elective

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.

 

LIFE SKILLS ELECTIVES

 

Leadership

FOR 7TH  & 8TH GRADERS ONLY. Must have a 3.00 GPA or higher from the final spring report card and good attendance.  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. 

 

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.

 

Weight Conditioning

An introductory course designed to help each student: improve muscular strength; gain knowledge and understanding of weight training theory and practice; develop a personalized weight training program.