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STREAM Program

What is STREAM? STEM + Religion + The Arts = STREAM
 
STEM Education emphasizes the progression of interdisciplinary studies in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; STREAM Education also incorporates the creativity and expression of the Arts and our faith as integral components of a 21st century Catholic education.
 
The idea of emphasizing the subject areas of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math has been driven by the business community to prepare a more agile, educated workforce for our country’s future. It has become evident that our economy is driven by innovation. The creativity and communication nurtured through “the Arts” is seen as an essential component to innovation. As a Catholic school, “Religion” is woven through all subjects creating a holistic approach to education. STREAM, therefore, is the necessary evolution of STEM education, using an interdisciplinary approach to bridge subject areas. It is not a new curriculum, but a philosophical framework for delivering excellence in Catholic education for 21st century learners.
 
Students who complete the course requirements listed below will graduate Mater Dei Prep with a STREAM Specialization in Engineering or Technology, depending on the path they choose. An exclusive diploma and cord will be presented to the students who fulfilled the requirements at commencement. 
 
Course Requirements:
 

Choose 1:

3 = Engineering Path

                (4 courses within to complete)

3 = Technology Path

                (4 courses within to complete)

Mandatory:

1 of 4 = Science from selection

2 = Seton Hall Religions (equates to 1 full year)

2 = Arts (equates to 1 full year)

1 = Mathematics

 
Course Catalog by Subject:
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AP BIOLOGY 454
5 credits, Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval. Completion of Biology 303 and Chemistry 202 (“B” or higher) or Chemistry 252 or higher. This college-level course covers three major areas of biology: molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, and organisms and populations. Through required labs, students become more aware of the process of biological investigation. Requirements: Participation in seminar to prepare for mandatory AP exam and testing fee (approximately $94.00). 
 
AP CHEMISTRY 454
5 credits, Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval. (“B” or higher or completion of Chemistry 252 or higher). This course is designed to be the equivalent of a General chemistry course taken during the first year of college. AP Chemistry topics include atomic structure, reaction stoichiometry and quantitative relationships, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, properties of solutions, acids and bases, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. The course includes 16 laboratory investigations designed specifically for the AP Chemistry program with guided inquiry components. AP Chemistry Practice problems are provided throughout the course to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Requirements: Participation in seminar to prepare for mandatory AP exam and testing fee (approximately $94.00). 
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
5 credits, Grade 11-12
This course will introduce students to ecological concepts and the environmental problems which affect the world in which they live. Students will understand the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Laboratory experiences and demonstrations are utilized throughout the course. 
 
PHYSICS 252
5 credits, Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology 101 and Chemistry 202 with a “B” average or higher, or Completion of Biology 202, and Algebra 202 or higher. This rigorous, math-based course covers the central topics in Physics, emphasizing an understanding of motion, heat, light, kinetic theory, wave motion, gravitation, electromagnetism, and optics. Course work includes in-depth mathematical problem solving. Laboratory experiences and demonstrations are constantly used throughout the course.
COMPUTER SCIENCE ESSENTIALS/PLTW (Year 1) 151
5 credits, Grade 9-12
Computer Science Essentials will expose students to a diverse set of computational thinking concepts, fundamentals, and tools, allowing them to gain understanding and build confidence. In Computer Science Essentials, students will use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to text-based programming with languages such as Python to create apps and develop websites, and learn how to make computers work together to put their design into practice. They’ll apply computational thinking practices, build their vocabulary, and collaborate just as computing professionals do to create products that address topics and problems important to them. Computer Science Essentials helps students create a strong foundation to advance to Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, and beyond. 
 
COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES/PLTW (Year 2) 252 Pre-requisite CSE
5 credits, Grade 10-12
Using Python as a primary tool, students learn the fundamentals of coding, data processing, data security, and task automation, while learning to contribute to an inclusive, safe, and ethical computing culture. The course promotes computational thinking and coding fundamentals and introduces computational tools that foster creativity. Computer Science Principles helps student develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP Computer Sciences Principles. This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment. 
 
COMPUTER SCIENCE A/PLTW (Year 3 Option) 353 Pre-requisite CSE and CSP
5 credits, Grades 11-12
CSA focuses on further developing computational thinking skills through the medium of Android APP development for mobile platforms. The course utilizes industry standard tools such as Android Studio, Java programming language, XML, and device emulators. Students collaborate to create original solutions to problems of their own choosing by designing and implementing user interfaces and Web-based databases. The course aligns to the AP Computer Science A framework. 
 
CYBERSECURITY/PLTW (Year 3 Option) 353 Pre-requisite CSE and CSP
5 credits, Grade 11-12
Whether seeking a career in the growing field of cybersecurity or learning to defend their own personal data or a company’s data, students in Cybersecurity establish an ethical code of conduct while learning to defend data in today’s complex cyber world.
SETON HALL UNIVERISTY RELIGION COURSES (Courses may change from year to year) 
 
INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT/HEBREW BIBLE RELS 1103/454
3 credits, semester course, grade 11-12
This course introduces students to the academic study of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Focus on the literary, historical, cultural, and religious contexts from which the Hebrew Bible emerged. Examines the place of the Hebrew Bible in Jewish and Christian traditions and its relevance within contemporary global culture. Tuition is approximately $100.00 per credit. 
 
CATHOLICISM, RACE, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE RELS 1505/454
3 credits, semester course, grade 11-12
This course introduces students to the question of race/racism and social justice within a Catholic theological and religious context. Questions to be considered include: What is the attitude of the Church with respect to racism, racial/ethnic identity, and cultural diversity and difference? What kinds of questions has the Church asked (as well as which questions has it not asked) with respect to race, and what are the social, historical, and theological contexts that have influenced the Church’s thinking on the issue? This course will also examine a number of interdisciplinary approaches to race and put them in dialogue with current Catholic theological and religious reflections on race and social life. Tuition is approximately $100.00 per credit.
ENGINEERING ESSENTIALS - PLTW (Year 1) 151
5 credits, grades 9-12
Engineering Essentials offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning foundational concepts of engineering practice, providing students opportunities to explore the breadth of engineering career opportunities and experiences and solve engaging and challenging real-world problems. By inspiring and empowering students with an understanding of engineering and career opportunities, Engineering Essentials broadens participation in engineering education and the engineering profession. 
 
INTRO TO ENGINEERING DESIGN – PLTW Pre-requisite EE (Year 2) 252
5 credits, grades 10-12
Students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. 
 
PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING- PLTW - Pre-requisite EE and IED (Year 3) 353
5 credits, grades 11-12
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 skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. 
 
ROBOTICS 101
2.5 credits, grades 10-12
The instructional program for Robotics introduces high school students to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies. This course will involve students in the development, building and fabrication of robotics chassis’. Students will work in teams to design, build, program, and document their progress. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, decision making, propulsion systems, and locomotive systems. The objective of this course is to use a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts in robotics, focusing on mobile robots and illustrations of current state of the art research and applications.
GRAPHIC DESIGN 101
2.5 credits, grades 9-12
Graphic design is a craft where professionals create visual content to communicate messages. By applying visual hierarchy and page layout techniques, designers use typography and pictures to meet users' specific needs and focus on the logic of displaying elements in interactive designs, to optimize the user experience. 
 
DIGITAL PHOTOJOURNALISM 101 (Full-year)
5 credits, grades 9-12
Photojournalism combines digital photography and journalism and is characterized by the use of images to tell a story. Students will learn all about the digital camera and how to use it properly. The images in a photojournalism piece may be accompanied by explanatory text or shown independently with the images themselves narrating the events they depict. Students will learn about and be involved in developing the yearbook.
AP CALCULUS - Prerequisite: Teacher Approval and “B” average or better in Pre-Calculus 353
5 credits, grades 11-12
This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics including algebra, axiomatic and analytic geometry and trigonometry. Requirements: Participation in seminar to prepare for mandatory AP exam and testing fee (approximately $94.00). Required material: TI-84+ graphing calculator. 
 
AP STATISTICS - Prerequisite: Teacher Approval and Pre-Calc.
5 credits, grades 11-12
The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: 1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns 2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study 3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation 4. Statistical inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Mandatory AP exam and testing fee (approximately $94.00) Required material: TI-84+ graphing calculator.