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JUNEAU - Carol May, math teacher and former biomedical engineer, attended a summer institute at Southern Methodist University for learning how to implement a national pre-engineering curriculum called the Infinity Project. Created by Texas Instruments and the Southern Methodist University School of Engineering, this innovative program trains teachers in how to integrate engineering and technology concepts into their classes and spark student interests to pursue careers in engineering and technology.
The Digital Engineering Course offered at Thunder Mountain High School this year will introduce students to science, technology, engineering, and math concepts through fun, challenging, and hands-on applications. For example, students learn how sines and cosines are used to create digital music, and how matrix math is used to modify digital images. Students will learn to apply key concepts to create and design a variety of technologies. The course also uses a specialized engineering design software that is an industry standard.
Thunder Mountain High School plans to offer this first course in a sequence of courses in engineering and media technology. At the federal level, starting in 2009, technology and engineering concepts will be integrated into national assessments, according to the U.S. Education Department.
For more information contact Thunder Mountain High School 780-1900.