Administration reports to Board on STEM Academy for ARC pilot

September 6, 2019

Administration reports to Board on STEM Academy for ARC pilot
Students at Cypress Springs High School prepare a VEX robot for use in the campus’s STEM Academy for ARC (Automation, Robotics and Computer Science). The STEM ARC pilot was launched in CFISD at Cypress Springs for the 2019-2020 school year.

Sept. 6, 2019—The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD administration provided a report on the CFISD STEM Academy for ARC (Automation, Robotics and Computer Science) pilot program during the Board of Trustees work session on Sept. 5.

Launched in the 2019-2020 school year at Cypress Springs High School, the STEM Academy for ARC pilot offers a rigorous educational experience in advanced career and technical education content areas. The academy prepares students to continue training and education for careers such as:

  • mechanical or electrical engineer;
  • hardware engineer;
  • AutoCAD drafter;
  • software engineer; and
  • computer programmer.

To be considered eligible for the program, students must:

  • successfully complete Algebra I (80 or higher end-of-year average) in middle school;
  • score “Meets” or “Masters” on 8th Grade Reading STAAR and Algebra I EOC; and
  • complete Principles of Applied Engineering and/or Manufacturing (recommended).

If a student’s LOTE (Languages Other Than English) requirement for graduation is not met in middle school, one credit of LOTE, PE, or Art must be taken in summer school.

The program utilizes creative problem solving and project-based activities to enhance students’ STEM learning. Students spend multiple hours after school and on some weekends designing, building and/or modifying robots to compete in contests such as FIRST Robotics.

High school students who enter the program are asked to make a four-year commitment to the STEM Academy for ARC. Upon completion of the program, students can earn the following recognized industry certifications in the ARC field:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD (computer-aided drafting);
  • Autodesk Inventor (mechanical design software); and
  • Oracle Java programming.

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