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Academy Curriculum

Required courses

Students in the Academy of Engineering complete at least three Engineering Courses in their four years at Rancho Campana. All Freshmen take Introduction to Engineering and Sophomores take Principles of Engineering. For the third and fourth year of electives, students can choose the courses that interest them. 

This first course in engineering, for 9th grade students, introduces students to the different engineering disciplines through projects. For example, students learn about civil engineering through a bridge building project, students discover electrical engineering by making an operation game board, or students learn Fusion 360 a computer aided drafting program by 3D printing.

Principles of Engineering is a continuation of Introduction to Engineering. Students are applying more math and science concepts to the projects. For example, students investigate the 6 simple machines by making a Rube Goldberg Machine. Students continue to discover engineering disciplines through projects like building a trebuchet. 

Upper level engineering courses

11th/12th Grade- Choose at least two trimesters from the Upper Level Engineering Courses. Honors Engineering, CAD and Entrepreneurship can be taken for up to 4 trimesters (20 units).

Pre-requisite: None

Computer Programming examines fundamental concepts of computer science.  Students will experience the complete software life cycle from design, implementation, and testing for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) applications.  Students develop apps using MIT’s App Inventor.

Pre-requisite: None

In this 18-week UC Honors course offered for UC (g) elective credit through the Career Education Center (CEC), students will learn modern web development technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript ES6, git, GitHub, node, Express, and MongoDB database. The course culminates in building a personal project full-stack web application.

This course is offered after school from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, various nights at RCHS dependent upon enrollment. 

Students get an extra point calculated into their GPA if they earn a C or above. Students can earn college credit if they pass the AP Exam. 
Pre-requisite: None

AP Computer Science introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing.  The course emphasizes object-oriented design using the Java language in preparation for the AP exam.

Students get an extra point calculated into their GPA if they earn a C or above.
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Engineering and Principles of Engineering

Students build on what they have learned in Introduction to Engineering and Principles of Engineering. The course introduces more math, physics, material science, theory and analysis to the engineering process. Topics include systems and controls engineering, structures and mechanisms, statics and strength or materials. Students complete more comprehensive projects with integrated mechanical, electrical and software sub-systems. This is a CEC (Career Education Center) class, onsite at RCHS. This course can be taken for up to four trimesters of progressive curriculum including an unpaid onsite internship.

Students get an extra point calculated into their GPA if they earn a C or above. 
Pre-requisite: None

Students are reintroduced to Computer Aided Drafting & Design (using SolidWorks and Fusion 360). Students complete advanced tutorials and can become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate by passing the CSWA – Academic Exam. Topics include specifications, design constraints, design studies, dimensioning and tolerancing, using standard and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components, kinematic studies and finite element analysis. Students advance their knowledge of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) by adding CNC machining and laser cutting skills to their existing 3D printing skills. This is a CEC (Career Education Center) class, onsite at RCHS. This course can be taken for up to four trimesters of progressive curriculum including an unpaid onsite internship.

Students get an extra point calculated into their GPA if they earn a C or above.
Pre-requisite: None

Students dive in head-first by creating mock companies in a competitive, crowd-sourced fashion adopted from Startup Weekend and the Business Model Canvas. Topics include value creation, market research, competitive analysis, business ethics, financial modeling, branding, marketing and organizational development. Students read The Art of War and Good to Great. They view and analyze business documentaries including ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Startup.com. Students get the opportunity to apply to become part of RCMAKES, our school-based enterprise (SBE).  This is a CEC (Career Education Center) class, onsite RCHS. This course can be taken for up to four trimesters of progressive curriculum including an unpaid onsite internship