Computers, Arts, Family Consumer Science, Technology & Engineering Education
The middle school computer course is designed to provide students with a variety of learning experiences in the ever-changing world of technology. The curriculum is designed to encompass the ISTE Standards for Students in which it encourages students to be a: Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator, and Global Collaborator.
Students will develop comprehensive skills using a variety of computer software, web based tools and technology. Curriculum highlights include: Graphic Design and Photo Editing, Website Design, Video Editing and Movie Production, Intro to Computer Science and Programming, Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety, Using Productivity Tools and Keyboarding. This course is a challenging experience that will provide students with a solid foundation of skills for their middle school years and beyond.
Technology & Engineering Education
Technology is a fundamental part of today’s society. In today’s rapidly changing world, it is imperative that students develop an understanding of technology and the skills necessary to use, manage, and manipulate technology. Technology & Engineering Education strives to provide students with a solid foundation upon which to build such technological literacy. Technology & Engineering Education at Bala Cynwyd Middle School begins with an examination of what technology means. We define technology as the process whereby human beings use tools, machines, materials, and knowledge to solve problems in order to satisfy needs and wants. Using this definition as a springboard, students then explore core concepts of technology such as; Eras of Technology, Areas of Technology, Exponential Growth, Impacts of Technology, and the Design and Problem Solving Method.
After working through the core concepts, we move into the body of the course. During this phase, students split their time between two facilities – The Research and Development Lab and the Design and Prototyping Lab. Working both collaboratively and independently, students will use their problem solving skills to design and construct solutions to relevant, authentic, real-world problems. Students will have myriad opportunities to apply and reinforce their content knowledge within the framework of the design and problem solving process.
The core Areas of Technology: Power and Energy, Biotechnology, Construction, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Communication will be addressed. Students will use a variety of tools, including but not limited to computers, hand tools, multimedia equipment, and power tools. Throughout the entire course, we stress the idea that Technology & Engineering Education does not simply equate to computers or woodshop but rather encompasses these things.
The art program advances the students’ understanding and skills in drawing, painting, and three-dimensional form through a studio experience. Elements of design, principles of organization, art styles, art history, and art criticism are explored by the students as media skills and techniques refine and blossom creatively at this pivotal age. Sketch books and skill building art and writing activities are used extensively. The art program continues to provide experiences consistent with the interests and the intellectual, social and aesthetic maturity of the students. The course provides experience in enhancing artistic development, self-awareness and confidence in one’s ability. By increasing their understanding of art heritage and recognizing artistic styles and achievements, the students grow in their awareness of the art world. Exploration of additional units may include interdisciplinary approaches and multi-cultural perspectives. Students who wish to continue in art at the high school level are encouraged and given guidance.Family and Consumer Scienc
Family and Consumer Sciences
The Family and Consumer Sciences program focuses on encouraging students to become responsible contributors to family and community. Family and peer relationships are examined, along with ways to become a better communicator. Students will gain nutrition awareness from the program after learning the benefits of good health and wellness. Students will learn the basics of cooking and baking, as well as the importance of safety and sanitation in the kitchen. The foods prepared in class are nutritious, as well as appealing to the teenage palate. Fabric care and repair, textile design and construction are another piece of the curriculum. In eight grade, students will take part in a consumer education unit to gain self-awareness and personal management skills for the future.