Program of Studies: Science & Technology/Engineering

Program Mission/Purpose

The Science and Technology/Engineering program of the Worcester Public Schools provides students with in-depth exploration of the standards identified in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. High quality professional development and support for classroom and afterschool activities are enhanced through partnerships with area colleges and cultural, environmental, and scientific institutions.

Massachusetts adopted new Frameworks for Science and Technology/Engineering in January of 2016. WPS will be aligning to the new standards over the next 2 years. Grades PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 6 and High School Physics will begin using the new standards in the 2016-17 school year.

Course Offerings

Aero Science I

Course Numbers: 9293 (1.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Aerospace Science I: In this course, students will examine aviation history, with an emphasis on the development of flight through the centuries, beginning with ancient civilization and extending to modern times. Students will also acquire knowledge of the traditions of the Air Force and participate in a wellness program that focuses on individual improvement.


Aero Science II

Course Numbers: 9303 (1.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Aerospace Science II: In this course, students will explore the atmosphere and weather elements; the physiology of flight; and scientific principles of powered flight. Students will also learn to communicate effectively and participate in a wellness program that focuses on individual improvement.


Aero Science III

Course Numbers: 9313 (1.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Aerospace Science III: In this course, students will examine space environment; space exploration using advanced technology and manned and unmanned space flight. Students will also explore relevant life skills and careers and participate in a wellness program that focuses on individual improvement.


Aero Science IV

Course Numbers: 9323 (1.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Aerospace Science IV: In this course, students will explore a variety of topics that may include survival; global and cultural studies; policy and organization; astronomy; or world geography. Students will learn how to manage Cadet Corps and participate in a wellness program that focuse on individual improvement.


AP Biology

Course Numbers: 2011 (2.00)(A)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Advanced Placement Biology: This intensive lab-based science course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Biology course. Students will develop explanations and predictions of natural phenomena as they design experiments, collect and analyze data, and interpret that data to draw conclusions. Topics will include: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, organisms and populations. As an Advanced Placement course, college level content will be covered and students will take the Advanced Placement Exam.


AP Chemistry

Course Numbers: 2041 (2.00)(A)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Advanced Placement Chemistry: This intensive lab-based science course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory Chemistry course. Students will work with classmates to conduct meaningful laboratory investigations that let them observe chemical reactions and substances, interpret findings, and communicate results. Major topics studied are the structure of matter, states of matter, intermolecular forces, reactions, and how to use chemical calculations to solve problems. As an Advanced Placement course, college level content will be covered and students will take the Advanced Placement Exam.


AP Environmental Science

Course Numbers: 2231 (2.00)(A)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Advanced Placement Environmental Science: In this intensive, lab-based course, students will participate in hands-on, laboratory and field investigations. Students will study the interrelationships of the natural world; identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made; evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems; and examine alternative solutions. As an Advanced Placement course, college level content will be covered and students will take the Advanced Placement Exam.


AP Physics I

Course Numbers: 2061 (1.00)(A) | 2521 (2.00)(A)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Advanced Placement Physics I: In this intensive lab-based science course, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills as they design, conduct and analyze inquiry-based laboratory investigations in physics. Topics will include: Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. As an Advanced Placement course, college level content will be covered and students will take the Advanced Placement Exam.


AP Physics II

Course Numbers: 2071 (1.00)(A)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Advanced Placement Physics II: In this intensive lab-based science course, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills as they design, conduct and analyze inquiry-based laboratory investigations. Topics will include: fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. As an Advanced Placement course, college level content will be covered and students will take the Advanced Placement Exam.


App Phys – Intro Eng

Course Numbers: 2123 (1.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Applied Physics: Introduction to Engineering: In this lab-based science/engineering course, students will engage in lab experiences that apply understanding of physical science principles and mathematics to the designing, building, and testing of prototypes. Students will learn about the properties of materials, forces, heat transfer, electricity and magnetism, digital/analog signals, laser and fiber optics, robotics and automation systems. These principles will be applied to understanding of: engineering design; construction technologies; power and energy technologies; communication technologies; manufacturing technologies, and biotechnology.


Applied Learn Lab

Course Numbers: 2722 (0.00)(H) | 2822 (0.00)(H) | 2823 (0.00)(C) | 2723 (0.00)(C)
Type: Middle School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Applied Learning Laboratory: In this course, students will integrate content knowledge from Science/Technology/Engineering, Math, and ELA as they apply skills and concepts from multiple disciplines to the solution of authentic problems. Students will complete quarterly projects requiring sustained research based on focused questions, analysis of data and statistics and the oral and written presentation of findings. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


Applied Learning Lab 6

Course Numbers: 2926 (0.00)
Type: Middle School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Applied Learning Lab 6: In this course, students will integrate knowledge from Science/Technology/Engineering, Math, and ELA as they apply skills and concepts from multiple disciplines to the solution of authentic problems. Students will complete quarterly projects requiring sustained research based on focused questions, analysis of data and statistics, and the oral and written presentation of findings.


AppPhysIntEng – Pt 1

Course Numbers: 2133 (0.50)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Applied Physics: Introduction to Engineering - Pt 1: Students will apply physical science principles and mathematical knowledge in this half-year, comprehensive technology/engineering course which includes lab/field experiences. Students will learn about the properties of materials, forces, heat transfer, electricity and magnetism, digital/analog signals, laser and fiber optics, robotics and automation systems. These principles will be applied to: engineering design; construction technologies; power and energy technologies; communication technologies; manufacturing technologies, and biotechnology. Students will engage in lab experiences that apply understanding of physical science principles and mathematics in designing, building, and testing prototypes.


AppPhysIntEng – Pt 2

Course Numbers: 2143 (0.50)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Applied Physics: Introduction to Engineering - Pt 2: This course continues where applied physics: Introduction to engineering part I ended. Students will continue their study of physics principles as applied to engineering design.


Biology I

Course Numbers: 2012 (1.00)(H) | 2019 (1.00)(H) | 2013 (1.00)(C) | 2014 (1.00)(C) | 2015 (1.00)(C) | 2016 (1.00)(C) | 2017 (1.00)(C) | 2018 (1.00)(C) | 2010 (1.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Science & Engineering
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Biology I: In this lab-based science course, students will study the fundamental concepts of life to gain understanding of the living world that surrounds and includes them. Topics will include: chemistry of life, cellular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, biodiversity, evolution, and ecology. Students will conduct lab investigations, collect and analyze data, and explore content information from a variety of text and media sources.


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