Explorer Middle School’s Career and Technology Programs include computer-based programs designed to provide students with basic information and skills needed to function effectively in technological world.
Intro to Computer Science (SEM) introduces students to the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Students explore how a computer works, the limits of computers, societal and ethical issues involving computers, and computer programming.
In Advanced Computer Science (SEM), students dive deeper into the field of computer science while further developing computational thinking skills as well as algorithm development, problem solving, and programming. Students will work on web design and app development while being exposed to a variety of coding languages.
Students need to complete the Intro to Computer Science class before enrolling in this class.
Digital Media is designed to engage students in meaningful projects that provide the opportunity to build writing skills by exploring, analyzing, and creating both personal narrative and news stories. The primary focus of the course is learning about digital production tools, photography, design, and descriptive writing. One application of that learning is in the production of the digital Explorer’s Compass Magazine.
STEM Lab is a hands-on lab that integrates technology and a collaborative makerspace. Students will use creativity and critical thinking skills to apply the concepts learned in science, technology, engineering, and math in solving real world problems.
Video Broadcasting - EMSN
Introduction to Video Broadcasting (SEM): This class introduces middle school students to the fundamentals of video production. Students are engaged in hands-on experiences, use communications skills, and develop strategies to learn the basics of video pre-production, production, and post-production. Students learn how to go through the creative process of scriptwriting and storyboarding, filming, and editing complete news broadcasts from start to finish. Students will also experience the importance of meeting deadlines and working together collaboratively as a team. In addition students will learn the relevance of digital citizenship, ethics in broadcasting, as well as how technology affects our society.
In Advanced Video Broadcasting, students are engaged in hands-on experiences, use communications skills, and develop strategies to learn the basics of video pre-production, production, and post-production. Students produce video products in the form of daily news broadcasts to the school and other video pieces such as public service announcements, commercials, interviews with community members, and documentaries. They learn to operate audio and video equipment and perform exercises to develop technical production skills. Students use editing software to import video footage, edit, create titles and special effects, and export their final video to be shared school wide.
As they use technology students also develop skills in planning, organization, script writing, interpersonal communication, team building, and media literacy. Students participate in every aspect of video production from editing to directing to on-screen talent. They will also experience the importance of meeting deadlines and working together collaboratively as a team.
Students need to complete the Intro to Video Broadcasting class before enrolling in this class.
Yearbook students have the great responsibility of creating an 80-page, full color, vibrant yearbook. It will forever be a precious memory of their educational experiences here at Explorer Middle School. Students are expected to work behind the scenes capturing moments, quotes, and lasting memories. We work diligently to fully cover all school related events and activities.