Upper School Innovation Electives

Innovation Electives

English Department Philosophy

The English program at TVT provides arenas in which students’ natural curiosity about the world can be safely explored. In examining the many important questions that texts raise about the nature of the individual, communities, and conflict, students graduate with a greater capacity for compassion, an understanding of multiple perspectives, and a deep appreciation of the many answers literature affords us to the question: What does it mean to be human?

In order to achieve this goal, students are taught interpretive strategies that are transferable across texts: ways of understanding character, point of view, setting, and other heuristics that enable students to discover and respond to the complex ideas that literature poses, in addition to understanding their own habits of mind.

The writing program is designed so that students understand that writing is both a process and a product, a way of saying something but also a means of discovering what they truly believe. Students are exposed to various genres, such as short stories, drama, poetry, and non-fiction pieces in consideration of various rhetorical strategies a writer might employ. Students use these pieces as mentor texts from which they find their own authentic voices, and in- stead of merely consuming information and culture, they become creators of literature and writers of their own destinies.

Innovation Electives

I@TVT offers programs that encourage students to execute deep skills deeply and to bring the lessons of these pro- grams to broader communities of learning locally, nationally and globally. These programs encourage students to become role models for adventurous learning by rewarding experimentation, self-direction and risk-taking. While I@TVT programming has its private focuses, it is by its nature publicly-facing, presented to communities in public settings and critiqued in public contexts like recitals, jams, festivals, league play and charrettes. I@TVT programming integrates diverse disciplines in a coherent, fresh whole that isn’t represented by a traditional class or program and trains teachers to become more effective at engaging the learning modalities most effective with 21st century learners and brings teachers and administrators together to improve teaching and learning.

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  • Innovation Electives

    Computer Programming With Matlab
    Students will develop computer programming skills in the language called Matlab. The software is an easy to learn, versatile code that is an industry standard utilized by engineers. Students will develop robust programs to solve exercises in mathematics and science involving the manipulation of numbers. Initiating the creation of programs through pseudo code will provide the logic involved of matrix concepts, input/output statements, for and while loops, if and else if statements, built in functions, self-written functions to illustrate applications to Engineering topics. Students will also develop Model-Based Design skills utilizing the Simulink software that is developed by Math Works to work with Matlab. The software is a graphical programming environment for modeling, simulating and analyzing dynamical systems.
    Engineering and Science Research I
    In this course students will implement the systems engineering process to develop objectives, define requirements, and plan the construction of material solutions for structural related projects (i.e. bridges, buildings, etc). This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: vectors, exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations. Project management principles will also be incorporated for students to experience controlling cost, schedule, and performance criteria. Analysis and coding will be performed utilizing the Matlab software suite. No prior experience with any of the above material is required.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    Prerequisites: None
    Engineering and Science Research II
    In this course students will implement the systems engineering process to develop objectives, define requirements, and plan the construction of material solutions for electrical/electronic projects. This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: vectors, exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates. Project management principles will also be incorporated for students to experience controlling cost, schedule, and performance criteria. Analysis and coding will be performed utilizing the Matlab software suite. No prior experience with any of the above material is required.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    Prerequisites: Engineering and Science Research I
    Engineering and Science Research III
    In this Engineering Course students will implement the systems engineering process to develop objectives, define requirements, and plan the construction for material solutions to meet a customer's needs. Project management principles will also be incorporated for students to experience controlling cost, schedule, and performance criteria. Analysis and coding will be performed utilizing the Matlab software suite. No prior experience with any of the above material is required.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    Prerequisites: Engineering and Science Research II
    Entreoreneurship, Design, and Self
    Genius is the ability to make the most mistakes in the shortest amount of time." - Steve Blank, Stanford University "This looks exciting and scary let's do it!"

    How do these two statements make you feel? If they intrigue you, even excite you, this course might be for you. Do you have a start-up mentality? What does it mean to innovate? What are the personal qualities I have that enhance my ability to work in teams to solve complex problems? What problems exist in the world that demand my unique skills and deep commitment? In this course, you will discover the answers to these questions by learning what entrepreneurship is. You will learn this by doing entrepreneurship. You will collaborate with peers to develop the skills you will need to become a transformational change agent in our local community. You will practice entrepreneurial skills in creative problem-solving labs that will test your critical thinking, communication, collaboration and risk-management. You will read about the work of the great 20th and 21st century entrepreneurs. You will create prototypes that you will turn into valid solutions to real problems through your hard work. Finally, you will work with real people in the real world with real problems and collabo- rate with them to find answers to their pressing challenges.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    Prerequisites: None
    Music Composition and Performance
    This course provides students the opportunity to learn the mechanics of writing music including but not limited to: songwriting, film scoring, arranging and improvisation. The course is open to all qualified instrumentalists and/or vocalists.

    Those taking the class will need to operate some recording software i.e. garage band, logic, pro tools etc. Students will also need to be able to run some type of notation software such as Sibelius or Finale. Students will produce original music which will be recorded and pressed for limited release. Participants will also prepare all material original and other- wise for performances in and outside of school. Students will be required to be available for participation in TVT Film Festival.
    Grade Level: 9-12
    Prerequisites: Audition & teacher approval
    Engineering and Science Research III
    This Advanced Institute Course is by application and teacher approval only. In this course, students with writing experience will be challenged to create a web-based, multi-media newspaper, The Lions' Pride. With a rich tradition of paper publications at TVT, the Lions' Pride has recently adapted to modern times by going paperless. www.tvtlp.com is the site for TVT student news online and is fully developed and maintained by creative TVT students. In this course, 9-12th graders with an eye for news investigate, question, research, and draft articles on a variety of subjects including world news, politics, religion, entertainment, technology and more. On a monthly basis, students edit and post multiple AP style articles including feature articles and Op/Ed pieces, to a website. Basic website development, web page layout skills, graphic design skills, website page configuration, article categorization, and simple website coding are taught. Students are challenged to take their own photographs and to learn camera operations and Photoshop basics such as resizing images. Using social media, students will be challenged to market their website in new and innovative ways.
    Grade Level: 10-12
    Prerequisites: None
*This course is approved by the University of California.
Course Availability: It is important to note that a course may not be offered in a given year due to low course enrollment.
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