7th Grade Trimester Elective Rotation
7th Grade Trimester Rotation (Art, STEM, and Woodshop)
*Students may not chose which of the trimester electives they take each trimester. Students assigned which trimester they take which elective.
Art is a 7th grade trimester class that advances students' understanding of the Elements of Art learned in Beginning Art, adding a closer look at the Elements of Design. A variety of additional media and methods will be examined (i.e. watercolor and acrylic paint) Students will be given additional instruction in design and painting tools, techniques, and color theory. In this course, students will continue to study the historical and cultural aspects of drawing and painting.
STEM is a 7th grade trimester class focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. Students will enhance their problem solving skills through hands-on designing, engineering, and building. Students will design Rube Goldberg machines, build bridges to hold a load, design virtual robots with VEX IQ robotics, and construct buildings that withstand the elements. Students will experiment with electrical circuits, code a video game, and even play instruments they have designed and built. Students will take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. We aim to produce the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
Woodshop is a 7th and 8th grade trimester class where students will continue to learn and apply woodworking skills. They will have more choice in the projects that they create with both machines and hand tools. Students will cut, sand, and paint their projects and take them home to keep. In addition to learning about woodworking skills, students will also learn about 3D printing. Students will practice and apply 3D design skills online to create and print a 3D project. This project, like their woodshop project, will be taken home. Students will learn and practice wood safety, and students will be expected to follow all safety rules.