Curricula

NICERC works with its partners to design project-driven, application-based curricula that engages students across primary, secondary, and post-secondary grade levels. Our curricula provides school systems with a rigorous program that showcases a systems-level understanding of real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Our courses provide a hands-on, context-based approach to math and science professional development while incorporating liberal arts components, which allows teachers to embed the curricula across multiple disciplines and empowers them to prepare students to become the next generation of engineers and cyber professionals.

NICERC Curricula

STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply engages middle school students through a series of hands-on projects that help improve their problem-solving and critical-thinking, leadership, and team-building skills. All projects seamlessly integrate the engineering design process which allows students to creatively explore STEM through design.

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Cyber Literacy introduces students to cyber by blending robotics, programming, electricity, and elements of Liberal Arts. Students will learn about the opportunities, threats, responsibilities, and legal constraints associated with operating in cyberspace.

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Cyber Literacy II takes students into a deeper exploration of cyber by blending real-world robotics with significant investigations into the liberal arts and humanities. The robotics component is approached as a series of increasing systems-engineering challenges while the 4th Amendment investigations help students understand the relevance of privacy vs. security in today’s digital society as well as some key components of proper search and seizure.

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Cyber Science uses a robotics platform to teach important cyber concepts and fundamentals. Students are engaged in a systems-level approach to problem-solving using robotics and computer science in the context of the humanities and make meaningful connections between STEM and liberals arts while learning how to become better cyber-citizens.

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Cyber Society enables teachers to create cyber awareness among high school students who will help develop a pipeline of a future cyber workforce. The lessons within each module are easily customizable by teachers and cover a wide variety of topics including Cyber Law, Cyber Ethics, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Communications, and Cyber Business.

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Physics provides schools with a rigorous program that showcases a systems-level understanding of mathematics, science, and engineering that STEM-professionals use every day. The course uses a microcontroller platform, along with various other hands-on activities, that drive physics fundamentals in the five curricular threads – Electricity & Magnetism, Work & Mechanics, Waves & Sound, Light & Optics, and Thermal Fluids.

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Advanced Math for Engineering and Science is an upper level math course covering a wide range of topics that prepare students for further study in STEM fields. Students engage in tasks that require researching mathematics history, comparing and contrasting parallel ideas, and communicating mathematics through formal written responses while learning, practicing, and applying the mathematics concepts covered.

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This course provides a broad understanding of computer science concepts by exposing students to computer programming using an objects-first approach and integrating relevant projects that utilize unique hardware and software platforms in order to provide tangibility to seemingly intangible concepts.

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