Magnet Programs

Hunterdon Central offers its students opportunities to pursue specialized programs that empower them to focus on a particular passion or career area. HC has magnet programs in Architectural Design, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Global Citizenship, and Robotics. Each program consists of a cohesive series of three of four courses and includes opportunities for dual enrollment or articulated college credit, an industry-valued credential, or both.

Magnet program students engage in capstone-type experiences, which can include an independent research project, an internship or mentorship experience, and/or an independent student experience such as a college course or a credential. Some of our magnet programs are also career and technical education (CTE) programs of study, such as Architectural Design and Robotics.

Magnet program course descriptions, listed by department, appear below. If you have any questions about these specialized programs, please contact your counselor.


Computer Science Academy

Supervisors:
Jacqueline Cole, 908-284-7157 jcole@hcrhs.org
Edward Brandt.908-284-7190 ebrandt@hcrhs.org

Hunterdon Central's Computer Science Academy is an option for students who have a passion for the subject and who are interested in an in-depth exploration that leads to a Computer Science Academy Endorsement on their high school transcipt.

Students must ear at least 12/5 credits among the courses offered, with a concentration in programming, design, or a combination of both. Students may enter the academy in 9th grade, if prerequisites are met.

Computer Science Academy Course Descriptions:


Introductory Courses: A minimum of 5 credits must be earned from the following courses:

#364 – COMPUTER SCIENCE 1– JAVA - 2.5 CREDITS
Co-requisite: Algebra 2

This is an in-depth course designed to teach the fundamentals of computer science and program design. The programming language used in the course to teach these concepts is Java. The course covers classes; operators; input and output; control statements and functions. It is recommended for the serious minded problem solver who is interested in a career in a computer-related field. Students should have good study skills and a strong interest in computers. Since this is a lab-oriented problem-solving course, good attendance and the ability to focus and stay on task is important. Students are expected to complete programming assignments outside of class.


#636 - COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCOVERIES - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: None

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun. Areas of study include problem-solving, animation and games, the design process, data and society and physical computing. Students will also be exposed to the fundamentals of web development.

#ET35 - INTRO TO HTML & WEB PAGE DESIGN - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course is designed as a basic introduction to HTML and creating web pages. The students read, write, and edit HTML coding. The students learn how to create, edit and manage their web pages. The course also explores the basics of WYSIWYG programs as well as basic picture editing.


#653 – DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course provides students the opportunity to create dynamic presentations that incorporate text, digital images, audio and video. Students learn to use a combination of hardware and software to plan, design, create and deliver multimedia presentations through graphics, print and video. Students demonstrate their mastery by creating multimedia presentations for content areas throughout the school and for their own visual expression of a specified topic.


Advanced Courses: A minimum of 5 credits must be earned from the following courses:

#366 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES – 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and score of at least a Level 4 on Algebra 1 assessment.

This course is intended for students as an introduction to computer science aspects needed for our ever-growing, technology-based world. It is designed to give students foundational computing skills, an understanding of the real-world impact of computing applications, and programming literacy. In addition, this is a course that students can take their freshman or sophomore year, if they would like to begin their high school career with an AP course. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.


#368- ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE – 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #364 Computer Science 1 Java or #366 AP Computer Science Principles

This course continues the study of Computer Science topics started with Computer Science 1. This is a lab course that gives extensive practice and emphasis on good programming design and technique. Students are expected to complete programming assignments outside of class. This is an AP course that follows the suggested course of studies for the Computer Science exam. It provides the students with the knowledge and the practice to help them with the AP exam and/or a career in Computer Science. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply.

#ET40 - ADVANCED WEBPAGE DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #ET35 Introduction to HTML & Web Page Design

This course is for all students who have taken the Introduction to HTML & Web Page Design course and desire to learn the advanced features of creating webpages. Students utilize advanced WYSIWYG programs to incorporate dynamic elements into their webpage, which include the application of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Students will have the opportunity to explore their design aesthetic and learn how to create a web design that corresponds with a brand’s marketing plan.


Design & Applied Technology Magnet Programs

Supervisor: Jane Armellino, 908-284-7178 jarmelli@hcrhs.org

Hunterdon Central's Design & Applied Technology Department offers concentrated educational pathways in two areas: Robotics Career & Technical Education and Architectural Design Career and Technical Education. These pathways are recommended for students who have a passion for the subjects and who are interested in in-depth explorations of the material. Students may enter the academy in 9th grade, if pre-requisites are met.


Magnet Program Course Descriptions:


Robotics Career & Technical Education Pathway - Courses must be taken in the following sequence.

#806 - INTRO TO TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN (TED) - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-10

This course is not open to students who previously completed #805 Materials and Processes or # 807 Introduction to Technology Students will develop an understanding of the design process, technical drawing, basic tool usage and safety skills. The course will provide students with hands-on experience in technical drawing, design, fabrication, and engineering through project based units. Students will use problem-solving techniques to brainstorm and create solutions. This course provides a general introduction to course offerings in the Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) department. The course is required for students pursuing other TED courses or as an elective for students fulfilling the 21st Century Life and Career Skills graduation requirement.

#815 - INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-10
Prerequisite: #806 Intro to TED
This course is not open to students who previously completed #812 Robotics.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn fundamental robotic skills and programming essentials. Using a VEX platform robot, students work collaboratively to develop a robot to complete specific tasks. Students will have the opportunity to complete projects involving guided research, problem-solving, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Introduction to Robotics is required for students interested in further study in Robotics as well as those students who plan to pursue the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in Engineering Technology.

#812 – ROBOTICS 1 – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #815 Introduction to Robotics

This course is designed to challenge students in the operations of the VEX Robot platform as it teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn how to use feedback from sensors, applied mathematics and measurement to program their robot to navigate in its environment. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges involving guided research, problem-solving, collaboration, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Students interested in participating on the Robotics Team are encouraged to consider this course.

ROBOTICS II – COMING IN 2020!


Architectural Design Career & Technical Education Course Pathway - Courses must be taken in the following sequence:


#806 - INTRO TO TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN (TED) - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-10

This course is not open to students who previously completed #805 Materials and Processes or # 807 Introduction to Technology Students will develop an understanding of the design process, technical drawing, basic tool usage and safety skills. The course will provide students with hands-on experience in technical drawing, design, fabrication, and engineering through project based units. Students will use problem-solving techniques to brainstorm and create solutions. This course provides a general introduction to course offerings in the Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) department. The course is required for students pursuing other TED courses or as an elective for students fulfilling the 21st Century Life and Career Skills graduation requirement.


#830 - RESIDENTIAL DESIGN - 2.5 Credits
Grades: 9-10
Prerequisite: #806 Intro to TED

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Architectural Design. Students will explore residential architectural styles, basic building codes and structural requirements. Students will progress through creating residential floor plans and developing interior designs using drafting tools then expanding their ideas into computer design. Students will make decisions based on personal needs, desires and available resources to design living spaces. Residential Design is required for students interested in further study in Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Career and Technology Education (CTE) program in Engineering Technology.

#832 ARCHITECTURE – 5 CREDITS
Grades:10-12
Prerequisite: None. (The prerequisites for this course will change in the 2020-2021 school year.)

Architecture is a project based STEM course for students who are considering careers in architecture, civil engineering, planning, and construction. Students will draw, design and build architectural structures. Students will use AutoCAD to draw a block plan of their own neighborhood. They will design and draw floor plans. They will design, build, and test a tall structure and a model a small sustainable house. Students will use an advanced professional CAD system to model a final house design and produce plans and images of their virtual model.It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN - COMING IN 2021!