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.

Click on the photo link to watch a discussion of the power of Magnet Programs, featuring Superintendent Jeffrey Moore, Ed.D. and Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Jessica Cangelosi-Hade:

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


2021-2022 Computer Science Academy

Supervisors:
Jacqueline Cole, 908-284-7157 jcole@hcrhs.org
Robert Cole, 908-284-7190 rcole@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 earn 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.

A video message from the supervisors will be posted in January 2021.


Computer Science Academy Course Descriptions:

Required Course:
All students in the Computer Science Academy must take this course. Students may take other Computer Science courses before AP Computer Science Principles, provided they meet the course prerequisites.

#366 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Algebra 1

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. 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. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students can earn 4 credits for RVCC’s course, CSIT 103, Computer Concepts and Programming. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.

Introductory Courses:

#362 - INTERNET OF THINGS - 2.5 CREDITS
Prerequisites: Algebra 1

This course is intended to provide students with a fundamental understanding of three big concepts: 1) “Internet of Things”, 2) “Cloud Computing” and 3) “Web Services”. This will be achieved by hands on design and building of a network that integrates home devices such as lights, outlets and motion detectors. The student will integrate and manage devices through Home Automation Software, Cloud Computing on Amazon Web Services. Solutions will be developed to interact and control these devices through Alexa, web interfaces and mobile devices across the internet. Prior programming experience is not required for this course

#364 – COMPUTER SCIENCE 1– JAVA - 2.5 CREDITS

Co-requisite: Algebra 2 (any level)

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
Grades: 9-12
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 webpages. 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:

#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. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students can earn 4 credits for RVCC’s course, CSIT 105, Foundations of Computer Science. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.

#ET40 - ADVANCED WEBPAGE DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS

Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #ET35 Introduction to HTML & Web Page Design

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.



2021-2022 Science Department Magnet Program

Supervisor: Matthew Hall, 908-284-7134 matthew.hall@hcrhs.org

A video message from the supervisor will be posted in January 2021.


Science Magnet Program Course Descriptions

#481 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This course serves as the introductory course of the Hunterdon Central Biomedical Science Academy. Students will explore concepts of biology and medicine as they relate to a medical case study of a fictitious person. While investigating the case, students examine medical reports, review medical history, become familiar with medical terminology and different fields of medicine and to explore medical treatments that might have improved the patient’s state of health. The activities and projects introduce students to the US healthcare system, medical professions, human physiology, basic biology, medicine, public health issues and research processes while allowing them to investigate realistic medical case studies.

#482 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 2 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: Successful completion of #481 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences 1.

This course serves as the second course in the Hunterdon Central Biomedical Science Academy sequence. Students will continue their exploration of medical professions while further developing their familiarity with medical terminology. The first part of this course will focus on the role of medical research in healthcare, as well as methods of medical research and experimentation. During the second part of the course students will engage in hands-on investigation of human body systems with a focus on the muscular, skeletal and integumentary systems.


2021-2022 Social Studies Department Magnet Program

Supervisor:
Rebecca Lucas, 908-284-7147 rlucas@hcrhs.org

Global Citizenship Academy

#126 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP - 5 CREDITS

Grade 9

Introduction to Global Citizenship is the foundational course for the Global Citizenship Academy. this course introduces students to the relationship between local and global issues, using the United Nations Sustainability Goals as a framework for inquiry in later coursework.

With a focus on crucial skills such as empathy, critical thinking,collaboration, and intercultural understanding, students will begin to make connections to global competency and personal interest.

2021-2022 Technology, Engineering & Design 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.

A video message from the supervisor will be posted in January 2021.


TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & DESIGN COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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

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

This course provides a general introduction to course offerings in the Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) department. It is required for students pursuing other TED courses or as an elective for students fulfilling the 21st Century Life and Career Skills graduation requirement. It 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, and will develop an understanding of the design process, technical drawing, basic tool usage, and safety skills. Course #806 TED is required for students interested in further study in Robotics or Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in either of those areas.


#815 - INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-10
Prerequisite: #806 TED: Technology, Engineering & Design
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. Students who complete #806 TED: Technology, Engineering and Design and #815 Intro to Robotics can apply for college credit through the FDU Middle College Program.

#817 – 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.

#818 – ROBOTICS 2 – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #812 Robotics 1

This is the culminating course for the Robotics Curriculum and is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and Automation. It 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. Robotics 2 is required for students pursuing the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study in TE Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering.

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


#806 - TED: TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN - 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 - TED: Technology, Engineering & Design

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: #830 Residential Design

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.

#834 SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN - 5 CREDITS
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: #832 Architecture

Students will learn the fundamentals of the sustainable side of Architecture. Students will explore the reuse, renew and recycle side of design, along with an element of alternative design. Students will design structures that are sustainable and green. Emphasis will be on repurposing an existing structure, developing recreational areas, and ADA (American Disability Act). LEED Certification will be introduced and used as a basis for eco-friendly designs. Sustainable 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.