Career & Technical Education (CTE) » 9th Grade Students

9th Grade Students


In the 9th grade, students engage in our work-based learning sequence by starting out with Career Awareness. This part of the process includes career/ college fairs, job site visits, workshops with Staten Island Tech's partners, and college trips. The goal is for students to be aware of the variety of career fields available to them based on their current interests. Upon completion of the 9th grade, students will have an idea of the professions they want to explore more in-depth during their remaining time in high school.


In the 9th grade all students complete one-term courses in Intro to STEM Engineering & Robotics, Intro to Audio/Video Engineering & TV Studio, and a two-term Oracy Lab. The purpose of these foundational courses is to build basic technical skills, critical thinking, writing, teamwork, collaborative problem solving / design, public speaking/presentation skills and an introduction to various engineering disciplines. These courses also allow 9th graders to work in teams to gain the technical, written, and oral articulation skills necessary for effective communication amongst their peers in real-world problem-based experiences. The Staten Island Technical High School 9th grade CTE sequence meets the demand for developing and enhancing the communication skills required for college and academic success.

Intro to STEM Engineering & Robotics is a half-year freshman level course that introduces various applications of the math and science concepts encountered in secondary education. The major focus is to expose students to various engineering fields, the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, programming, and technical documentation. Students will develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity, project, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.
Beginning with an overview of the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) approved engineering disciplines, students will learn and apply the design process through basic problems and applications of Mechanical, Materials, Civil/Architectural, and Computer/Electrical Engineering. In addition to basic building and programming using the Tetrix robotics platform, students can expect to encounter structural member properties, bridge/tower building and testing, flight mechanics, drafting, computer modeling, technical documentation, and DIY design prototyping, spanning the core engineering disciplines. Students also learn to use Autodesk Inventor Professional, a 3D design and simulation software. At various points in the course, students will be required to manage multiple unrelated projects at once, requiring the critical development of efficient group dynamics and proper execution of time management.
Intro to Audio/Video Engineering & TV Studio enables students to learn the technical engineering aspects of operating the video and audio hardware and software used in both television studios and mobile-based multimedia productions within a multi-million dollar HD TV studio. Students will have an in-depth understanding of camera functionality, light-to-video conversion, microphone technologies, and video editing using Adobe Premiere. This is achieved through a process of developing skills through individual and group-based activities and practical assessments, along with learning the skills and procedures necessary to operate mobile and studio based TV and recording equipment. The skills learned in this course prepare students for future study and careers in A/V engineering, television production, and filmmaking. However, these skills are also transferrable to practical applications in any courses/careers students will encounter, as our society continues to rely less on the printed word and more on a variety of audio-video media as our means of communication in the 21st century.
Oracy is a recently developed curriculum designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn effective communication techniques - verbal, non-verbal, and written - that can be applied as they progress through their educational and professional careers. The purpose of this new course will be to prepare students for social interactions, workplace readiness, and life. Using the tools developed by School 21 in England, the incorporation of Work Based Learning practices, and the HOPE Skills, students are given the chance to develop the soft skills and speaking skills necessary for success in any industry. Through use of the Oracy toolkit and talk protocols, students will “learn to talk” and “talk to learn”.
In computer science and engineering, students learn how to build a fully functioning modern PC, as well as how to utilize Windows 10’s operating system while gaining a Microsoft Technology Associate certification. The class explores the Linux operating system, JavaScript, C++ via Arduino and how to utilize various Adobe products, including Photoshop and Illustrator. The class utilizes the MakerSpace to learn soldering and basic electronics skills. The class also builds a network of student support staff members for the school where students help course troubleshoot classroom teacher, as well as deal with student issues. The class could also potentially provide opportunities for paid internships alongside Mr. Whalen and with community businesses. This class is a great intro to computer engineering, computer programming, and IT. You can take this course multiple times. This class requires an application.