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12th Grade Students


After becoming more informed about the jobs available to them by researching and exploring career fields they are interested in, students should begin the Career Preparation stage of the Work-Based Learning Sequence. This is the final stage of their high school experience where students spend their last two years working both paid and unpaid internships in the field(s) of their interest. They should also continue attending workshops, visiting colleges and job sites, job shadowing, and even participating in summer programs.


In the 12th grade there are a wide number of elective courses that students can take to further their exploration of Technology and Pre-Engineering.a


The Digital Electronics course is one of three electronics courses offered at Staten Island Technical High School. Students will study theoretical concepts of a digital components and circuitry, and then reinforce it in the lab setting by using National Instruments “Multisim 11” software. The following topics will be covered:

  • Number Systems: Binary, Hex, and Octal,
  • Boolean Algebra – Algebraic, Standard, Canonical, and Karnaugh Forms of Boolean Functions,
  • Optimization of Boolean Functions. two through five variables functions simplification using K-Map Method,
  • Combinational Logic – (SSI – Small Scale Integration) – Gate Diagrams, Decision Making Digital Circuits,
  • Optimizing circuits for cost, speed, and size,
  • MSI (Medium Scale Integration) and PLD’s ( Programmable Logic Devices),
  • Adders, Multiplexers, ROM’s, Programmable Logic Arrays (PLA), and Programmable Array Logic (PAL), and
  • Synchronous Sequential Logic (Memory Elements) – JK, D, T, and RS Flip-Flops.
Digital and electronic telecommunication networks are a critical component of the global economic and social infrastructures. This course serves as a theoretical and practical approach to computer network and Web security, attack methods, and algorithms for defending computers and computer networks in a digital and electronic environment. In addition, this course examines the field of secure telecommunications networks. Students analyze cyber attacks as case studies, learn about major security threats, methods and technologies used, and how threats affect the development and functioning of computer software and hardware. This includes electronic networking equipment, such as switches, hubs, access points, and routers. Students will use various tools and methods to create and implement canary tokens, conduct penetration testing, packet sniffing, firewall rules and management, as well as other ethical hacking methods in an electronic and digital environment.
Adv.Audio/Video Engineering & TV Studio allows students to develop the skills introduced in the freshman year course in much greater depth and apply them to a number of video projects. Most of the projects will be completed in small groups, but the major project in Adv. Audio/Video Engineering & TV Studio is the production of a bi-weekly news program that combines both studio and mobile production at a much more technically complex level and is a collaborative effort of the entire class. Students will also cultivate various job skills such as time management, interpersonal communication, and collaboration as they work with their peers to continually create this program throughout the year. Students electing to take the course a second time will take on leadership/producer roles on the news show as well as produce a short film that will serve as a culminating capstone project. This class requires an application and can be taken in lieu of C.A.D. If you did not take this course in the 10th grade, you can take it for the first time in the 11th grade. If you took this class in the 10th grade, you can take a more advanced version in the 11th and / or 12th grades.
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.
This class is a Kingsborough Community College Course which occurs prior to the school day. Mass media has a global impact on everyone’s life, personal and professional. This course will provide an introduction to all areas of mass communications and media literacy through the study of radio, television, film, newspapers, magazines, books and the Internet. Current consideration of the mass media must recognize the global nature and impact of communications systems and uses of the mass media. Students also need to acquire greater skills in, and knowledge of, the areas of oral, written, and mass communication if they are to compete and succeed in this ever-changing and expanding technological world.
The SITHS CDC has established multiple partnerships and funding sources to offer employment and paid or unpaid internship opportunities to hundreds of our students. This class will help you understand the resources that you need for finding a job, help you explore the career paths that align with your interests and strengths, and support you with professional development while working in an internship. As opposed to most classes, this class will be an Internship learning course that not only takes place at Staten Island Tech, but also online, and outside of school with a company related to your career interests. Career training trips, backpacks to briefcases, career fairs, and training seminars will all be major components. The SITHS Career Development Center will work with you to find a work experience (paid or unpaid). In some cases, you may find a position on our own and you will work with the SITHS CDC to determine eligibility. This course will challenge you to refine your professional skills and prepare you to work with our business partners and local businesses throughout New York City. If you are enrolled in the “Work, Learn, Grow” internship program, this can count towards your paid work hours. Every effort will be made to help you find a paid internship experience, but often these positions are unpaid or only paid for a portion of the year. There are two formats that a WBL internship course can take:
WBL Format A: Grade 12, 2 terms, Elective
With adequate planning, this internship course can take the place of an elective class and make it possible for you to leave school early to accommodate the needs of the position. All students are required to take seven academic periods a day, but this course can count as one or more of these periods if your job meets the requirements. The class will blend the prescribed number of in-class meetings with the hours worked. This version of the course is for 12th graders. An application to the SITHS CDC is necessary to be selected for this course.

WBL Format B: Grade 11,12, 1 - 2 terms, Elective
Many students are eligible to have this elective added to their schedule and transcript even though they have a full academic program. For instance, you are a student with a 1-9 class schedule and you also work in a mentorship for SERP doing scientific research or work an internship every week. In these situations, the CDC can add the WBL internship to your schedule, and you would be required to meet with the WBL teacher at scheduled times in which the content listed in the course description will be administered. An application to the SITHS CDC is necessary to be selected for this course.
Students will gain core knowledge and applications of principles representative of the various fields of study within the Engineering industry. The Electronics two-term curriculum will enable students to explore various aspects of circuit theory with direct current. This includes analysis of various types of circuits using resistors and is complimented with the use of virtual lab activities that reinforce what students learn. The second term curriculum builds on previous knowledge of circuit theory to explore effects of components such as inductors and capacitors. This leads into basic understanding of radio circuits in communications. The use of National Instruments “Multisim 11” lab software activities enhances and reinforces this instruction.


Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) is an upper level high school survey course intended to expose students to the principles and concepts encountered in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, documenting their work and communicating solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Students will further advance their computer aided design (C.A.D.) and building skills, developed in the prerequisite Intro to STEM Engineering & Robotics course, via hands-on applications that utilize Autodesk Inventor Professional and the TETRIX Robotics platform to produce viable design solutions to any associated problems. Students can expect to survey mechanical, civil, architectural, environmental, electrical, computer, aeronautical, aerospace, and industrial engineering fields throughout the following core interdisciplinary units:

  • Energy and Power;
  • Materials and Structures;
  • Control Systems;
  • Aerospace Design,
  • Statistics, Databases, & Kinematics;
  • Engineering Capstone.
Students may take a second level of C.A.D. in which they may choose a discipline for further study. Each discipline is project driven, meaning that exploration of new techniques and programs will occur as new projects are examined. There will be components of teamwork and presentation involved during the course of the year. See below for the areas of focus students may choose to explore:
Green Architecture and Sustainable Design
Students study sustainable design components such as green spaces, solar panels, geothermal, wind turbines, etc. Students also study industry standard methods of sustainable design construction certification, such as LEED for the United States. Projects push students to be creative in design while incorporating green technology, cost, aesthetics, and feasibility. Students use Revit Architecture, AutoCAD, and any other software they choose to complete their tasks.

Biomedical Engineering
An exploration of anything in the medical field that requires or benefits from using C.A.D. software to design the device or procedure. Examples include surgical tools, artificial and biological heart valves, a pacemaker, and prosthetic body parts. Another project includes modeling a custom plate to repair the skull of a person whom underwent brain surgery and required a craniotomy. Real field data is used in all calculations. Our 3D printers and laser cutter assist in producing student solutions for evaluation. Students use Inventor and AutoCAD, as well as any other software they choose to complete their tasks.

Independent Study
If a student has a desire to pursue extensive depth in a more specific area where C.A.D. is used, they may present to the instructor a plan to deviate from a normal Advanced C.A.D. focus.
3D Media and CGI
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The Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course centers on mobile app development and provides an introduction to the basic principles of computer science (CS) from the perspective of mobile computing, including programming in App Inventor, a graphical programming language, built in Javascript, for Android mobile devices.

The lessons and materials used by students incorporate programming while also integrating all other AP CSP big ideas: creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, the internet and global impact. The curriculum engages students and supports the development of problem solving skills honing in on the computational thinking practices as indicated in the AP CSP curriculum framework. Students learn to create socially useful computational artifacts using App Inventor as well as connect computing and learn about abstracting as they develop and analyze their programs.

The curriculum also emphasizes communication and collaboration in a project-based approach and classroom environment. This course involves a strong writing component. Students will maintain a portfolio of their work, which will include several performance tasks in the areas of programming and the impact of computing technology.

Please refer to College Board for more information.