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Applied Science

The Pennington School's Applied Science Certificate Program is a two-year course of study to which all sophomores in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students apply for the program in the winter of their sophomore year for participation during their junior and senior years. The Certificate in Applied Science is awarded to graduating seniors at Commencement in June.

Applied Science Certificate candidates must take at least one of the following courses to qualify for the certificate.

Engineering

Design Engineering: Grade 11

Design Engineering*
Grade 11
.5 credit
This course will give students multiple experiences applying the Engineering Design Cycle. Using CAD and graphics software, hand tools, a 3D printer, a laser cutter, a CNC mill, and a variety of materials, students will design, build, and test a solution to a given problem. This course will give students opportunities to develop important twenty-first-century skills such as collaborating with one another; identifying and working effectively with experts; honing presentation and writing ability; and learning how to complete a project on time and on budget. Students will document their learning by keeping an engineering notebook.
*Prerequisite: Successful application to the Applied Science Certificate Program
Offered fall and spring semesters

Software Engineering: Grade 11

Software Engineering*
Grade 11
.5 credit
In this course students will learn the programming skills to design and build software, as well as have multiple experiences applying the Software Design Cycle. The course will give students opportunities to develop important twenty-first-century skills like collaborating, breaking a system down into components, working effectively with experts, and learning how to complete a project on time through iterative development. The culminating project in the course will have students work to solve a problem of their own choosing.
*Prerequisite: Successful application to the Applied Science Certificate Program
Offered fall or spring semester