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Science, Engineering, and Technology

Requirements

A. SCIENCE COURSES

Pentucket High School Science Department offers a well-balanced science program to all students.  Our primary goal is two-fold: 

  1. To establish scientific literacy so that our students, upon entering the work force, can make intelligent decisions regarding science-based issues, and

  2.  To provide a strong foundation for those students who plan to attend college.

Pentucket High School requires that all students complete 15 credits including the successful completion of Integrated Science or Chemistry and Biology as well as 2.5 credits in applied Arts Science including Technology Engineering.

Each course is structured to emphasize the process of science as a way of thinking and solving problems. The laboratory experience is a way in which special skills are developed to achieve this goal.  With emphasis placed on the laboratory, the student develops both an understanding of and an appreciation for inquiry and scientific methodology.  The Science Department requires all students to pass Biology, Chemistry / Physical Science and a third year of science.  

B. TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COURSES
 
Technology Education is a course of study in which the primary purposes are to familiarize students with tools, products, processes, and occupations of industry as well as social and economic phenomena of the technological world in which we live and work. The objectives of the Technology Education program at Pentucket are as follows:
  1. To encourage self-discovery by the student of their own abilities and aptitudes, leading toward maturing life interests and occupational selection.
  2. To provide an opportunity for self-expression.
  3. To develop an understanding of industry and methods of production, an appreciation of good design and good workmanship, and judgment and resourcefulness in the selection, purchase, uses, and cares of industrial products.
  4. To develop the ability to use tools and materials leading to household maintenance, leisure-time pursuits, and basic occupational skills, and the ability to read and make sketches and drawings used for illustrative purposes.
  5. To develop maturing work habits, feelings of responsibility, and ability to plan and execute work alone and in cooperation with others.
  6. To develop basic experience in the use of tools, machines and materials of value in carrying on future educational and professional work at a scientific and technological level.
  7. To develop safety habits and fundamental safety consciousness.