Course Descriptions

Advanced Tech Lab – In this class students build and maintain our school’s website, produce a TV show for the daily announcements and do video editing for the 8th grade graduation and the 7th grade end of the year activities.

ASB Leadership – Joe Walker’s Associated Student Body is an integral part of many of Joe Walker’s activities and programs. It is an active student government that plans and funds a number of activities from dances to guest speakers and assemblies. All ASB officers campaign and are elected, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the year to remain an active member.

Automation and Robotics – Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) – AVID is an international program that prepares students in the academic middle for admission to a four-year college or university by learning study skills, critical thinking and problem solving. Includes college and career planning, college visits, guest speakers, and weekly tutoring from peers and college students.

Band (Beginning) – Students new to band learn how to read music, produce a good tone and learn a solid foundation to become a great musician.

Band (Cadet) – For students with 1 to 2 years of experience. Students will continue to develop their skills including: scales/drum, rudiments, rhythms, ear training, great tone and pitch.

Band (Concert) – For students with 2 to 4 years experience. Students will master the concepts of musicianship. This Band will prepare students for participation in the high school bands in our valley.

Civil Air Patrol – This course offers an exciting form of character education that uses the students’ enthusiasm for aviation, space and technology as a motivator.

Computer Science – Studies show that by 2018, 1.4 million job openings will be available for computer specialists. In this unit, students discover the principles of this fast-growing field by focusing on creativity and an iterative design process as they create their own basic apps using MIT App Inventor.

Design and Modeling – Students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions.

Drama – A program for students who love the performing arts and want to learn about every aspect of producing a theatrical production from start to finish. The semester culminates with several exciting performances, which are scheduled after school and in the evening.

Model United Nations – This course is designed to provide an orientation to the activities of the United Nations, as well as providing an understanding of the modalities of international diplomacy. This course will include current events, pressing international issues, the basics of international law and some of the protocol and procedures of diplomacy.

Science of Technology – Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. Students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to STEM activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.

Social Innovations and Possibilities - In this class, students will work together to create solutions for real world community problems. Students will learn to use technology and tools typical to business, such as action planning, budgeting, prototyping, testing, building, and distribution.

Visual Art – In Visual Arts students will be taught three-dimensional drawing using several different mediums with an emphasis on Art History and its relationship to society and aesthetics principles of artwork.

VEX Robotics – In this class students will learn about robotics and build robots for VEX Competition. VEX Robotics encourages Teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. VEX Robotics is the only Robotics platform that spans from elementary school through college.