The Math & Science Academy in Scottsdale Unified School District focuses on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—often referred to as STEM. Academy students graduate motivated and fully qualified to pursue degrees in the STEM field at the post-secondary level.
Students are grouped in Math, Science and English. They have the opportunity to work with peers that have the same interests and motivations. Cohort classes offer opportunities for enhanced instruction such as more speakers and additional field trips. Enhanced instruction includes:
Students meet with the science or math chair to develop their plan to complete requirements to graduate with academy distinction.
The advisor helps the students formulate their program of study, become aware of and choose opportunities related to participation in various academic competitions, and helps find and complete their internship or senior project.
There are four standard strands of study for academy students to choose from:
Life Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Science and Physical Science.
Each strand has a specific course sequence; however, the first two years of study for academy students will be similar to allow students the opportunity to change or modify their program of study through their junior year.
Each academy student will:
Each Mathematics & Science Academy student, during their program of study, must compete in a minimum of two academic competitions. A student may take a semester class in which they prepare, under the guidance of a staff member, for the competition.
Once the competition is completed the student will write a self -evaluation summary paper, which will include recommendations to future students who will compete in the same or similar arena. A student may satisfy this component outside the regular class day in an approved competition under the guidance of a staff member in order to free up time to take additional electives during the regular school day. The following competitions are pre-approved (but not limited to) for meeting this requirement:
* Every Math and Science Academy student is expected to participate in the AZ State Math Contest.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
The program requires about 20 hours a week for six weeks straight. That would means after school and on Saturdays for six weeks (this is less time commitment than most sports). If you are interested in being a part of the (first) Saguaro FIRST Robotics team contact as a student, parent or volunteer please contact Mr. Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saguaro Science Olympiad team competed in the Sate Science Olympiad held at Glendale Community College. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set, but Saguaro had two teams competing with a total of 28 students involved. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 25 team events. This year, our students competed in a variety of events focused on genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. Forty three teams from across the state participated this year—that’s more than 600 students. Seventy five percent of the Saguaro team members won awards in at least one event.
If you are interested in being a part of the Saguaro Science Olympiad Team or The Saguaro Science Bowl team as a student, parent or volunteer please contact Mrs. Moll at email@example.com .
This past year, students from the Math & Science Academy participated in a field trip to Glendale Community College for the Science and Nursing Day as well as the Forensics Day.
Saguaro students attended the Health Science Day at Grand Canyon University. Students from our health science classes, HPA and our Math & Science Academy who have an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare learned from speakers working in various health-related career fields and participated in many other exciting activities.
Saguaro's Math & Science Academy students attended a field trip to the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. They also attended a field trip to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN) to learn about the latest technological advancements happening with the human genome.