STEAM in Early Childhood School

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics are integrated in the STEAM program.  Students visit the STEAM Lab twice weekly where the exploration is integrated using hands-on, inquiry based experiences.  Curriculum is exclusively developed to provide Pulaski Academy students a foundation of critical thinking, cooperative learning, design and problem solving while reinforcing the literacy themes and topics, along with the math standards, that the students are learning in their classroom.  Students are encouraged to develop unique solutions to real world problems in an atmosphere that embraces determination and tenacity.  Kindergarten lessons also incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards, focusing on living things, plants, recycling, weather, forces and engineering.  Among other things, kindergarten students will explore, examine, and experience these topics and create interactive notebooks specific to NGSS standards.  Pre-coding is another topic introduced to all students; age appropriate robots are used to launch students into the world of coding and computer programming.

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STEM in Lower School

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In the STEM lab, students explore these subjects through an integrated program of study, using hands-on experiences with coding, robotics, legos, and other projects. This class is based on a curriculum, unique to Pulaski Academy, that provides our students with a foundation that surpasses one found anywhere else. This course, spanning first through fourth grade, incorporates critical thinking, cooperative learning, and problem-solving using next-generation science standards - encouraging students to develop unique solutions to real-world problems. 

STEM in Middle School

STEM Learning is facilitated through hands on activities, projects and real world application in Middle School Math and Science classes. Middle School offers Technology Integration for Problem Solving, teaching student technology skills aligned with and in cooperation with core content areas. 

Other classes include: 

Introduction to Financial Management
Introduction to Financial Management is a semester-long elective class which focuses on aspects of both personal and business finance, using a hands-on approach to real-life situations. In this course, students will explore topics of study such as accounting, investing, budgeting, profiting, and reporting. 

Topics covered in this course include the properties of energy and matter; the chemical nature of solids, liquids, and gases; motion and force; heat and heat energy; and the wave mechanisms of light, sound, and electricity. This course also incorporates some basic engineering concepts and activities that are both hands-on and integrated with technology. 

Dynamic Web Applications 
Dynamic Web Applications is a semester-long elective course which concentrates on the real-world uses of technology and the Internet. In this class, students will participate in project-based units including web design, music mixing, geocaching, basic programming, app creation, gaming, and animation. 

STEM in Upper School

Upper School offers a wide variety of STEM classes to prepare our students for college, Including: 

Web Design and Development
This course will provide an introduction to the fundamental, conceptual, and practical skills necessary to design, develop, and publish basic websites. The instruction will be a team approach utilizing the Art and Technology departments paired with industry standard software. No previous experience of web or graphic design or development is assumed or required. Students will learn the basic principles of visual communication and how to apply them in concert with the core concepts of web development using standards-based methods and tools in order to provide a quality web-based product. 

AP Computer Science A
This course emphasizes object-oriented program methodologies with a concentration on problem-solving and algorithm development. It also includes a study of data structures, design, and abstraction. The course covers Java language syntax and style, classes and interfaces, lists, and iterators. Students will focus on enhancing skills and learning to code fluently in a well- structured fashion. They will complete several individual and group programming projects. 

Robotics (Fall/Spring)

The objective of this semester course is to use a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts in robotics, focusing on mobile robots and illustrations of current state-of-the-art research and applications. Course content will be tied to lab experiments; students will work in teams to build and test increasingly more complex LEGO-based mobile robots, culminating in an end-of-semester robot contest. This course introduces fundamental concepts in Robotics. In this course, basic concepts will be discussed, including coordinate transformations, sensors, path planning, kinematics, feedback and feedforward control, stressing the importance of integrating sensors, effectors, and control. These topics will be exemplified with LEGO Robot Kit labs. 

Additional STEM Offerings

AP Biology
Pre-AP Chemistry
H Organic Chemistry             
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2                         
AP Physics C
H Indep Research                  
Environmental Science
Intro to Engineering      
Honors Geometry
Algebra II                 
Honors Algebra II
Intermediate Alg
ntro to College Alg     
Math Modeling                      
Advanced Topics
Pre-AP Precalculus
AP Statistics                          
AP Calculus AB                    
AP Calculus BC                        
Web Design
Pre-AP Computer Sci            
Digital Photography
AP Computer Science A        
Document Design 

Pulaski Academy

12701 Hinson Road  |  Little Rock, AR 72212  |  501.604.1910
Pulaski Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for 2 1/2-year-olds through 12th grade students.