Science at
Franklin County Technical School

The science department at FCTS has created courses that develop a deeper understanding of science principles through hands-on, skills-based instruction.

We offer courses in engineering, physics, biology, and chemistry that compliment instruction in our 13 vocational programs. Science curriculum was developed from the 2016 Massachusetts Department of Secondary Education’s Science Technology and Engineering Frameworks and the Common Core Frameworks.

Our courses reinforce skills such as critical thinking and problem solving with professional career readiness as the goal for all of our students.

 

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9th Grade


Freshman Human Biology/Health:
This introductory course focuses on the concepts of human anatomy. Click on the Biology tab to learn more!


Introduction to Engineering: Introduction to Engineering is a rigorous, in-depth, hands-on program that is the foundation course for 2 year engineering and technology course at FCTS. Click on the Engineering tab to learn more!

10th Grade


Sophomore Biology:


Content focus on the chemistry of life, cell biology, genetics, evolution & biodiversity, & ecology.  Students enrolled in this course will take the Biology MCAS during the spring of their sophomore year. Go to the Biology tab to learn more!


Engineering Design:


Engineering Design is a rigorous, in-depth, hands-on program that is second in a two-year sequence of engineering and technology at FCTS. Students enrolled in this course will take the Engineering MCAS during the spring of their sophomore year. Go to the Engineering tab to learn more!

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11th Grade


Chemistry 1:


Applied Physics 1:


Applied Physics 1 is an enriching course that focuses on classical mechanics and its connections to biomechanics, machinery, and astronomy. The course...Go to the Physics tab to learn more!

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12th Grade


Chemistry 2:


Applied Physics 2:


Applied Physics 2 is the second physics course offering at Franklin County Technical School and builds upon the skills and concepts from Applied Physics 1. This second year...Go to the Chemistry tab to learn more!

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Robotics

The new robotics program is technically under the direction of the math department, but due to its scientific nature, it seemed like this is the perfect place to spotlight the course. This course is designed to introduce students to the mechanical construction of robots and the associated computer programming necessary to make a robot operational. Using a version of the programming language "C", students learn to program their robots to draw shapes and even write letters of the alphabet. This is year one of the program and the students are fully engaged in the experimentation, struggles and victories of building and programming robots. Students work in pairs, with each pair provided a laptop computer and robot materials.

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Next Steps...

If you're interested in exploring more opportunities in science at Franklin County Technical School. please contact our Guidance Department for an appointment!