Barton Malow

The Katherine G. Johnson S.T.E.M. Institute at Alpha Academy is the only of it’s kind and named after NASA Pioneer Katherine G. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson’s impact on American history as well as her love for mathematics and teaching inspired Alpha Academy to choose her as the face of our inspiration.

Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.

S.T.E.M. is an acronym referring to the key academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In the 2016-2017 school year, Alpha Academy is building students’ 21st Century skills by entering them into various national math and science competitions. One example of these competitions is Future City. According to, “The Future City competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future,” using SimCity computer software. Other competitions will include Science Olympiad and Math Counts. Great opportunities are ahead for Alpha Academy’s students. “I can’t wait to compete against local and nationwide schools this year,” 8th grader Kendall Lowe stated.

In math, you’re either right or you’re wrong.


Instructions and suggestions on opportunities with volunteering in the Cumberland and surrounding communities.

Basic instruction using Microsoft Word 365. Paper formatting, paragraph writing, APA writing rules and basic research writing skills implementing word and power point construction.

Girls pre-algebraic math class performing identical functions as boys; instilling confidence in performing math functions using the text ‘Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math’ by Danica McKellar.

Students will be introduced to the historical and cultural literature and its relevance to STEM using computer technology.

The teacher will use the online calculator and Excel to produce spreadsheets.

Beginning algebra enhanced with pre-algebra topics such as arithmetic, fractions, and word problems. Topics include selections of the following: real numbers, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, polynomials, factoring, algebraic fractions, problem-solving, systems of linear equations, rational and irrational numbers, and quadratic equations.

A hospital EMT and Fire Station representative will speak on technology used in emergency situations. Students will learn of the career path needed to become a medical technician.

Students will be introduced to computer hardware and software used for constructing building sites, planning and field and structure design (Fieldtrip to follow).

An introduction to analysis of planes, solids, and coordinates. Topics include parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and analysis, similarity and congruence. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical thinking skills. Instruments needed: protractors, rulers, pencils and compasses.

Students will be introduced to Geospatial technology services which help individuals visualize and analyze spatial data. Students will learn about geospatial information systems (GIS), global positioning system and spatial databases, for acquiring and manipulating geographic data (National Geospatial fieldtrip to follow).

A lecture style class on the fundamentals of cells and tissues; the teacher will explain the different characteristics and functions of the microscopic structure of human cells, recognizing groups of cells and cell function. Students will discuss their leadership role and value to others using critical thinking, honesty, and concern for others.

Java is a hands-on programming course which provides an introduction to programming using the Java language. Students will be introduced to the application development cycle, structure of programs, and specific language syntax.

Orientating students on requirements to become a NSCP Summer 2019 applicants competing nationally.

Instruction on NASA educational materials for students using apps, e-books, website and blogs. Students will request to process a request for linking with the NASA space station for a fall 2018 communications lesson. Students will also learn of careers and internships for future opportunities with NASA.

Pseudocode is a simple way of writing programming code in English. Pseudocode is not actual programming language. It uses short phrases to write code for programs before you actually create it in a language. Once instructed on what the program is about and how it will function, then pseudocode is used to create statements.

Basic orientation on becoming a STEM member of KJSI at Alpha Academy; planning on-site and off-site STEM activity for 2018- 2019.

Students will be instructed on the basics of HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery.