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SCI-MA-TECH

Sci-Ma-Tech logoThe purpose of Traverse City Area Public Schools’ enhanced science, math and technology program called SCI-MA-TECH is to enrich the quality of education by inspiring and challenging students through an individualized and integrated curriculum.

SCI-MA-TECH has a rigorous curriculum that engages students through participation in exciting and innovative explorations designed to fully prepare them for success in post-secondary education and beyond.

About the Program

SCI-MA-TECH (SMT) offers students enhanced opportunities in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. SCI-MA-TECH inspires and challenges students through an individualized and integrated curriculum. SCI-MA-TECH has a rigorous curriculum that engages students through participation in exciting and innovative explorations designed to fully prepare them for success in post-secondary education and beyond.

SCI-MA-TECH is based at Traverse City Central High School. Students join SCI-MA-TECH as freshmen and participate in the program for four years earning one full credit each year in math, science and technology. SCI-MA-TECH students also visit colleges and businesses, hear from speakers, conduct authentic research, complete an internship, and participate in extracurricular activities such as the FIRST Robotics Competition and underwater ROV building competition. [Powerpoint DocumentView SCI-MA-TECH Informational PowerPoint Presentation]

Admissions

Admission to SCI-MA-TECH is not based solely on academic achievement. Interest and commitment are major factors in the selection process. SCI-MA-TECH is open to all Grand Traverse area students. Students complete an application during the spring of their 8th grade year. An interview with members of the SCI-MA-TECH staff is part of the selection process. [PDF DocumentView SCI-MA-TECH Application]
 
For more information, contact SCI-MA-TECH Principal Heidi Skodack at 231.933.3591.

SMT Courses

SCI-MA-TECH Classes

9th Grade

  • Science: SMT Honors Biology
  • Math*: Accelerated SMT Geometry
  • Technology: (1) Measurement & Instrumentation, (2) Engineering Problem Solving

10th Grade

  • Science: SMT Honors Chemistry
  • Math*: Accelerated SMT Algebra II
  • Technology: (1) Advanced CADD, (2) Advanced Scientific Research

11th Grade

  • Science: SMT Honors Physics
  • Math*: Accelerated SMT Trigonometry / PreCalculus 
  • Technology: (1) Programming / Simulations / Robotics, (2) Summer Internship

12th Grade

  • Science: AP Chemistry or AP Biology or NMC Physics
  • Math*: AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Statistics
  • Technology: Electives available, AP Computer Science (online), NMC Technology Classes 

Total Credits

  • 4.0 SMT Science Credits
  • 4.0 SMT Math Credits
  • 3.0 SMT Technology Credits

*Math course is based on credit received in middle school math or Test Out. 

Technology Credit Options

Technology Elective Options (in class) 

  • Measurement and Instrumentation
  • CADD
  • Advanced CADD
  • Advanced Scientific Research
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Programming/Simulations/Robotics
  • Architectural Drawing 

Technology Elective Options (out of class)

  • FIRST Robotics, VEX, Underwater ROV as extracurricular
  • Second Year of Science Symposium
  • Second Internship
  • Community Outreach with Elementary Schools 

SMT Extracurricular Events

  • First Robotics
  • Underwater ROV
  • VEX Robotics
  • Math Competitions
  • Quiz Bowl 
  • College Visits
  • Field Trips
  • Guest Speakers
  • SMT Advisories
  • Social Gatherings

Reasons to Join

 

  • Take unique classes taught by outstanding teachers
  • Learn by doing not by watching
  • Pursue your passions with support and encouragement of SCI-MA-TECH staff
  • Conduct authentic research using state of the art equipment
  • Present your research at the Northern Michigan Mathematics, Engineering and Science Symposium and other state and national science fairs
  • Join a school within a school and form great friendships with students with similar interests and goals
  • Internship in a career area of student’s choice
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as SCI-MA-TECH’s FIRST Robotics Team #1711, The Raptors
  • Compete in national competitions such as the American Math Contest, the USA Biology Olympiad, and the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad
  • Follow in the footsteps of SCI-MA-TECH alumni and attend colleges such as United States Naval Academy, West Point, University of Michigan, MSU, Grand Valley State University, Rose-Hulman Institute and Michigan Tech.