The Davidson CS department started 6 years ago with 12 students enrolled in a pilot Software Development Course. In the spring semester of 2016-17, 37 Davidson students took the 1st ever AP Computer Science Principles Exam, and 35 earned a qualifying score of 3 or higher. On the scoring breakdown, Davidson HS students beat the national average on each individual marker.
The First 13 students will graduate as IT Completers this spring after taking the following course sequence: Software Development (MOS Excel), AP Computer Science Principles (AP Score), AP Computer Science A (Dual Enrollment Credit Through USA)
There are 65 students enrolled in the AP Computer Science Principles Course
Approximately 130 students will take a computer science course for the upcoming school year
August 17, 2017, was Launch Day for the USA/DHS Java Pilot Program. The 12 DHS Students who are participating in the 2017 USA/DHS Java Pilot Program along with their instructor, Dr. Tom Johnsten are pictured below. These students are will receive direct instruction from USA Faculty and Staff through the year as they have the opportunity to earn their first college credit! These students are CTE Completers who earned a qualifying score on the AP Computer Science Principles Exam in its inaugural year.
The Mobile County JROTC Program conducted its third STEM Leadership Academy on the Campus of Springhill college from 21-26 June 2017. The purpose of the six-day residential JROTC STEM Leadership Academy was to engage 9th and 10th grade JROTC Cadets, in STEM content, skills, and fields of study needed by business and industry today. The Academy is designed to increase awareness of good-paying STEM career opportunities in this region for Mobile’s youth and what it takes to secure these jobs. Cadets participated in area industry and university field trips, where they interacted with scientists, engineers and technicians who are designing innovative solutions to industry and community problems. The STEM Academy includes leadership development, critical thinking, and STEM skills as Cadets solve team engineering-focused design challenges and complete rappelling and land navigation exercises. Industry and education leaders provide motivational talks each evening. The 2017 STEM Leadership Academy built upon and expanded the inaugural 2015 and 2016 Academies, this year focusing on aerospace engineering.
Congratulations to W. P. Davidson’s Keenan Carter on being elected to serve as the National FBLA Southern Region Vice President. His region covers 12 states including Alabama. Keenan, a senior at Davidson High School, also serves as the Alabama FBLA State President. Keenan is the first FBLA member from Mobile County Public Schools to have ever served as a national officer.
On March 23, 2017, Mrs. Price's Business and Personal Finance Students participated in a College Campus Fieldtrip. Students visited Bishop State Community College and the University of South Alabama. They also toured the Carver Campus of Bishop State University. During their tour, students learned about Bishop State's Culinary, Welding, Automotive, and Cosmetology programs. Students were also encouraged to participate in the MCPSS/Bishop dual enrollment opportunities this summer.
Alma Bryant High School welding students had the opportunity to tour the Austal facility in Mobile in March. Students had to gear up in hard hats and closed-toe shoes for the tour. Austal manufactures combat, transportation, service and support vessels for the U. S. Navy. Students were able to see the processes involved in manufacturing such high-tech ships.