The Science, Mathematics, Computer Science students have the opportunity to specialize in a rigorous mathematics and science program focused on problem-solving skills and research. The program is located in Poolesville High School to help promote high-quality, integrated education and to enhance learning opportunities for highly able students from the upper county area. This program offers the opportunity for students to build an extraordinary foundation in all subject areas, better understand their interrelationships, and participate in unique research opportunities.
Kevin Lee, Head of House, Science, Math, and Computer Science
Laura Ackerman, Teacher
Mark Estep, Teacher
Jeff Flowers, Teacher
Prasad Gerard, Teacher
Keith Gordon, Teacher
Chris Hanson, Teacher
Lindsay Junkins, Teacher
Ishan Khetarpal, Teacher
Zachary Kingman, Teacher
Kevin Lee, Teacher
Melody Morgan, Teacher
Charles Yu, Teacher
Summer Computer Science Work for Incoming Freshman (Updated 6/10/19)
Fundamentals of Computer Science covers a number of topics including programming. While we teach Python 3.4 from the basics, it is useful to already have some degree of introductory programming background. If you are new to programming, you are recommended to take a free online introductory course. As we use Python 3.4 it is recommended that the course use version 3.x, but a version 2.x course is fine. There are a variety of free online courses available but some that have been looked at include
- Code Academy: https://www.codecademy.com/learn/python (only the first 9 topics (through 9 Exam Statistics) are necessary. )
- Google: https://developers.google.com/edu/python/
- Harvard: https://www.edx.org/course/using-python-research-harvardx-ph526x#!
- University of Michigan: https://www.coursera.org/learn/python
The Magnet PreCalc Summer Work Packet will also need to be completed.
Students can choose from a range of courses in the Science, Math, Computer Science House. The following courses must be successfully completed by students who tested into this program to earn a Tested In Science, Math, Computer Science Certificate of Achievement. (Printable Version)
Students in the Science, Math, Computer Science House will develop a high level of skill in the following:
- Visualizing the interdisciplinary nature of all things
- Organization and time management
- Current research and information gathering techniques
- Experimental design and hypothesis testing
- Data collection and analysis
- Oral, written and graphic presentation
- Integrating current technology into creative problem solving
- Mathematical abstraction, theory and proof
- Maryland Cyber Challenge and Competition (MDC3) Finals Competition Winners!
Congratulations to the six members of the team "PHS Falcons" who won the competition - and in doing so receive a $5,000 scholarship from the NSA...each! Team members include; Anyuan Chu, Jeffrey Falgout, Anirudh Neti, Vineet Padia, Siddharth Singal, and Umesh Padia. These students have also been invited by the Department of Homeland Security to present at a local conference.
The purpose of the competition was to promote cyber security education, awareness and cyber careers to students with strong interests in STEM.