Authentic Opportunities in the Field
Projects at Tech Valley High School integrate real-world scenarios and information wherever possible. For example, in Bioengineering class, students are as likely to be found out in the field gathering data, as they are in the classroom evaluating it. Each year, students go to the Hudson River where they gather water samples to analyze against historic data collected by previous TVHS classes and other schools.
Tech Valley High School invites current sixth- & seventh-grade students to apply for a week-long summer camp that replicates its unique Project-Based Learning model. Over the course of the week, students engage in innovative collaborative projects around a real-world problem faced by one of our business partners. Students will work in groups to create solutions and present them on the last day of camp.
The daily program is based out of Tech Valley High School and will include off-site fieldwork opportunities for students as they explore innovation in our region. The Technology Week focuses on emerging technologies in the area and the Biomedical Week explores topics related to health sciences.
Community service is required to connect students to the world around them and provide them with an opportunity to learn important skills and ethics. Each student is required to complete 100 hours of community service in order to graduate.
All students participate in the annual TVHS Design Expo held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s ZEN (Zero Energy Nanotechnology) Building. Students either create new projects or revise and polish projects they created earlier in the year. All of the projects feature problems that were solved through the use of the engineering design process. Students present their work and explain the process to participants, including educators and members of the professional business community.
Tech Valley High School’s annual career exploration program is called I-Term. I-Term gives students the opportunity to explore their interests and gain experiential learning in careers. All TVHS students participate in I-Term. It’s a hands-on opportunity designed to foster direct workplace interaction between students and professionals to give students a realistic understanding of an industry or field of study. It starts freshman year and scaffolds to build in complexity over four years. Learn more about I-Term.