Engineering students are challenged to expand their intellects and to develop skills in the areas of inquiry, critical thinking, problem seeking, problem solving, research, and presentation. Students develop the ability to access and analyze information, to view the world through multiple perspectives, and to make connections between the disciplines of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM).
Frisch offers a two-year elective in engineering. Freshmen have the opportunity to engage in an exciting, rigorous, and accelerated curriculum, rich in laboratory and work-based experiences, in addition to simulated laboratory experiments and multimedia activities. Students learn the foundations of engineering design as they investigate systems and their classification, functions, and purpose. Throughout the course they acquire skills in problem solving, dimension and unit analysis, measurements, calculations, and documentation. Students then explore the foundations of electronics in the lab and discover the need for feedback and control in system design. Students apply their working knowledge in order to design and develop their own engineering projects; they are involved in all aspects from idea generation to the production of a working prototype. Teams of students brainstorm, research, and use the skills acquired in class to plan and submit project proposals, design, build, program, test, debug, redesign, and document their work, after which they present and promote their project at annual symposiums.
With a scientific engineering background, sophomores learn the foundations of bioengineering as they investigate the various biological systems, their functions, and purpose. They research and present current engineering developments that dictate how disease is diagnosed and treated. Students study biomechanics by investigating levers, motion, and robotics as they design prosthetics and monitor, measure, and design diagnostic models to learn about engineering aspects of the circulatory system. In addition, they study artificial neural and mathematical models of the nervous system. Students apply their knowledge to design and develop a bioengineering project with a working prototype which uses advanced electronic hardware.
This course is a project-based course in creative problem solving through robotics. Students will work in groups of two or three and be given a problem to be solved that involves designing and programming a robot. We will use Lego Mindstorms EV3 as the robotics platform and RobotC, a C based robotics language, to do the programming. Each problem will have multiple solutions and the students will be challenged to use their creativity to design an optimal solution. The course will meet three days a week and the students will be encouraged to work on their projects between course sessions as well as during class. A working knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is highly recommended. Each student should also have some previous programming experience (not necessarily in C). The class will be an exciting challenge for technically adept students who are looking to expand their knowledge of robotics and computer programming as well as develop their creative problem solving skills.
Computer Science: Topics in Application Development
This class is an in-depth study of Java as a development language for the modern Internet. Students learn the basics of Java syntax and object-oriented programming, and also go into topics such as the design of graphical user interfaces, working with network communication, and creating multithreaded applications. The class introduces data structures and algorithms and teaches students to think logically about computers and also develop their own ideas.
AP Computer Science
This class introduces students to the foundations of computers and the specifics of programming languages through extensive work with the Java programming language. A good background in algebra and the willingness to spend considerable time outside of the classroom working on code are the major requirements. Major topics introduced through coding activities and assignments include discrete mathematics (boolean logic and the finite representation of numbers), data structures and algorithms, and object-oriented programming design concepts: abstraction, inheritance, and polymorphism. Through this study of foundational topics and their hands-on applications, students will develop full proficiency in reading and writing Java code.
A traditional college level statistics course for students who would like to take a second math course as their elective. This course is equivalent to a one semester introductory non-calculus based college course in statistics. The broad themes of this course are exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns and statistical inference. A one-year course in Statistics is often a required course for many college degrees, including social sciences, health sciences and business. It was also recently added as a requirement for all pre-med students. This course requires good reading comprehension skills due to a significant weekly reading load along with a solid foundation in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. Placement in this course is subject to departmental approval.
Merging Halachic Judaism with Modern Life
Students will learn Hilchot Shabbat including the laws of boneh, gerama and other talmudic concepts.
Students will explore the halachic implications and how they manifest in modern life. Students will be exposed to the Zomet Institute with its current research, innovations and discussions that led to high tech developments. Technological advancement is viewed from a religious perspective of partnering with Hashem.
All students will be required to work in groups, research and come up with a written proposal of a relevant project within the framework. Students will be required to build a working prototype in the lab and will have access to engineers at Zomet to consult on their projects.
Jerusalem Science Competition
The Jerusalem Science Competition is an international science competition for high school students. The Walder Science Center in Chicago, whose mission it is to enhance science education for Jewish students worldwide, coordinates the program, which is sponsored by Integrated DNA Technologies and The Jerusalem College of Technology. Students explore an advanced science topic, submit examinations on the material and prepare a researched presentation on current developments in the field and their intersections with Jewish life. This year’s course of study will be “The Science and Technology of Light – Optics”.
Students participate in the contest via a series of online lectures in both science and its relationship with Judaic topics, directed study, school-proctored examinations, and their final presentations. Contestants will also have access to an invitation-only blog, through which they will be able to communicate with their fellow participants in a forum-type atmosphere.