What & How VIDA Teaches
>We are standards-based and aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) & Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
>We are rigorous - this does not mean more work, but rather having students go more in-depth. Middle School is a vital time in the development of students and we push students to persevere and to not give up.
>We are interdisciplinary - what a student is learning in one class should connect to what he or she is learning in his or her other classes. Through collaboration and detailed planning, teachers work hard to connect thematic units across subject areas.
>We are inquiry-based - students are first problem-finders and through their investigation, research, and exploration, they become solution-designers. Associated with the concept of Project Based Learning, teachers expertly craft Design Challenges to motivate and engage students in learning.
>We apply the Design Thinking process, or aspects of the process to many assignments and/or projects (Discover the Problem, Empathy for Needs, Define your Focus, Ideate/Brainstorm Creative Solutions, Prototype by Creating the Solution, Test the Solution and Repeat as Needed).
>We offer the full "Project Lead the Way" Gateway program. Project Lead the Way is the premier Science, Technology & Engineering curriculum in the nation. Project Lead the Way was developed in conjunction with universities to provide engaging, inquiry based, and highly-rigorous opportunities for students. The program is delivered to students through their core science classes and through Design Lab (Seminar Class) selections. Project Lead the Way is also used at Mission Vista High School, a school the VIDA students are given priority admission to attend. Learn more about Project Lead the Way HERE.
Project Lead the Way
VIDA has fully adopted the "Project Lead the Way" Gateway program. The Gateway program provides multiple units that are incorporated in different ways into the student experience and learning. These are the ways that students have exposure to the PLTW Gateway program at VIDA. Please note that some of the paths are integrated into the Science Curriculum, and some are option that students can select into.
6th Grade (Integrated into Curriculum):
Design & Modeling
Automation & Robotics (VEX Robotics)
7th Grade (Integrated into Curriculum):
Energy & the Environment
8th Grade (Integrated into Curriculum):
Magic of Electrons
Science of Technology (2016-17)
VIDA Seminar Classes (Design Labs) - Semester Long Electives
Computer Science (1 & 2)
Flight & Space (currently Flight & Rocketry 1 & 2)