Florence Nightingale Middle School

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STEM Gifted/Highly Gifted/High Ability Magnet

Our STEM Gifted Magnet is a Project Lead the Way school. Our Magnet is also led by teachers from Teach Plus, a highly selective policy and advocacy program for educators. Our school implements Linked Learning, an approach that "integrates rigorous academic courses with career tech classes from Project Lead the Way" (PLTW). 


Learning is fun through project-based robotics lessons, the utilization of technology to problem-solve collaboratively and by creating real-world experiences, as well as demonstrating the relevance of content learning in STEM careers. While students identified as Gifted, Highly Gifted or High Ability may apply, all students are able to enroll in STEM & PLTW electives. For more information regarding gifted identification, please visit the LAUSD website: http://achieve.lausd.net/gate




 Automation & Robotics
  • History, development, and influence of automation & robotics
  • Mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation & computer control systems
  • VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as robotic arms

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Design & Modeling
  • Students apply the design process to solve problems, understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives
  • Autodesk design software to create a visual image of designs and produce a portfolio to showcase innovative solutions




 Intro to Computer Science (ICS) 

  • Coding, creating apps for mobile devices 
  • Explore impact of computing in society; how it applies in various career fields

Energy & Environment 

  • Thinking toward the future; explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs
  • Investigate impact of energy on our lives and the real world
  • Design and model alternative energy sources; evaluate options for reducing energy consumption