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High School and Middle School Credit Classes–ACN

Free Classes for High School and College Credit–RIDE’S Advanced Course Network


The Advanced Course Network is designed to expand opportunities for RI youth. Students can choose from an array of classes in school, at colleges and community organizations. All classes are free to public school students.

Computer Science Principles-2 Sections

Two Semesters

Section 1:  Mondays  2:15pm – 6pm  @Met School, 325 Public Street, Providence, RI

Section 2:  Thursdays 2:15pm – 6pm @FabNewport 1 York Street, Newport, RI

Credits: 1 High School Credit and 8 College Credits

Instructor: Josie Michaud

AP CSP offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cyber security concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Computer Science and Statistics has developed a rigorous schedule of activities that align with the College Board’s curriculum framework for AP CSP based on their freshmen introduction to computer science. The units have been tested across a 5 school districts in Rhode Island. FabNewport will use the URI curriculum developed by Victor Fay-Wolfe. Students receive 8 credits from the University of Rhode Island for successfully completing the course.   


Prototyping 1: 3D Design and Digital Manufacturing

Two Semesters

Section 1: Tuesdays: 2:15-6 at Met School, 325 Public Street, Providence, RI

Section 2: Wednesdays: 2:15-6 at FabNewport, 1 York Street, Newport, RI

Credits: 1 High School; 1 Industry Approved Certificate as an Autodesk Certified User

Instructor: Jeff Elsbecker

This class blends technical instruction with hands on learning. Students are coached to use Fusion 360 through a combination of instructor modeling and video tutorials. Students tackle multiple guided challenges to build skills and develop personal projects. Design thinking is is taught concurrently. The hands-on challenges are designed to help students see the connection between the physical and digital worlds. We emphasize design and making as a craft requiring problem solving, patience and collaboration. Our practice is modeled after programs at the Stanford Design School.


Prototyping 2: Design Thinking Studio

Saturdays: 8:30-12  at FabNewport, 1 York Street, Newport, RI

Credits: 1 High School Credit

The curriculum for Prototyping 2 draws from multiple resources. It uses the industry standard/defining human centered design approach developed by the global design firm IDEO, as well as their design thinking toolkit, a structured curriculum for integrating design thinking into classrooms.

The class emphasizes applied design thinking: empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, testing, reflecting. Covers industrial materials and processes; Asks students to develop design thinking projects using wood, metal, and plastic; covers molding, casting, and composites; project development and management.

Wearables 1: Introduction in to Embedding Electronics and Clothing

One Semester

Tuesdays and Thursday: 3:15-5:15 at Thompson Middle School, 55 Broadway, Newport, RI

Credits: 1 High School Credit

Wearables is designed to give students exposure to one of the hottest fields going. Learn how to sew, code and control electronics to create innovative “clothing” for function and fashion. This course is coordinated with MIT and the Advanced Functional Fabrics Association of America