R-MA Middle School students have a well-rounded variety of electives from which to choose, some of which may be taken at the high school level when appropriate. In addition to the world language offerings that all eighth graders are encouraged to take, and the visual & performing arts electives, the following elective courses are also available:
This course teaches students core computer programming logic and reasoning skills using a robotic engineering context tailored to bring the magic of robotics competition into the classroom. In the first semester, students will focus on using EV3 robots to prepare for the First LEGO Competition. Additionally, this course aims to teach students the programming and computational concepts using block-based and text-based programming. Coding infuses computational thinking that uses problem solving, communication, and personal expression to solve problems. Students will have opportunities to use 3D printers, OZOBOTS, drones, and much more.
Introduction to Japanese Language, History, and Culture
Anime and sushi- two things most associated with Japan, but there is more to this island nation. Throughout the year, students will be introduced to the Japanese language by learning pronunciation, vocabulary words, simple sentence structures, and how to write in hiragana, katakana, romanji, and kanji. In addition to learning Japanese, students will also learn about Japanese history Prehistoric Japan to the Showa Period. From food, Harajuku fashion, ryokans, and a sampling of anime, students will also be exposed to Japanese culture that makes Japan so unique.