Utica Center for Math Science and Technology
14201 Canal Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Attendance line: 586.797.6899
Welcome to the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science & Technology (UCMST), a unique educational experience for advanced and talented students of the Utica Community Schools.
The mission of the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology is to provide talented students an opportunity to excel in an environment rich in integrated studies and advanced placement topics.
The Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology is designed to bring advanced students with special talents and interests together with leading-edge technology. The Center utilizes an advanced curriculum for grades 9-12 which serves to inspire, challenge, and prepare students to pursue careers in mathematics and science. The Center follows the Utica tradition of providing the finest instruction and innovation. Eighth grade students who have a strong interest in mathematics and science are encouraged to participate in the selection process. Students are selected based on their academic record and performance on tests of aptitude and achievement.
Students are transported to the Center for a three-period block of classes and additional course work is taken at their home schools.
UCMST - Curriculum
The Utica Center Advantage
The special feature of the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science & Technology (UCMST) is an integrated curriculum that encourages innovation, research, and independent student-generated study. Technology is an integral component throughout the program.
Chemistry is an integrated laboratory-based course investigating the chemical concepts of atomic and molecular structure, and properties of matter and stoichiometry as they relate to inorganic and organic chemistry.
Biochemistry and Foundations of Research is the application of advanced chemical concepts as they relate to biological themes. The curriculum integrates organic chemistry with human physiology, genetic engineering and microtechniques. Experimental data is evaluated and presented using methods consistent with science professionals.
Advanced Biology is the investigation of various living systems. Ecological systems are explored by involving students in research based activities. Organismal cellular processes such as mitosis, meiosis, energetics, and genetics are approached from a molecular perspective.
Physics is explored using an intensive laboratory and problem solving approach. Emphasis is placed on designing experiments. Topics include kinematics, wave theory, electricity and magnetism.
Advanced Placement Science topics are offered in physics, chemistry and biology. These courses are offered as preparation for the Advanced Placement Examinations, but provide an excellent, exciting opportunity for mastery and in-depth coverage of interesting science topics even if students do not choose to take the AP exam. Seniors elect two of the three subject areas. Integrated within each of these topic areas are opportunities for independent senior research projects.
Advanced Algebra/Geometry is designed to integrate topics of geometry and advanced algebra. Units of study include solving equations and inequalities, functions, mathematical modeling, matrices, geometrical relationships, transformational geometry, and probability.
Analysis is designed to develop understanding of advanced mathematical topics such as trigonometry, analytical geometry, polynomial and rational functions, and polar equations.
Foundations of Calculus is designed to provide theoretical foundations for the study of higher mathematics and computer science. Students study theory of functions, limits, and differential calculus. In addition, some topics of discrete mathematics are studied.
Statistics/Computer Science is designed to develop understanding of data analysis, and to provide an introduction to computer programming (C++ syntax). Using scientific data, emphasis is placed on the applications of statistics and computer science, students apply the fundamentals of object-oriented programming to problem solving.
Advanced Computer Science is designed to provide advanced training in computer science using the C++ or Java languages. Topics of study included fundamental and advanced algorithms, data structures and data manipulation, discrete mathematics, linked lists, stacks and recursion.
UCMST - More About Us
- Early acceleration in mathematics and science courses
- Internship opportunity for career exploration
- Extensive use of current technology in problem solving
- Dynamic classroom setting with flexible time periods
- Advanced Placement examinations in upper-level courses
- Interaction between highly motivated math-science students and staff
- Encouragement to go beyond the limits of traditional course work
- Directed research opportunity for upper classmen
- College and career advising provided in addition to home school counseling services
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