STEM @ BDCS
Bishop Dunne Catholic School recognizes the importance of equipping and inspiring our students for leadership in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Our focus on STEM initiatives empowers each of our students with the skills and confidence to inspire, innovate, and contribute to the betterment of the global world.
The robotics program at Bishop Dunne educates students on a variety of levels within the discipline. Students begin with the foundations of robotics and how they are used in the modern world today, and advance to designing, testing, and refining a number of robots to ultimately understand the use of robotics in daily life.
GIS = Geographic Information Systems
GIS represent a collection of methods (usually as computer software) to collect, organize, analyze, and present spatial data. GIS technology promotes higher order thinking skills. GIS studies enable students to understand the spatial relationships found in their world.
GIS classes at Bishop Dunne have produced maps to aid the work of the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, and the Trinity Audubon Center. Click here to view the Bishop Dunne Catholic School GIS website.
The following GIS courses are offered at Bishop Dunne and are taught by Mr. Brad Baker:
Students learn the fundamentals of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or advanced computer mapping software by working directly with law enforcement. Students work hand-in-hand with the Dallas police, as well as other agencies to prepare weekly and monthly crime reports, work on search and rescue mapping cases, and generate homeland security projects. Upon the completion of this course, students will not only know about GIS, GPS, and other geospatial technologies, they will also learn what it means to directly impact their community by helping to safeguard citizens.
College GIS I and College GIS II
These advanced level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses explore mapping spatial analysis, 3D modeling, engineering trigonometry, principles of cartography (map design), global positioning systems (GPS) and raster (pixel) based analysis.
The completion of these courses awards students college credit from Brookhaven College GeoTechnology Institute. This credit can be used toward both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree at Brookhaven College and Texas A&M University College of GeoSciences.