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Passion
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Register for Upcoming Passion Academy Courses

Trimester 2 - November 28-February 24.

  • Passion StartUp Lab
    • Mon., Wed., Fri. 4:15-5:30pm Eastern
    • $1,000 per trimester
    • Not for credit
    • Available to all students in Grades 7-12
    • Passion StartUp Lab is an after-school program aligned with the three U.S. sports seasons, designed as an incubator and accelerator for students interested in taking their passion project ideas to the next level. Students meet as a cohort daily after school in a variety of ways – large cohort workshops, small project group gatherings, live guest lecturers, asynchronous self-paced lessons – to go from ideation to launch of real-world products or services that provide solutions to existing problems. Passion Academies will provide guidance, mentorship, networking, and lessons to help students on their entrepreneurial journey. Students do not have to be fully enrolled in the Gravitas program to participate in this program.
    • Register by November 21 here
  • Digital Marketing
    • Wed., Fri. 8:00-9:23am
    • $2,000 for two trimesters
    • 1 credit
    • Grades 9-12
    • Digital Marketing is a year-long course students can take piecemeal in three trimester-length (1/3 credit) units focused on Web Development, Design, and Internship. The course combines a high-level strategic view of digital marketing and its challenges and opportunities, with a tactical approach using exercises and projects to learn and use the tools and techniques of digital marketers. From the web to mobile, email to apps, social media, and user-generated content, the course will develop a strategic framework for planning and analyzing digital marketing strategies. Students will leave the course with a working knowledge of the tools and processes for creating, managing, and executing digital marketing plans. In the course, students are expected to work with real-world companies to research, analyze, and propose digital marketing strategies throughout the course, culminating in a presentation to the stakeholders. Furthermore, students will learn to brand and market themselves or their projects to colleges, companies, and the market, while also gaining key skills for internship opportunities. (1 credit)
    • Apply as a part-time student by November 21 here.
  • Ethics Bowl Team
    • Tues., Thurs. 3:45-4:45pm Eastern
    • $500 per student
    • Not for credit
    • Available to Grades 9-12
    • Ethics Bowl is a regional debate competition focused on contemporary ethical dilemmas. The Stony Brook School has participated in the Long Island Ethics Bowl since 2013 and has won eight awards in the competition, including four straight first-place finishes from 2018-2021. Team members will construct arguments, practice speaking, and respond to objections from their opponents and questions by a panel of adult judges. Through Gravitas's partnership with the National High School Ethics Bowl Bridge program, students from around the country can now participate on a Gravitas team or form their own school team to compete in a virtual regional bowl competition run by Gravitas. In this course, Gravitas will provide high-level philosophical and rhetorical training to prepare students for success in the virtual regional competition.
    • Register by November 21 here
  • Problem-Solving with Programming
    • Tues., Thurs. 4:15-5:30pm Eastern
    • $1,000
    • Grades 7-12; all programming skill levels welcome
    • This class combines live project-based learning with asynchronous coursework from Khan Academy and Harvard CS50. During the live class, students learn the design process and then work in groups to identify problems they can solve through programming. They first learn to empathize with people whose needs are currently unmet by existing solutions. Then they ideate possible solutions, create prototypes, test them, and continue going through the whole process until they have come up with a viable and desirable solution. As they work through that process together, on their own time, they will be learning the skills they will need to implement their solutions. Students at a variety of different programming levels can contribute to and benefit from this class.
    • Register by November 21 here

About Passion Academy Courses

Passion Academies allow students to explore, ignite, and cultivate their passions through interactive and interdisciplinary project-based courses, guest lectures from industry professionals, case studies and partnerships with real-world organizations, and research and design activities. In the program, students learn by doing. Increasingly, skills that are demanded in the digital age include creativity, empathy, critical thinking, innovation, systems analysis, technology design, leadership, social influence, and problem-solving to tackle complex problems in the world. These skills are best cultivated through problem-based learning approaches that ask students to design solutions to real-world problems.

Current and Future Passion Academy Courses

Current and Future Passion Academy
Courses

Redemptive Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Redemptive Entrepreneurship *#
  • Finance: Business Economics 
  • Finance: Investments 
  • Finance: Philanthropy
  • Sports & Entertainment Management #
  • Digital Marketing: Internship
  • Biotechnology #
Ethical Tech Academy
  • Redemptive Entrepreneurship *#
  • International Space Station Program and STEM *
  • Engineering Innovation & Design 
  • Computer Programming *
  • Blockchain 
  • Data Science & Cognitive Computing
  • Game Design #
  • Biotechnology #
  • Digital Marketing: Website Development *
  • Ethics of Technology #

 

Faith, Culture, and the Arts Academy
  • Redemptive Entrepreneurship *#
  • Graphic Design *
  • Advanced Digital Art
  • Film Studies 
  • Media & Broadcasting 
  • Sports & Entertainment Management #
  • Sustainability & Architecture
  • Game Design #
  • Ethics of Technology #
  • Digital Marketing: Design *

 

Notes

* courses will be taught in 2022-3 school year

# multiple specialization courses

Passion Academy Certificate

Full-time or part-time students can obtain the Passion Academy Certificate with a specialty designation by completing six trimesters of Passion Academy coursework, equivalent to two full-year courses and activities, at least five of which must come from one area of specialization: Redemptive Entrepreneurship, Ethical Tech, or Faith, Culture, and the Arts. Courses are offered during the academic day and as after school programming.

Passion Academy After-School Activities

Passion StartUp Lab is an after-school program designed as an incubator and accelerator for students interested in taking their passion project ideas to the next level. Students meet as a cohort that meets daily after school in a variety of ways – large cohort workshops, small project group gatherings, live guest lecturers, asynchronous self-paced lessons – to go from ideation to launch of real-world products or services that provide solutions to existing problems. Gravitas Passion Academy will provide guidance, mentorship, networking, and lessons to help students on their entrepreneurial journey. Each Passion StartUp Lab runs for a trimester, coinciding with the three sports seasons most schools follow. Students do not have to be fully enrolled in the Gravitas program to participate in this program. 

Gravitas: A Global Extension of The Stony Brook School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies, and school-administered programs.