High School to offer STEAM classes, distance learning in the fall

The Goshen High School is moving full STEAM ahead.

In September, the high school’s new STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) Lab will be available to students for the first time, as construction at the high school is completed over the next few months. The STEAM Lab is just one of several new additions and renovations at Goshen High School as part of the district’s $30 million capital improvement project that was approved by voters in February 2018. Click here to learn more about the Capital Improvement Project.

Several new STEAM courses were developed in order to fully utilize the new learning space and will include hands-on learning in computer science, robotics, engineering, graphics and spatial skills, computer-aided design, coding and more.

“This is a very exciting time for Goshen students,” said Interim Principal Thomas Heinzelman. “STEAM-related careers are in high demand and the new STEAM Lab and its related courses will provide our students with opportunities to be competitive in this technological world.”

In addition, the high school will offer new distance and online learning courses, including business law, web design, and art history, through a partnership with Orange-Ulster BOCES and Capital Region BOCES. Distance Learning Courses allow students to interact in real-time with teachers outside Goshen High School, while students who participate in Online Learning Courses, via the Virtual High School program, are able to complete courses on a flexible schedule. Please note that enrollment for Distance Learning Courses is limited; please view course descriptions for details.

Registration for these new courses will take place over the next few weeks. There are no perquisites at this time, with the exception of Latin III (distance and online learning).

“Technology has transformed the modern workplace and classroom,” said Assistant Principal Kyle Roddey. “The high school’s new, modern learning spaces will allow our students become 21st century learners – critical thinkers who possess certain core skills, such as digital literacy and problem-solving, which will allow them to thrive in today’s world.”

The new STEAM Courses include:

  • Advanced Design Applications
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Advanced Technological Applications
  • Robotics
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles

The new Distance and Online Courses include:

  • Personal Finance
  • Business Law
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Design
  •  Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Latin III
  • Art History

Students with questions about the new courses are encouraged to visit their guidance counselor.

Course Descriptions


Advanced Design Applications

Knowledge of technology, ways of thinking and acting with technology, and technological capabilities are central tenets of this class.  Students will end the class with the knowledge needed to be a technologically literate citizen. This is a perfect intro course to students interested in technology and engineering.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

This class focuses on the study of manufacturing, planning, integration, and implementation of automation.  The course explores manufacturing history, individual processes, systems, and careers. Students will utilize computers to design various products and then use the STEAM lab’s equipment to produce these items.  Equipment used will included 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, and 3D scanners. Students interested in a future in business, engineering, or technology will benefit from this course.

Advanced Technological Applications

Students with some relevant background in technology will study the five components of the Designed World: Engineering Design, Graphics and Spatial Skills, Cybersecurity, Biotechnology, and Robotics.  This class helps students increase their biotechnological literacy and make well informed decisions about food consumption, health, and environmental conservation. Students will participate in 3D modeling, coding, and other advanced technological applications.


VEX Robotics and project based learning will allow students to walk through the process to design and build a mobile robot.  Students will learn how to code these robots and get them to accomplish various tasks. No prior robotics experience is required.

Introduction to Computer Science

This introductory course is ideal for students who have an interested in computer programming and computer science but have not had strong experience yet in the field.  In this class students will learn basics of how to code and program computers. Students will also be introduced to various computer science careers. Students will code in text-based Python.  This will prepare students for the AP Computer Science Principles class.

Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles

Students with prior computer skills will be eligible to sign up for this advanced computer science class.  This course utilizes advanced computer science techniques including coding using Scratch. The format is 20% coding and 80% computer science applications through project-based, inquiry-based, and collaborative learning.  Students must have successfully passed the Algebra I Regents in order to enroll in this course.

Distance Learning and Online Courses

Distance Learning Courses are being offered through a partnership with O-U BOCES and Capital Region BOCES. Distance learning is asynchronous; students who participate in these classes will work on computers in a classroom in Goshen High School and interact in live-time with a teacher located in the capital region. These courses will be limited in the number of seats available and the host districts give priority to their students. Students are encouraged to sign up for these courses but understand that enrollment may be subject to limitations beyond our local control. If a class fills up our students will have the opportunity to sign up for the same course via online learning (described below).

Online Learning Courses are being offered through a program called Virtual High School which is offered by OU BOCES.  These classes allow students to interact with a teacher and other students on a flexible schedule.  Students sign into classes during a set time every day but can work through courses on their own pace (finishing by the end of the semester).  A real teacher is assigned to each class, but students will not interact with this teacher in live-time. Students and families can learn more about this programming by visiting https://vhslearning.org.

Classes available through Distance and Online Learning:

  • Personal Finance
  • Business Law
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Design
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology*
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management*
  • Latin III
  • Art History

* Signifies a class that is only offered through Distance learning and enrollment not guaranteed

Personal Finance

This course is designed to introduce students how money works as well as manage their own personal finances in an efficient manner. Students will develop practical skills to manage their personal finances while applying them to real-life applications. These skills will provide students a solid foundation that will guide them in making informed decisions, promote financial independence, ensure personal security, and work towards maintaining a stable financial future.

Business Law

Designed for students who have a desire to learn more about legal issues that will affect them in the present and in the future. It will acquaint students with basic legal principles common to business and personal issues. Ethics, the origin of law, our court system structure, contracting, buying and selling, employment, organizing a business, real estate, wills, trust, and marriage and divorce will be explored. Students will leave the course with an understanding of legal issues impacting their lives in today’s world. They will leave the course with an understanding and preparedness to face future legal issues.

Computer Programming

Computers are capable of doing fantastic things, ranging from mundane calculations to exciting virtual reality. However, it is a programmer’s job to teach the computer how to do meaningful tasks. That’s where you come in. This course is an exploratory programming course that uses one of the easiest programming languages in the world today, Visual Basic. It’s a graphically-oriented language that allows for the easy construction of useful programs. Students will gradually build a vocabulary and syntax to create programs that meet specific guidelines. The logic and creativity used in solving the course problems will enlarge a student’s capacity for problem-solving in all other disciplines.  The course activities provide a great introduction to programming in general. With the support of the course instructor and the rest of the class, students will experience a non-threatening laboratory in which to experiment with their ideas

Web Design

introduces students to the raw materials of web content and the design techniques that create effective web communication and interaction. The three primary web languages, HTML, CSS, and Javascript, form the raw materials; web standards from the W3C help shape design techniques for media creation, navigation, and interactivity.  Students will create single-page and multi-page web artifacts that meet the standards of the industry. Each week, students will be introduced to a new set of language, computation, and design skills. Students will create one new web project per week to solve a particular problem using their acquired skills. They will also work in teams to create a multi-page site for a real-world client over the course of the semester. Class participation and collaboration will be emphasized so that an authentic design and development community can emerge from the class.

Latin III

students will start with an extensive review of grammar forms studied in Latin I and II. They also will review the history of Rome. In Latin III, they will read excerpts from these Latin authors: Julius Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Ovid, and Vergil. From these writings, students will analyze periods of history from the late Republic throughout the Empire. They will concurrently study more complex Latin grammatical forms.

Additional online learning classes and descriptions coming soon.