Since virtually every field—medicine, engineering, architecture, space exploration, movie-making, and education, to name a few—relies on the effective use of technology, we believe that the integration of current technology into the curriculum is vital to complete a preparatory education. To that end, the School continually invests in its technology infrastructure and library resources to keep pace with technological advancements and provide faculty and students with state-of-the-art equipment.
In addition to the integration that occurs across the curriculum, Roxbury Latin offers an AP Computer Science course to members of Class I and II. In Class VI, boys are introduced to the intricacies and opportunities of modern technology, focusing on both practical and ethical issues. A new Class III elective on technology and art examines the innovative engineering and technological practices that have led to the production over time and across cultures of extraordinary works in sculpture, print, painting, and architecture.
The School continually invests in its technology infrastructure and library resources to keep pace with technological advancements and provide faculty and students with state-of-the-art equipment.
Arts 10 Elective: Art and Technology: How Did They Do That? Ever wonder how works of art and architecture were made? What the technology of the times was that allowed a massive dome to be built without collapsing or a multi-ton block of marble to be excavated, moved and carved to smooth perfection? What about the technique behind Jackson Pollock’s (in) famous drip paintings? In this class students will study the technology behind art, examining the innovative engineering and technical practices that have led to the production over time and across cultures of extraordinary works in architecture, sculpture and painting. They will then try their own hand at creating similar works. The study of engineering and technology in the MSI course has provided Class IV boys with a solid foundation in problem-solving skills and related vocabulary which will be built upon in Art and Tech and combined with studio practice.
AP Computer Science, an elective for members of Class I and Class II, is an introductory course in computer science. Because the development of computer programs to solve problems is a skill fundamental to the study of computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs or parts of programs that correctly solve a given problem. All programs are implemented using Java as the primary language. The course also emphasizes the design issues that make programs understandable, adaptable, and, when appropriate, reusable. At the same time, the development of useful computer programs and program modules is used as a context for introducing other important concepts in computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, and the study of standard algorithms and typical applications. In addition, an understanding of the basic hardware and software components of computer systems and the responsible use of these systems are integral parts of the course. The course prepares students to take the AP Examination in Computer Science in May.