Crystal Academy of Science and Engineering
"Where Imagination and Reality Merge"
Applying for the Academy
Students at Crystal Academy of Science and Engineering will sign the following magnet school contracts:
- Uniform Dress Code
Students will attend specialized magnet infused courses separately housed on Crystal Lake Middle School’s campus.
Students will have highly qualified teachers that are trained specifically for our magnet focus.
Students will have the opportunity to follow a science or engineering academic path.
Students graduating from Crystal Academy will be prepared for the following high school programs:
- Project Lead the Way
- International Baccalaureate
- Informational Technology
For on-line application to the academy or for more information, please visit the Office of Magnet, Choice & Charter Schools on the district website.
Our emphasis on core curriculum at Crystal Academy of Science and Engineering enables students to meet and exceed state and national standards while providing students with a fundamental education in the following subject areas:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Foreign Language
- Spanish I and II
- Chinese I and II
Required Science and Engineering Electives
Students will decide a path in science or engineering. They may choose from the following electives:
- Marine Science
- Robotics – Project Lead the Way
- Information Technology
- Video Production
- Physical Education
CRYSTAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EVENTS
7th Grade Project Lead the Way Energy Expo and C.A.S.E. Showcase Night
The Energy Expo and C.A.S.E. Academy Showcase Night was held on May 20th,
2014. 5th graders, as well as,
current C.A.S.E. and CLMS students were in attendance to view projects completed this
year during our inter-disciplinary units.
Student displays included an informational display board and a model depicting one of six different renewable energy sources: Wind, Solar, Biomass, Hydropower, Geothermal, and Hydrogen. A Geothermal energy project that was a crowd favorite and received honorable mention was created by
Gabriella Thomas and Jordan Doss (pictured above).
It was a great turn-out to see the exciting curriculum going on at C.A.S.E.!
C.A.S.E. Academy's 8th Grade Trip to Disney's Epcot a Great STEM Experience
Our C.A.S.E. Academy 8th graders had a great time at Epcot on Friday, May 9th, 2014! Students saw how Disney scientists maintain the environment and inhabitants of the 5.7 million gallon aquarium at the center of The Seas with Nemo & Friends. They learned all about the education and training required for professional careers in the marine sciences while getting an up-close look into the responsibilities of studying and caring for aquatic animals. Students completed their experience by discovering the many unique opportunities available to them, such as the professional internship program at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.
Students Study Wind Turbine at CLMS
CASE students are participating in a wind/solar energy lab through their Social Studies class thanks to a grant that Social Studies teacher, Scott Frakes, applied for and won.
The wind turbine shows our students the different types of alternative energy options that are available today thanks to many new technological innovations. The wind turbine is “live” and students experience how wind energy can be collected, stored and used in today’s world.
Students also have access to solar panels and participate in activities/demonstrations that show how collecting energy from our sun is becoming a leading alternative energy source.
C.A.S.E. Academy's 'Exploration Day' On-Campus Field Trip
During the third quarter, CASE academy students participated in a STEM hands-on unit that encompassed the theme of exploration. On Friday, May 3, 2013 those students did not attend their regular classes. Instead, they had the opportunity to participate in an on-campus field trip entitled Exploration Day!
Again this year, Sun N Fun partnered with our school and brought in many hands-on and real world STEM activities for our students that involve the theme of exploration. Students were placed in groups and traveled around to different classrooms throughout the day, as well as, to Crystal Lake to learn about exploration from their teachers and volunteers from Sun N Fun. They participated in some of the following activities: core drilling at Crystal Lake, flight simulators, building airplanes, engineering stream tables, pollution and the environment, riding a hovercraft, and building and launching rockets! These are only a few of the exciting activities that our students participated in. It was a great Field Trip Day enjoyed by all! Thank you, CASE faculty and staff, for a job well done! And, a very special thanks goes out to Sun N Fun for once again providing our students with an exciting learning experience they won't soon forget!
STEM NIGHT Brings Reality to Life!
Crystal Lake Middle School and Crystal Academy of Science and Engineering
held their annual STEM NIGHT on Dec. 13th, 2012. Excitement filled
the air as both parents and students went from STEM activity to STEM
activity. Teacher activities focused on the use of Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as a way to prepare students for
future careers showing how knowledge gained in the classroom can be used
once their schooling is complete.
STEM Night activities included:
• Energy Expo
• Engineers R’ Us!
• Let it Snow!
• Understand the Slime and in Math You’ll Do Fine
• Why “Matter” Matters!
• History of Wind Power
• Consumable Car Contest
• What’s in the Water?
• Up, Up, and Away
• I Believe I Can Fly!
• Go Green!
C.A.S.E. Hurricane Preparedness Day
On May 21, 2012, the students of Crystal Academy participated in a Hurricane Preparation Day, as an on-campus field trip, to serve as a culminating activity for their 4th quarter unit on Weather and Climate. The students had the privilege to be educated from many prominent speakers from our community. The day began with Congressman Dennis Ross addressing the students about government’s role in hurricane preparedness and recovery. He also encouraged students to prepare for not just extreme weather, but also their future through goal setting. Then students rotated around eight different classrooms where they heard from guest speakers including: ABC Domes, Lakeland Electric, Kennedy Space Center, Channel 8 News, American Red Cross, First Responders, and Lakeland Ledger. In the final room, students worked to build hurricane kits to distribute to the community as a service learning project. Finally, students created a family plan for their own family for the upcoming hurricane season. It was a wonderful day in which our community took a part in educating our students about their role in preparing themselves and the community for the upcoming hurricane season.