FocusQuest

FocusQuest Courses and Workshops for High Schools & Middle Schools

Welcome to FocusQuest’s diverse and comprehensive range of courses tailored for Middle School and High School students. Our thoughtfully curated selection of customized courses encompasses crucial areas like Student Success and College Preparedness, Technology, Finance and more. We understand that equipping students for life beyond secondary school – be it college or career, demands a multifaceted approach. That is why FocusQuest is dedicated to empowering students with essential skills and knowledge they need to navigate the complexities of the modern world with confidence and excellence. Explore our courses and equip your students for a successful future as together, we shape tomorrow’s leaders and achievers through comprehensive, forward-looking education.

FQ Student Success Series
Critical Thinking and Student Success
Middle School - High School
Description

This series consists of eight sessions specifically designed to equip students with the tools they need to be successful as they navigate their academic journey. The development of critical thinking skills has been adopted universally as an important goal in education. Therefore, each uniquely crafted session is a combination of student success components and foundational critical thinking.

Duration
  • Delivery: Hybrid (2 weeks in-person and 6 weeks virtual)
  • Frequency: 8 weeks - 1 sessions per week
  • Duration: 50-60 minutes per week
Target Audience

Middle School - High School

Content
  • Week 1: The Art of Thought: Igniting Student Success Through Critical Thinking
    (Subject: Foundational Critical Thinking).
  • Week 2: Unveiling You: Unlocking Your Student Superpowers for Success
    (Subject: Discovering Yourself as a Student).
  • Week 3: Time Mastery: Unleashing Your Productivity Potential
    (Subject: Time Management).
  • Week 4: From Cramming to Commanding: Mastering Study Skills and Nailing the Test Part 1.
    (Subject: Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies).
  • Week 5: From Cramming to Commanding: Mastering Study Skills and Nailing the Test Part 2.
    (Subject: Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies).
  • Week 6: Navigating Voices: Unleashing the Power of Effective Communication.
    (Subject: Communication).
  • Week 7: Knowledge in Motion: Mastering the Art of Knowledge Transference.
    (Subject: Knowledge Transference).
  • Week 8: Beyond the Surface: The Practical Application of Critical Thinking Skills.
    (Subject: Applied Critical Thinking Practice)
FQ Technology Series
Introduction to Coding using Scratch – Part 1
Middle School
Description

The Introduction to Coding using Scratch Workshop is a comprehensive and interactive program designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of coding through the Scratch platform.

Over the two-part series, participants will gain hands-on experience with Scratch, learning coding concepts and developing their own interactive projects.

The workshop begins with an introduction to Scratch, providing an overview of its features and capabilities. Participants will learn coding concepts such as algorithms, sequences, loops, and conditionals, which form the foundation of programming. They will explore the Scratch interface and its key components, gaining familiarity with the platform.

Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in various hands-on activities and projects. They will learn to work with sprites, including adding, editing, and customizing characters. They will explore the library of sprite options and create their own custom sprites. Participants will create animations using motion blocks and effects to bring their sprites to life.

The workshop covers event-driven programming, where participants will learn how to use events and user input to create interactive projects. They will gain an understanding of variables and their role in programming, exploring different data types, and manipulating data using variable blocks. Participants will develop projects that utilize variables for scorekeeping or dynamic behavior.

Duration
  • Delivery: Virtual
  • Frequency: 3 weeks
  • Duration: 120-minute per week
Target Audience

Ages 11 to 13

Content
  • Week 1: Introduction to Scratch and Coding Concepts.
  • Week 2: Sprites, Backdrops, and Animations.
  • Week 3: Events and Interactivity.
Introduction to Coding using Scratch – Part 2
Middle School
Description

Part 2 focuses on sound and music in programming. Participants will learn to add sound effects and background music to their projects, exploring the sound library in Scratch. They will gain the ability to control sound playback and volume, enhancing the user experience of their projects.

The Introduction to Coding using Scratch Workshop provides an engaging and interactive learning experience, combining theoretical knowledge with hands-on activities. Participants will develop a strong foundation in coding concepts while unleashing their creativity to design their own interactive projects. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the skills and confidence to continue exploring coding and programming beyond Scratch.

Duration
  • Delivery: Virtual
  • Frequency: 3 weeks
  • Duration: 120-minute per week
Target Audience

Ages 11 to 13

Content
  • Week 4: Variables and Data Handling.
  • Week 5: Control Flow and Conditionals.
  • Week 6: Events and Interactivity.
Introduction to Robotic Process Automation
High School
Description

The Introduction to Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Workshop is a dynamic program that introduces youth to the world of RPA. In four weeks, participants explore RPA fundamentals, real-world applications, and potential career opportunities.

The workshop begins with a comprehensive understanding of RPA and how it automates repetitive tasks, revolutionizing business processes. Participants learn about RPA implementation in various industries, along with its benefits and challenges.

The program showcases popular RPA platforms like UiPath and Automation Anywhere, providing hands-on experience with installation and exploration. Participants gain an understanding of the features and capabilities of these software solutions.

Participants then learn to create RPA bots, understanding their structure and components. Through practical exercises, they design and develop basic automation workflows. The workshop also covers data manipulation and extraction techniques for valuable insights from structured and unstructured data.

The Introduction to RPA workshop offers an interactive learning experience, combining theory, hands-on exercises, case studies, and discussions. By the end of the program, participants have a solid foundation in RPA, practical skills in automation workflow development, and a clear understanding of career opportunities in this field.

Duration
  • Delivery: Virtual
  • Frequency: 4 weeks
  • Duration: 120-minute per week
Target Audience

Ages 16+

Content
  • Week 1: Introduction to Robotic Process Automation and its applications.
  • Week 2: Robotic Process Automation Tools and Technologies.
  • Week 3: Building Robotic Process Automation Bots.
  • Week 4: Robotic Process Automation in the Future and Career Opportunities.
FQ Personal Finance
Building a Strong Financial Future – Part 1

Middle School

Description

This financial literacy course introduces middle school students to essential concepts and skills for responsibly managing money. Through engaging activities, interactive discussions, and real-life examples, students will develop a strong foundation in personal finance, enabling them to make informed decisions and develop healthy financial habits as they grow into young adults.

Duration
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Frequency: 4 weeks
  • Duration: 60 minutes per week
Target Audience

Middle School

Content
  • Week 1: Introduction to Personal Finance
  • Week 2: Needs vs. Wants
  • Week 3
  • Week 4The Power of Saving
Building a Strong Financial Future – Part 2
Middle School
Description

This financial literacy course introduces middle school students to essential concepts and skills for responsibly managing money. Through engaging activities, interactive discussions, and real-life examples, students will develop a strong foundation in personal finance, enabling them to make informed decisions and develop healthy financial habits as they grow into young adults.

Duration
  • Delivery: In-person
  • Frequency: 4 weeks
  • Duration: 60 minutes per week
Target Audience

Middle School

Content

Prerequisite: Personal Finance: Building a Strong Financial Future - Part 1

  • Week 1: Methods of Payment
  • Week 2: Earning Money
  • Week 3: Introduction to Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Week 4: Responsible Use of Credit