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Health and Medicine

Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School

Medical Science

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation to begin their exploration of the medical field. After taking this course, students will use their framework of knowledge about the human body and health care to continue to build their understanding in their successive Medical Science courses.

Students will explore the following topics:

  • Human Body Orientation (Cavities, Planes, Directions)
  • Public Health and the Immune System
  • Integumentary System (a.k.a. skin!)
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Medical Insurance
  • Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Mental Health
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Reproductive System

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic anatomy / structures
  • Describe the basic functions
  • Identify and describe diseases and disorders
  • Identify and describe health careers
  • Identify and give meanings of related vocabulary words
  • Recognize and pronounce medical terminology
  • Successfully perform related laboratory procedures and investigations

For more information visit:

Health professions High School

Hiram Johnson High School Health and Medical Science Academy

Health and Medical Science Academy

Program Description:

The Health and Medical Sciences academy seeks to engage students in a college preparatory curriculum that combines university-required coursework with medical technology and health industry experiences geared to show students the many career choices before deciding which direction to go with their future education.

For more information visit:

Hiram Johnson Health and Medical Sciences Academy

Law and Public Policy

C.K. McClatchy High School – Law and Public Policy Academy

Law and Public Policy Academy

Program Description:

The LPPA provides students with a means to explore the broad range of careers within the field of law. All courses are taught through the lens of the legal system.

Students in LPPA learn from and work with many community partners in the field of law, such as McGeorge and UC Davis Schools of Law, working judges and lawyers, as well as paralegals, court reporters and legislative aides. Law and Public Policy graduates will be prepared to take leadership roles in the world of law or in other circles of influence.deciding which direction to go with their future education.

For more information visit:

CKM Law and Public Policy Academy

Hiram Johnson High School – Law Academy

Law Academy

Program Description:

The academy offers specialized courses in law enforcement, legal issues, and an introduction to the broad field of criminal justice and its many career choices. The academy also provides numerous internships, job opportunities for youth, interesting guest speakers, curriculum-related field trips, physical training, competitions, and work experience in various forms of community service.

For more information visit:

HJHS Law Academy

Luther Burbank High School – Law and Social Justice Academy

Law and Social Justice Academy

Program Description:

A social justice advocate investigates issues and poses solutions for those issues that generate social, political, economic and  educational inequities. This course is designed to provide students with skills to help them understand the importance of, and learn to question all aspects of the criminal justice system and U.S. Constitution as well as our state laws.

For more information visit:

LBHS Law and Social Justice Academy

Technology and Engineering

School of Engineering and Sciences

Robotics

Course Description:

Robotics is an opportunity for students to apply scientific knowledge with hands-on practical application. This course is designed to interest students in the field of robotics and to motivate them to pursue careers in science and engineering. Students will work in small groups to research, design and build a variety of robots.  Students may then use these robots to participate in robotic competitions.

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Sacramento New Technology High School School of Design

GeoCADD

Course Description:

GeoCADD is a combination class of Geometry (A-G) and Computer Aided Design & Drafting (using Autocad). Students participate in solving design problems using a projects based learning (PBL) approach. A sample of the projects that students have completed is the Design a skyscraper Project – where students design a high rise building and learn quadrilaterals, polygons, area, perimeter and volume as an application to building and constructing the skyscraper. The GeoCADD class is equipped with a laser engraver machine that student use to precisely cut the pieces from their AutoCAD drawing to assemble a prototype or a scale model of their project product. Other equipment that the class has is a large format plotter and 11×17 color laser printer. AutoCAD is annually renewed allowing the students to use the latest software for their projects.

Project Based Learning Examples:

  • Design a skyscraper Project – where students design a high rise building and learn quadrilaterals, polygons, area, perimeter and volume as an application to building and constructing the skyscraper.
  • Le Pont Project – Student design a draw-bridge where they use trigonometry to evaluate openings, inclination and clearances in designing the bridge.
  • iCAR project – students design a car that would be ‘what Steve Jobs would have approved’. Students use arcs as a central theme and use properties of arcs to give to manufacturers in accurately transferring concept to final product.

Work Based Learning Examples:

  • Guest Speakers are invited from architectural firms, engineering firms, or other design related companies that can serve as a judge/critique or ‘external enemy’ that provides a friendly comment or suggestion when groups present their project via Powerpoint and smartboard.

Events:

  • New Tech has a FALL DESIGN SHOWCASE and SPRING DESIGN SHOWCASE to highlight and display student work from projects. Exhibits of car designs, bridge design, building designs together with art work from other classes are displayed for public appreciation.

Hiram Johnson High School - Technology and Engineering Academy

Introduction to Engineering

Course Description:

Introduction to Engineering is a course designed to give students the foundation needed to learn about how science can be applied for the benefit of humans. The course uses hands on, activity based projects to expose students to 21st century technology skills that are commonly used in both the engineering & manufacturing industries. The emphasis of the class is placed on skill building, so students will be using and learning skills such as CAD(Computer Aided Design), CAM(Computer Aided Manufacturing) and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining. Work will be project based and will emphasize teamwork throughout. Every Friday will be a skill-building day where students are allowed to focus on a specific skill. This course along with the entire course sequence is designed to prepare students for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) related career with an emphasis on engineering.
Intro to Engineering is the entry-level course to the Technology & Engineering Design Academy, which is an Engineering Design pathway.

Project Based Learning Examples:

  • Lego Mindstorms Segway Project: Students will first design a 2 wheel vehicle from Lego Mindstorms parts using SolidWorks 3D Solid Modeling software (CAD). Students will then build their designs and program them to operate on an obstacle course.
  • Reverse-Engineering Project: Students bring in an small device from home (preferably broken), to take apart, examine and reverse-engineer to find out how it worked and why it was designed the way it was. Students will present their results to the class.
  • Bridge Design Project: Students use SolidWorks to simulate loads on a bridge they design. Information from the analysis is used to re-design the bridges optimally. Students build the new designs from balsa wood and test them to compare with their simulation results.

Work Based Learning Examples:

  • Field trips: NASA Ames Research Center, FIRST Robotics Competition, Sac State College of Engineering. 
  • Students also participate in an on-site activity where they take a full day to roleplay as Professionals in STEM fields as they work to complete design projects in teams under the tutelage of college engineering students and the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Guest speakers: UC Davis Rocketry Club, UC Davis Physics Graduate Students, Universal Technical Institute

Events:

  • UC Davis C-STEM Math, Robotics & Programming Day
  • FIRST Robotics Competition

John F. Kennedy High School - Design and Manufacturing Technology

Drafting and Architectural Design

Course Description:

The drafting technology program uses an innovative hands-on approach to acquire knowledge and develop the skills that are fundamental to the engineering and design professions. This program is currently articulated with the Engineering Design Technology Department at Sacramento City College. Through the use of realistic projects, students will construct 3D models as well as 2D and 3D drawings. They will also use design processes and drafting procedures that closely pattern those found in the industry.

For more information, visit:

www.jfkcougars.net/classroom/drafting-architectural-design/

Culinary Arts

John F. Kennedy High School - Culinary Academy

This course will provide students with opportunities to prepare for and achieve career objectives in various food service occupations. Learning experiences are designed to lead to employment within public or private enterprise or organizations related to the multifaceted food service industry. During the school year, students may as work in the industry as an intern. Upon completion of this course students will be prepared to enter the job market or to continue their training at a college or trade school.

Rosemont High School - Green Academy

Culinary Arts

Course Description:

The Culinary Arts program at Rosemont High is a two-year career pathway within the Green Academy on campus. Students learn the foundational skills required to work within a professional kitchen or commercial bakery. Year one focuses on safety and sanitation, knife skills, cooking techniques, baking techniques, and basic culinary math. Year two builds upon the year one curriculum and incorporates recipe development, menu development, and culinary calculations. Second year students are given the opportunity to develop group and independent projects related to their own personal interests in the industry. The second year course articulates American River College’s HM100. Students who complete the math curriculum, and receive and A or B in the course, are eligible to receive free college credit in the Los Rios district and will have already completed a course within the Hospitality Management program at American River College.

As part of the Green Academy, the Culinary Program maintains the perspective of using local, seasonal product when possible. Students have access to work in an agricultural area on campus as well as a rooftop-patio garden. Industry trends regarding sustainability, nature, science, and activism are integrated into the curriculum on an ongoing basis. Advisory committee members for this program include representatives from Slow Food Sacramento, Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento, and The Red Rabbit Restaurant.

To see samples of student work, read brief graduate profiles, and posts on industry trends, please visit the program’s Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/RHSCulinary

To learn more about the Green Academy at Rosemont High, please view the following pages:

rosemonths.com/academics/academies/Green/
edibleschoolyard.org/program/green-academy-rosemont-high

Design and Construction

John F. Kennedy High School - Design and Manufacturing Academy

Drafting and Architectural Design

Course Description:

The drafting technology program uses an innovative hands-on approach to acquire knowledge and develop the skills that are fundamental to the engineering and design professions. This program is currently articulated with the Engineering Design Technology Department at Sacramento City College. Through the use of realistic projects, students will construct 3D models as well as 2D and 3D drawings. They will also use design processes and drafting procedures that closely pattern those found in the industry.

For more information, visit:

www.jfkcougars.net/classroom/drafting-architectural-design/

Luther Burbank High School - Construction and Design Academy

Construction Technology

Course Description:

The Construction Technology class teaches students the basics of the industry from building design through demolition. Students will build walls, wire circuits, pour concrete, and learn how to estimate materials. Carpentry is emphasized. This class has a summer paid internship opportunity. Students who successfully complete this course can either go directly to work, enter an apprenticeship program, or study construction management or engineering in college.

This course is articulated with the Consumes River College Construction Program.

Project Based Learning Examples:

  • Shed Building
  • Play house construction
  • Rube Goldberg contraptions
  • Pumpkin Chunkin’ Catapults
  • Chicken Coops

Work Based Learning Examples:

  • Representatives from various colleges come into the classroom to talk about their building trades programs.
  • Union representatives come in and talk about various trade opportunities within the region and throughout the nation.

Events:

  • Design Build event at Consumnes River College

Business

Hiram Johnson High School

Johnson Corporate Business Academy

Johnson Corporate Business Academy provides students with business opportunities both large and small. The goal is to provide learning experiences for all students that will result in choices for continuing your education through university and beyond—while also learning the most important skills and foundations of business in preparation for a lifelong career.

Whether you consider yourself an entrepreneur who will start a business of your own, or you plan to work on a grand corporate campus like Google, Johnson Corporate Business Academy will teach you what you need to move forward. Opportunities include learning business software and preparing taxes in a Volunteer Tax Assistance Program, operating the campus store including ordering, and merchandising display and sales. Create real-life business plans, and learn about business management, product and service marketing, operations, banking, retail, and more. Work with community partners in situations that give you on-the-job training, and find out about what your customers really want. Fieldtrips include visiting the Federal Reserve in San Francisco as well as university programs that offer best business majors.

For more information, visit:

www.hiramjohnson.net/Academy-Pathways/JCBA/

American Legion High School

Computer Applications/Computer Business Technology

Course Description:

In today’s fast growing technological world, the ability to use computers is essential for success in any type of employment and higher education. Students learn the Microsoft Office Suite, concentrating on the most popular programs, Microsoft Word, Excel,  and Powerpoint. Advanced students learn Publisher, Access, and how to use the internet for constructive information. Students learn employability skills such as resume writing, interview skills, presentation, and grooming; skills that will help the student obtain employment and keep the job after they get it.

Project Based Learning Examples:

  • MLA formatted paper with a work cited page
  • Personal Business Cards
  • 6 panel folded brochure
  • A Resume
  • Crossword puzzle

Work Based Learning Examples:

  • Guest Speakers

Luther Burbank High School

Retail Sales/Entrepreneurship

Course Description:

The Retail Sales class is for students interested in working in the Retail Sales field. The focus will be on teaching the students how to succeed on the job. Every student will create a personal job portfolio, learn interviewing skills, sales techniques, workplace ethics and other skills needed to be successful in the field of Retail Sales. Students will be placed at a Retail Store for a non-paid Internship. The students can practice the skills learned in class and acquire skills and knowledge that are best developed on the job. Second semester is Entrepreneurship. Students will learn how to succeed on the job and climb the career ladder. Students will research and report to the class about an Entrepreneur in order to understand what it takes to “get there”. Students will be provided with an introduction to owning a business including learning about business plans, marketing a business, advertising and other topics. Students will update their professional job portfolio.

Work Based Learning Examples:

  • Approximately 5 weeks after students have been in class, they will be placed in an Internship (non-paid) at a Retail Store 4 days a week for 3 hours each day. Students will return to class one day a week (Mondays) for further classroom instruction.
  • Guest Speakers – Several guest speakers come to present throughout the year, but the best presentation is FIDM – Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The speaker gives an excellent presentation about the Economics of the Apparel Industry.

Law Enforcement

C.K. McClatchy High School

Criminal Justice Academy

This magnet academy includes all basic high school course requirements plus specialized training in the field of law enforcement. Students will study the basic course materials used by those in training to be police cadets. Additionally, the curriculum covers investigative procedures, forensic science, physical training and principles of the law.

The Criminal Justice Academy is offered through a partnership with the Sacramento Police Department. Students will be provided opportunities to explore the broad range of careers within the field of criminal justice during their enrollment in the program. Many students will be eligible to apply for the position of Public Service Aide with the SacPD, while continuing their education at a local college or university, possibly leading to a position as a sworn officer or full time civilian position with the City of Sacramento.

For more information, visit:


www.mcclatchyhs.net/academics/programs.htm

Luther Burbank High School

Law Enforcement: Legal Careers

Course Description:

Introduction to various positions in areas of Law Enforcement and other legal professions and support needed to maintain that office or agency. Covers criminal justice system from suspect arrest through final adjudication.

Related occupations:

  • Court Clerks
  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Computer Graphics and Visual Communications

Hiram Johnson High School - Computer Graphics

Computer Graphics

Course Description:

Computer Graphics is a course designed for students interested in the Visual Communications field. Although Beginning Art is highly recommended, there are no prerequisites for this course. This course emphasizes the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. It is designed to further develop personal expression in the visual arts through aesthetic problem solving, enhancing existing digital media skills, and the development of new computer competencies. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are main tools that are used to teach these skills. This class currently meets the F requirement for the UC/CSU system, as well as the graduation requirement for SCUSD.

Project Based Learning Example:

Me Collage – Students first learn about the origins of the collage process by viewing one of the first collage style artworks by Pablo Picasso. Culture is then discussed by viewing collages created by Romare Bearden. Students are then asked to brainstorm a list of ideas that makes them who they are; Likes, dislikes, culture, and words that describe them. The final task is to create a digital collage, in any style they choose, that visually represents who they are and the cultures they are a part of.






















Work Based Learning Example:

Different art schools are invited to give presentations to students to give them an idea of what type of schooling it takes to secure a job in the visual communications field.

Hiram Johnson High School - Visual Communications and Graphics Portfolio

Visual Communications and Graphics Portfolio

Course Description:

This course concentrates on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through digital imaging, multi-media presentations, graphic design, color theory, photography, and film editing. Although Beginning Art is highly recommended, there are no prerequisites for this course. Upon completion of this course students will prepare a digital portfolio of original artwork that can be used for securing an entry level position in the design field, for scholarship competition, or application to a post secondary institution. Adobe Photoshop is the main tool that is used to teach these skills. This class currently meets the F requirement for the UC/CSU system, as well as the graduation requirement for SCUSD.

Project Based Learning Example:

My Vacation – The my vacation project is a class favorite. Students are asked to create a poster of their dream vacation. The catch is that they have to place themselves in the photo as if they were actually there.

This project explores poster design and photo manipulation. Students are asked to brainstorm a list of places they have always wanted to visit. They then choose their favorite destination and are asked to research tourist attractions in those areas. Next, they have to find suitable photos in which to place themselves. The last step is to take green screen photographs of themselves and manipulate themselves into their chosen photograph. This project is a culmination of all the skills they have learned over the first semester.


























 

Work Based Learning Example:

Professionals in various areas of the visual communications industry visit the class to discuss with the students what they actually do on a day to day basis.

John F. Kennedy High School - Computer Graphics

Computer Graphics

Course Description:

This course is designed to develop technical skills for students interested in publishing and/or fine art.  Students utilize computer software to gain experience in desktop publishing, photo manipulation, art layout, color enhancing and multimedia technology.

For more information, visit:


www.jfkcougars.net

John F. Kennedy High School - Visual Communications and Graphics Portfolio

Visual Communications and Graphics Portfolio

Course Description:

This course provides students with the opportunity to prepare a portfolio of original artwork that will be used for securing an entry level position in the graphic design field or for scholarship and acceptance to post secondary art school.  Instruction will consist of an in depth study of advanced principles of design concepts, log design, printmaking, 3-dimensional product package design, and color theory projects.  Students will be encouraged to seek internships and obtain freelance work within the community.

For more information, visit:


www.jfkcougars.net

Sacramento New Technology High School – Visual Communications and Graphics Portfolio

Visual Communications

Course Description:

Visual Communications at New Tech involves working with project-based learning in a collaborative environment. Here you will use your understanding of art elements and design principles to solve problems, visually. This course combines projects that have real world applications along with plenty of opportunities for creative expression. Software and tools used in this class include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, DSLR cameras, HD video cameras and Wacom drawing tablets. Vis Com is designed to prepare you for a career in graphic design. There is no prerequisite for this class. This class is part of the ConnectEd Certified Linked Learning Design Pathway. Students that successfully complete all SNTHS Design Courses will receive a special certification upon graduation. Some of the projects in Vis Com include custom shoe design, photography, digital portraiture, pattern making, creative typography, logo design and poster design.

This is the second course in the Design Pathway at our New Tech. Other courses include: digital media, advanced digital media, web design, computer animation and motion graphics, digital portfolio and GEOCADD (geometry combined with CADD drafting).

Project Based Learning Examples:

  • Digital Portraiture Problem Statement: Digital portrait illustration is a commonly used technique that often appears in editorials, various forms of advertisements and magazine articles. Being able to create vector illustrations using the pen tool is a skill sought after by many companies and requires both technical skills along with the ability to translate the key details that make something identifiable. Your job is to capture the essential features within your photograph so that the illustrated version will be instantly recognizable.
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  • Visual Onomatopoeia Problem Statement: Designers often have to visually represent ideas with minimal words or none at all. Your assignment will be to create a “visual onomatopoeia” – a word that looks like its meaning. The purpose of the assignment is to use your typography skills: manipulation, emphasis, kerning, combining fonts to visually represent your word.




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Work Based Learning Examples:

Visual Communications incorporates work based learning through having members of industry evaluate projects and presentations, guest speakers that include visual artists, video game designers, graphic designers and professional photographers.

Events:

All design pathway students at New Tech participate in both a fall and spring art exhibition where their best work is publicly displayed. Contact dmeans@snths.org for more information about upcoming events, program information or to schedule a shadow day.

Sacramento New Technology High School - Digital Media

Digital Media

Course Description:

Digital Media provides training for individuals seeking an entry-level position in fields requiring computer graphic skills with in emphasis on multimedia.  Students will learn valuable skills in general illustration, digital imaging, web page design and implementation, 2D and 3D animation, and digital video editing. Students receive training with industry standard software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

For more information, visit:


schools.scusd.edu/sacnewtech

Luther Burbank High School - Digital Media

Digital Media

Course Description:

Digital Media provides training for individuals seeking an entry-level position in fields requiring computer graphic skills with in emphasis on multimedia.  Students will learn valuable skills in general illustration, digital imaging, web page design and implementation, 2D and 3D animation, and digital video editing. Students receive training with industry standard software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Rosemont High School – Digital Imaging

Digital Imaging

Course Description:

Digital Media provides training for individuals seeking an entry-level position in fields requiring computer graphic skills with in emphasis on multimedia.  Students will learn valuable skills in general illustration, digital imaging, web page design and implementation, 2D and 3D animation, and digital video editing. Students receive training with industry standard software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

For more information, visit:


rosemonths.com

School of Engineering and Sciences – Computer Assisted Design/Drafting 

CADD

Course Description:

This class combines creativity and technology to teach students about structural, mechanical, and architectural design
as well as commercial art, drafting, and computer aided manufacturing. Students enrolled in this course will complete projects using state of the art hardware and software.

For more information, visit:


www.seshs.org
 

Auto Mechanics

John F. Kennedy High School - Automotive Mechanics Tech I

Automotive Mechanics Tech I

Course Description:

Introduction to automotive service and repair, shop safety and shop operation, as well as tool safety, use and identification. The course will also cover automotive engines and basic systems: electrical, cooling, fuel, suspension and brakes.

For more information, visit:


www.jfkcougars.net
 

John F. Kennedy High School – Automotive Technology II

Automotive Technology II

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service industry. The program consists of four modules: brakes, suspension, electrical, engine performance–with each one’s topic and content based on ASE standards. With completion of Automotive Mechanic Technician I and II, the student will be prepared for an entry level position in today’s automotive service industry.

For more information, visit:


www.jfkcougars.net
 

Robotics

John F. Kennedy High School

Robotics

Course Description:

Robotics is an opportunity for students to apply scientific knowledge with hands-on practical application. This course is designed to interest students in the field of robotics and to motivate them to pursue careers in science and engineering. Students will work in small groups to research, design and build a variety of robots.  Students may then use these robots to participate in robotic competitions.

For more information, visit:


www.jfkcougars.net
 

School of Engineering and Sciences – Robotics

Robotics

Course Description:

Robotics is an opportunity for students to apply scientific knowledge with hands-on practical application. This course is designed to interest students in the field of robotics and to motivate them to pursue careers in science and engineering. Students will work in small groups to research, design and build a variety of robots.  Students may then use these robots to participate in robotic competitions.

For more information, visit:


www.seshs.org
 

School of Engineering and Sciences - Advanced Robotics

Advanced Robotics

Course Description:

Robotics is an opportunity for students to apply scientific knowledge with hands-on practical application. This course is designed to interest students in the field of robotics and to motivate them to pursue careers in science and engineering. Students will work in small groups to research, design and build a variety of robots.  Students may then use these robots to participate in robotic competitions.

For more information, visit:


www.seshs.org
 

Television

Luther Burbank High School – Television Occupations

Television Occupations

Course Description:

This course provides students with the educational background and practical experience necessary for successful employment in a variety of occupations to be found in television production, television and radio broadcasting, film production, radio production and broadcasting, audio recording, and radio and television advertising.

Students will learn skills that are essential for employment as television and/or film producers, directors, videotape operators, master control operators, videotape editors, audio engineers, TV/radio news reporters, lighting directors, camera operators, technical directors, set decorators, floor directors, and television and film talent, including acting.

Students will learn course content through a combination of classroom, single camera TV production and multiple camera TV studio production.  Students enrolled in Level I will concentrate on learning technical skills through hands-on experience with a variety of television production equipment. An additional focus of the class will be the development of an understanding of the aesthetic aspects of film and television production through a survey of the history of film/TV production. Students will develop an understanding of the role of TV/film/radio media in the political process through the use of critical thinking skills.
 

Woodworking

Luther Burbank High School - Woodworking Careers

Woodworking Careers

Course Description:

In this hands-on course, students learn blueprint reading, architectural design, wood technology, and construction skills. This includes lessons on hand and power tool safety that leads to the building of unique and interesting projects. Students who successfully complete this course will have entry-level woodworking skills.

Project Based Learning Examples:

  • Jewelery Boxes
  • Shelf Project
  • Small Cabinet

Work Based Learning Examples:

  • Representatives from various colleges come into the classroom to talk about their building trades programs.
  • Union representatives come in and talk about various trade opportunities within the region and throughout the nation.