STEM Education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that incorporates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to real world problems utilizing problem-based learning. This approach engages and motivates students to learn, so that they will be prepared for the challenges and demands of a highly technological society.
STEM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Students will be accepted into the program if they have a B average in science and mathematics classes during the last two years of elementary school. They must also write a 250-word essay as to why they would like to be in the program.
WHY BE IN A STEM PROGRAM?
- STEM learning develops important skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, engineering design, and use of technology and digital media.
- STEM learning engages and motivates students.
- STEM prepares students for college.
- STEM skills prepare students for the changing workforce and for the best-paying jobs.
- STEM learning inspires students to be innovative problem solvers, so that they may make a difference in the global society.
BENEFITS OF BEING A STEM STUDENT AT HVA
- STEM at HVA provides students with opportunities for internships, which gives them practical experience, possibility of summer employment and pathway to future employment
- Laptop computer
- STEM field trips
- STEM-related community service and outreach opportunities
- Special classes, such as project based learning, robotics, app development, and other planned classes
- Special wifi privileges
- Networking with STEM superstars
A high school STEM Certificate will be awarded to students who have completed the following requirements:
- Enrollment in a math and science class for each of their four years in academy
- One credit of Technology or Engineering electives, such as Robotics, App Development, Gaming, CAD and 3-D printing, an A+ computer certification, Introduction to Engineering, or any pre-approved and acceptable alternative from an accredited institution
- A STEM portfolio or summer or academic year internship at a university or STEM industry
- A drawing class of 0.5 credit
- One credit of Project-Based Learning
- 3.0 cumulative GPA in STEM classes
- Completion of core requirements for an honors college prep diploma
- Twenty hours of STEM-related community service credits (which will count towards highschool community service)
STEM MISSION STATEMENT
Highland View Academy prepares our students for college and beyond by offering a well-rounded STEM program that will educate and inspire our students to be technologically literate, innovative problem-solvers, logical thinkers, and sound in mind, body, and spirit, so that they may make a difference in this global society.