Highland View Academy

Hagerstown | MD
STEM Program
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; but it is more than an acronym.  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.

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

STEM CURRICULUM
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 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 also have to write a 250-word essay as to why they would like to be in the program.  
 
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.
 

 
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