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STEM Academy

Pathway Description

CIP Code: 140101
Located at our Arthur R. Sypek Center
Principal Jared Warren

Program of Studies

School Profile

Gifted and Talented

Science and engineering occupations lead to economic competitiveness in an increasingly globalized world. For any 21st-century economy to prosper, it is essential to maintain a science and engineering workforce of sufficient size and quality. These professionals are also crucial for addressing imminent challenges such as international security, global climate change, and domestic and global health. Of the top 10 highest-paying college majors, seven of them are in engineering.

Our Engineering program engages students in open-ended problem-solving, where they learn to apply the engineering design process to solve real-world problems that make the world a better place through innovation. Students will utilize the same industry-leading technology and software present in some of the world’s top companies. They will be immersed in design as they investigate topics such as sustainability, forces, structures, circuit design, manufacturing, and the environment. This pathway includes a rigorous series of courses designed by Project Lead The Way (a nonprofit STEM education program taught across the U.S. and endorsed by the nationally recognized College Board).  The courses include Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Digital  Electronics, and Aerospace Engineering. All STEM Academy students join their respective Career Technical Student Organization, TSA - Technology Student Association, and are continually challenged as they compete in local, regional, and state-level competitions such as Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS), TSA VEX Robotics Competition, and LEAP (Leadership. Education.  Achievement.  Personal Growth).

All of these exposures provide our students with the opportunity to learn about various engineering disciplines before beginning postsecondary education or careers. In year one (1), students will begin their journey through the Project Lead The Way curriculum and have the opportunity to earn their Autodesk Fusion 360 Certified User certification.  In year two (2), students earn their OSHA 10 certification.  Students who successfully complete MCTS’s Engineering pathway will also earn dual credits as part of our dual credit arrangement with Mercer County Community College.  Students have additional articulated credit opportunities through the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  

Industry Valued Credentials & Certifications

  • OSHA 10 certification
  • Autodesk Fusion 360

Dual Enrollment & Articulation Agreements

  • Mercer County Community College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

Academy Information

All Academy Seniors will attend MCCC after 9:20 am. A bus will be provided or students can provide their own transportation. Students will enroll in MCCC courses that will follow our Program of Studies. All students are considered college students and will need to abide by all MCCC policies, procedures, & regulations.

Course Sequence

Course Descriptions

  • Students have the opportunity to earn up to sixty (60) credits at Mercer County Community College, per the requirements in the articulation agreement. 
  • Bolded courses provide opportunity for students to earn dual enrollment credit on MCTS campus. 
  • All post-secondary agreements are reviewed annually. 
  • *All courses may be subject to change*

Board Approved - 03/19/2024