In 2016-17, a new class was created for 5th-8th grade students. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) was part of the specials rotation. In 2017-18, all students in grades K-8th took STEM 1 day a week. STEM is an elective option for 6th-8th grade this school year.
By incorporating hands on learning with basic materials, students are able to apply concepts such as structural engineering, measurement, weight/load bearing, and physics.
In 2017-18, two new science programs were introduced to middle and high school. A project based program for earth-space science and high school engineering were included in the daily schedule. This was extended in 2018-19 with life science and physical science. Each class offers more than the basic vocabulary and learning that happens in science. Engineering constructs projects using electric saws. Earth-space uses projects to understand how the class relates to real life.
HCA also offers a STEM summer camp. More information can be found in the Spring on our Facebook Page.