Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Science-bigIf you’re eager to be at the vanguard of 21st century technology innovation and problem solving, you will find plenty to keep you captivated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Cluster.

This career cluster is organized into two career pathways:

  • Engineering and technology
  • Science and math


Engineering & Applied Math Pathway – CIP Code 14.0101

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(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course will focus on areas of physical science that apply directly to technology application and development. Topics covered include force, work, energy and power as well as mechanical advantage, efficiency, pressure and force transfer. This is a laboratory class and students are expected to apply basic mathematical principles to solve problems. This is the first course in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sequence and is designed to give students background information needed for future STEM courses such as Robotics and Emerging Technologies. Successful completion of this class will count as a physical science credit. This course is articulated through FHTC.



(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisite: Pre-Engineering or instructor permission

Students design and build robots to accomplish specific assigned tasks. Students practice programming, troubleshooting and application of engineering design principles. This course is articulated through FHTC.



(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisite: STEM Robotics or by application

This course is designed for students planning on entering college engineering or engineering technology programs. This course emphasizes long-term student designed projects approved by the instructor.



(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science) (Replaces Botany)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  OR Honors Physical Science

Courses expose students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, agriculture crops and vegetables. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils & media mixtures, soil chemistry, fertility, mineralogy, hydrology, soil conservation, irrigation, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, and weed & pest control.


(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds.


(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester physical science; weighted)

Prerequisite: Algebra I & II and Geometry

This elective course introduces students to the field of physics. Students will develop skills in problem-solving and proper use of a variety of scientific equipment. Major topics include motion, force, energy and waves.


(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra II Essentials or Algebra II

This course will acquaint students with concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Included in the course will be many activities involving hands-on gathering and analysis of real world data. This course may include such topics as data analysis involving measures of central tendency and measures of variance, probability, counting theory and regression analysis. Students use computers, the internet and graphing calculators as tools for collection and analysis of data.


(Gr 11, 12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II

Exploration into the following topics will be conducted: angles, arcs, sectors, polar coordinates, trigonometric ratios, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, triangle solutions using the Law of Sines and the Law of Cosines, areas of plane figures, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric formulas and trigonometric graphs. We will also continue the formal study of the elementary functions begun in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. Students focus on the use of technology, modeling, and problem solving. Functions studied include polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational, radical, piece-wise, and trigonometric and their inverses. Infinite sequences and series are also studied. The concept of limit is introduced. 


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit life science)

Prerequisite: Biology

In this course students study the taxonomy (classification) of the animal kingdom and the general conservation of our ecosystems through anatomy studies (dissection) of representative phyla. The course emphasizes knowledge of anatomy, proper vocabulary, the how and why of classification, and dissection techniques. Multiple texts are used.


(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course is a study of computer-aided drafting, mechanical and architectural drafting, design and problem-solving.


Machine Tool Technology trains students to program and operate computerized mills and lathes. Students will also learn computer drafting and programming with the use of Master-Cam. Projects include 1/4 scale car rims, plastic injection molds and motorcycle parts. Local companies hiring include: Vektek, Glendo, Detroit Diesel, Flatland Racing, Kansa, Advanced Mold & Tool and other companies from the surrounding areas.

Open to juniors and seniors.


The Industrial Engineering Technology program prepares students to install, service and repair equipment common to all industrial facilities. The program introduces students to electricity, HVAC, motor and programmable controls, control circuits, conveyor technology, networking and variable drives. Local companies hiring include: Camoplast, Menu, Alma Foods, Dolly Madison and Tyson.

Open to juniors and seniors.


Students in STEM classes learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Biologist or microbiologist
  • Chemist
  • Biochemist or biophysicist
  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Engineer: Aerospace, industrial, biotechnology, chemical, marine, materials, civil, petroleum
  • Engineering manager
  • Atmospheric or space scientist
  • Geoscientist or materials scientist
  • Surveying and mapping technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Architect
  • Naval architect
  • Architectural or civil drafter
  •  Materials lab and supply technician
  • Quality technician
  • Nuclear equipment operation or monitoring technicians
  • Technical writer
  • Post-secondary education vocational teacher