Our Vision is to prepare our students with the 21st Century skills
necessary to meet the future demands of a globally competitive workforce
and inspire them to be problem-solvers, innovators, and inventors who
are self-reliant, able to think logically, and contribute to the
advancement of the global community through science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics.
What about the STEM program has had a positive impact on you so far? (February 2013)
"It's nice to have classes with a lot of the same people over the years
because you've known everyone for a few years now and can talk to them
because they have the same interests as you. You can ask each other for
advice and help and you're closer to people." – Stephanie Hua (12)
"I have positive experiences with several; teachers, (especially Ms.
Kleinberg), my peers have been hard working and dedicated. The STEM club
has been a fun way to learn about upcoming technology that we are going
to experience." - Alex Gibson (10)
"The field trips ate always
enjoyable and something to look forward to, but mostly I can see/meet
with other students who are interested in STEM. It's always nice to see
some of the underclassmen who know what they want to become and are
motivated by their passion for science and math." - Samantha Tisher (12)
"The teachers in STEM have made my high school experience so much
better. There is not a single STEM teacher that I don't remember. They
have all done a great job at teaching me and my peers throughout these
four years. Class is always interesting and fun." - Alejandro Lopez
"The teachers within STEM have created the largest
positive impact on me because they are there to teach and help you both
academically and personally. The STEM peer students are very active and
accepting, allowing a close knit community." - Razya Sison (10)
"All of the STEM teachers are really good. The field trip we went on
last year motivated me to stay in STEM."- Kevin Chandra (10)
STEM Program Enrichment
Participation in the STEM Program provides students strong social
support as they work alongside peers with similar goals and work with
teachers who collaborate and engage students in a caring and supportive
learning environment. STEM Student enrichment over the past academic
year has included a variety of trip opportunities and guest speakers
from JPL, Disney, and Rockedyne.
September 2012 STEM students
participated in The Viva Technology™ Student Program, designed to
empower, educate, and excite the students of the Los Angeles Area.
Students from California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Hawthorne
Mathematics and Science Academy, and Granada Hills Charter High School
were partnered with college students pursuing STEM degrees from
California State University, Los Angeles, California Polytechnic State
University, Pomona, and University of Southern California. Students
experienced a day filled with hands-on competitive and educational
exercises designed to explore math and science concepts.
February 2013 junior and senior girls were invited to attend a HerWorld
Conference which focused on women in STEM careers. Presentations
included representatives from JPL conducting a presentation on the
Curiosity Rover, healthcare careers, USC Junior Scientists, and Girls in
Tech-Los Angeles. The conference was extremely well received and was
open to all young women interested in STEM careers.
"Seeing really strong, confident and accomplished women share their
experiences and advice was something I greatly enjoyed and wish more
people could see regularly. It was a very motivational experience for
me." - Samatha Tisher, Grade 12."
STEM guest speakers
continue throughout the spring semester. February brought a "Become an
Engineer" presentation by Cyrus Ravael, PE, QSD/QSP, Project Manager for
Hill International, Inc.
Friday, March 8, Jeremy Ma, a
Carnegie Mellon graduate with a degree in "Tangible Interaction Design"
(aka Engineering) will be presenting to selected STEM classes and at
lunch in J-17.
club, a student-led group, meets weekly to discuss current issues in
the STEM fields and share their learning experiences together. Ethan
Sullivan and Lauren Kleinberg gave teacher presentations regarding our
own interests in the fields of STEM during a club meeting, and Jake
Chipps, Anton Talarico, and Zach Cook will also be lecturing this
semester. ALL students interested in STEM careers are welcome to join
and participate. Held in Room J17 at lunch.
"The actual club and what we share to each other about our interests. I
came and learned many new interesting things and wish to learn more." -
Huy Dinh (9)
"The STEM club has had a positive impact on me
because I learned so much about the new technology that is being created
to enhance our day to day lives and the effect those technologies bring
also if they can be harmful or very helpful. The many presentations the
members of the STEM club have given will surely help me in the future."
- Jomin Kappiarumalayil (9)