STEM Academy

  • Who should attend the STEM Academy?  student working on a STEM project in class
    Do you enjoy solving problems, working with your hands or drawing? Does an engineering related career interest you?  Do you have an interest in taking a real world problem and designing a solution?  Then this academy is for you! 

    What is the STEM Academy?
    The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Academy is a sequence of courses that start in 9th grade, which follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. STEM Academy courses complement traditional mathematics and science courses, and are designed to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in engineering related fields.  Students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency. Students have access to industry standard design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. 

    What is a typical day?
    This is a four year academy.

    • During Year I, students enroll in Introduction to Design Engineering and Architecture (IDEA). 
    • During Year II, students begin a specific pathway by enrolling in robotics and/or civil engineering & architecture (CEA) courses.
    • During Year III, students continue their chosen pathway of robotics, civil engineering or engineering & architecture development (EAD). 
    • During Year IV, students collaborate with their STEM Mentor and apply past STEM learning to develop and present a solution to a real life problem.

    Logistics
    Who: Priority is given to incoming 9th grade students who are committed to pursuing a engineering related career, but entering 10th grade students may apply.
    Location: Papillion-La Vista High School & Papillion-La Vista South High School
    Prerequisites: Strong interest in engineering related careers
    Credit Options: High school elective credit
    Cost: $25 per year
    Grades: Freshman through Seniors

    How to Apply
    To apply for a PLCS academy program, students must complete an online application.  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available starting in the afternoon on November 5 and will close at midnight on November 12.

    How can you learn more?
    For more information please contact:
    Guidance counselor at your high school
    Contact the Academy Programs Office at 402-537-6217