STEM Academy

  • Who should attend the STEM Academy?
    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 and continues until graduation. 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 civil engineering and architecture (CEA) courses. 
    •      During Year III, students continue their chosen pathway of 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.

    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 and Papillion La Vista South High School

    Schedule: One class period daily

    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.  For more information, click here.

    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