STEM Academy High School Science Program
Our course work is geared toward students who are wanting to continue their study of science in the post-secondary. Students will have the opportunity to choose their focus in the fields of science, whether life science or physical science. Students who have taken our courses have reported being prepared well beyond their peers enrolled in their college course work.
For those students looking to demonstrate their knowledge outside of the classroom, it is highly encouraged that the students participate in Science & Engineering Fair. Previous STEM students have won awards at the International level of the Science & Engineering Fair.
STEM Academy High School Science Courses
Biotechnology (H8342L): This course provides an overview of biotechnology, bioengineering, and related fields. Topics include: genetics, cell structures, proteins, nucleic acids, and the impact of immunological events in biotechnology. Students further study the increasingly important agricultural, environmental, economic, and political roles of bioenergy and biomedical remediation; the roles of nanoscience and nanotechnology in biotechnology medical research; and future trends in biological science and biotechnology.
Anatomy and Physiology (H3253L): Anatomy and Physiology is a course that examines the structure and function of the parts of the human body. The STEM Academy recognizes the importance of studying the human body as it was intended to be studied. This course conducts laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving that is key for the medical field. These labs give an unique opportunity to relate course content with tangible, real world experience.
Medical Microbiology (H6758L): Medical Microbiology is a course that examines microscopic organisms and how they have the potential to alter normal human body function. The first semester of this course aims to investigate the microstructure and micro function of microbial organisms, and how to best identify and classify them. The second semester will primarily deal with human immunity, and how those same microorganisms then bypass human immunity to cause infectious diseases.
AP Physics II (H3445L): Topics that are focused on during the year are Fluids, Thermodynamics, Electricity, Electric Potential, Electric Currents, DC circuits, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Optics and Quantum and Nuclear Physics. Taking the class and passing the AP test gets you credit for the second semester college Physics. Students do labs in class for the respective topics and Build their own projects to demonstrate their understanding of the subject. Possible field trip to NASA – Houston.
Organic Chemistry (H3328L): Organic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds. STEM began offering this course after College Board redesigned their AP Chemistry course removing all organic topics. In this introduction course, students will learn the basics of bonding in organic; geometry of the molecules; how to draw and name organic molecules; basic reaction types and various laboratory techniques used in organic chemistry.
AP Biology (H3243L): This course follows the College Board Advanced Placement guidelines in preparation for the AP exam through which students may receive college credit. Concepts presented at the college level include: biochemistry; cytology; bioenergetics; genetics; evolution; ecology and animal and plant systems. Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis and the safe manipulation of advanced scientific apparatus and materials during field and laboratory investigations.
AP Chemistry (H3343L): Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP Chemistry or AP Chem) is a course and examination offered by the College Board as a part of the Advanced Placement Program. The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry. Students will further their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore new topics, topics not covered in their Pre AP Chemistry course. These include such topics as atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and equilibrium.
AP Environmental Science (H3743L): Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) is a course and examination offered by the College Board as a part of the Advanced Placement Program. The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.