The faculty of AHA believes that four years of core-course study in science, mathematics and technology, that incorporates the principles of engineering, is the best preparation to enter prestigious college and university programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students in all AHA mathematics and science courses achieve the essential elements of a STEM program.
The STEM Diploma recognizes those students who have dedicated themselves to mastery of this rigorous course of study and who can demonstrate and apply 21st Century Skills in Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration in the curricular and co-curricular areas.
Science: By completing four years of core science courses, inclusive of biology, chemistry, and physics, students will be prepared to enter an advanced college science program.
Technology: By completing courses in fine and practical arts and computer science, students will develop a deeper understanding of computer systems and be able to use and apply computer software skills in CAD, Word, and Excel and be able to use industrial equipment to design and build 3-D objects, model buildings, or robots.
Engineering: By learning and applying the Engineering Design Process in mathematics and science courses, students will be able to identify a problem, create a solution, and test it.
Mathematics: By completing four years of core mathematics courses, including Advanced Pre-calculus, Pre-calculus, Calculus or AP Calculus, students will be able to enter Calculus I or Calculus II in first-year college programs.
Four years of science including one AP science course (AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics I, or AP Physics II) with a minimum grade of C.
Completion of at least two trimesters from any of the following technology courses with a minimum grade of C:
Four years of mathematics including the completion of Pre-Calculus or Advanced Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, with a minimum grade of C.
It is important that all STEM students be able to communicate their experiences to others.
Using and exploring creativity is essential. For related coursework, try: Introduction to Drawing, AP Studio Art, Anatomy & Physiology, Engineering Technology in Science, Public Speaking & Presentation Styles, Moral Philosophy, Music, Starlight Productions- Set Design, Speech Team.