School of STEM
The School of STEM at Stranahan High School inspires students who have an interest and understanding in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields.
The new face of STEM requires verbal and written communication skills in addition to an in-depth grasp of complex mathematics and scientific concepts. Student curiosity and collaboration are challenged through project-based learning along with lessons that drive the curriculum. These assignments are designed to engage students by using teamwork, problem-solving, and the day-to-day practice of the scientific method.
Stranahan High School students follow a college-preparatory curriculum beginning in Grade 9 and are encouraged to enroll in as many Honors (H), Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses as possible during their high school career. Our curriculum is strongly grounded in mathematics and the physical sciences which lead to students earning industry certifications and college credit for advanced studies while in high school. Emphasis will also be placed upon the humanities and social sciences to help develop judgment and curiosity among students.
Students in the Broward County Public School District living SOUTH of Sunrise Boulevard may apply for this program. Participating students enter the program as freshmen and a limited number may enter as sophomores.
Stranahan High School's NAF Academy of Engineering has been designated a DISTINGUISHED ACADEMY
The Science & Pre-Engineering Magnet Program at Stranahan High School includes an introduction and conscientious exploration in the wide ranges of the traditional engineering fields as well as the emerging disciplines in the social, physical, and biological sciences.
Stranahan High School has adopted the nationally and internationally renowned Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. PLTW's hands-on, activity, project-problem-based comprehensive curriculum is aligned with relevant national standards. PLTW's programs emphasize critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem-solving. The program sets the highest standards for rigorous, focused, and engaging study, developing students' innovative, collaborative, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. To learn more about Project Lead the Way, visit their website at www.PLTW.org.
YEAR 1 - INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.
YEAR 2 - PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem-solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
YEAR 3 - STUDENT CHOICE
From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.
CIVIL ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software.
YEAR 4 - ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design and Development as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.
Electives correlate to identified pathways. Pursuing electives outside of your pathway depends on availability and instructor discretion (please see instructor for prerequisite details). Students must be a member of their magnet program's career and technical student organization (CTSO) and will be encouraged to participate in CTSO events.
Magnet Distinction Requirements
Students earning magnet distinction will have completed 3 pathway courses, earned one or more industry certifications, acquired at least 100 service hours (60 of which related to their program of study known as magnet service hours), completed their summer internship* (summer of junior year), completed and successfully presented senior year project, and maintained academic performance and course requirements consistent with magnet standards for their program of study.Students must meet all required program components for magnet distinction. If you have additional questions please contact your magnet coordinator.