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High School

According to the California Department of Education, STEM education in the high school in California:

  • Provides a challenging and rigorous program of study focusing on the application of STEM subjects
  • Offers courses and pathways for preparation in STEM fields and occupations
  • Provides opportunities for student exploration of STEM related fields and careers, especially for underrepresented populations
  • Prepares students for successful post-secondary employment, education, or both

Orange County Highlights
In Orange County middle school students are being exposed to a number of STEM related learning.

Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies (AISS)
Science@OC partner (High School College Readiness STEM Program)

The AISS College Readiness STEM Program is set-up to guide a selective group of low-income, high achieving math and science high school students in gaining the tools, skills and education necessary to apply and be accepted into a quality college or university. Over a two-year period, students are exposed to business and educational STEM professionals who share their personal, educational and professional paths with the students.

OCSTEM CTE Community Collaborative Project – Pilot Projects

Animation/Biology Project - Students learn to create animations and apply the principles of animation through the visual electronic art form of 2D animation. All projects include art and science standards. Meets UC fine art elective requirement. Collaboration with Cypress High School, Cypress College, science/biology teachers, ACME Animation projects, and district business teachers.

Engineering and Manufacturing Academy - Collaboration with Esperanza High School, Fullerton College, and California State University Fullerton
This pilot utilizes a multiple pathway model. All students take Principals of Engineering and Manufacturing then choose a UC/CSU approved Engineering Pathway with new articulation agreement with CSUF Engineering Department, or they can choose the Industry and Certificate Pathway with advanced manufacturing applications that articulate with Fullerton College. The Technology Center provides hands on experiences for all pathway students utilizing the most advanced technology and machinery available in industry.