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STEM Academy
Who should attend the STEM Academy?
The STEM Academy is for students who enjoy solving problems, working with their hands and enjoy drawing. Students learn how science, technology, art and math are applied in engineering and architecture. 
What is the STEM Academy?
The STEM Academy is a sequence of courses that start in 9th grade, which follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. STEM Academy courses complement traditional mathematics and science courses, and are designed to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in STEM-related fields. Students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork, and communication proficiency. Students have access to 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin, and Pixar. 
What is a typical day?
This is a 4-Year academy that starts with basic and overarching concepts around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As the student progresses through each year, the content becomes more specific toward Robotics, Architecture, or Construction Engineering. 
  • Year I students enroll in Introduction to Design Engineering and Architecture (IDEA). 
  • Year II students begin a specific pathway by enrolling in Robotics and/or Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) courses.
  • Year III students continue their chosen pathway of Robotics, Engineering or Engineering & Architecture Development  (EAD). 
  • 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 STEM-related career, but 10th grade students may apply.
Location: Papillion-La Vista HS & Papillion-La Vista South HS
Prerequisites: Strong interest in STEM-related careers.
Credit Options: High school elective credit.
Cost: To Be Determined
How do I apply?
To apply for a PLSD Academy program, students must complete an online application which can be found at Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available from November 4-11. Beginning on the evening of November 4, students will need to log in to the District website and then navigate to the academy application. It will be a flyout under the maroon bar "academy programs." The application form will time out after 30 minutes. The academy questions have been provided under Academy Programs - How to Apply so students can write their essay questions ahead of time and then copy and paste into the application.

How can you learn more?
For more information please contact:
  • Guidance counselor at your high school
  • Missy Jabens at 402-537-6217 or


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