"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."

STEM - Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics

STEM is an approach to education where students utilize skills acquired in science and math disciplines to accomplish an engineering problem while using technology.  It is an interdisciplinary, blended, applied approach to learning.  The general structure of these courses is the acquisition of content knowledge to help solve a real-world, community driven problem following a design process.  The important thing for students to realize in these courses is the connection to the real world.  These courses are challenging and rigorous, and prepare students for post-secondary education and employment.      

Courses offered by STEM cover many different strands of design.  Ranging from robotics to mechanical power, and app design to product design; however, all Harwood students would benefit from taking a STEM course as they address many of the Harwood Proficiencies for Graduation.

All students in STEM courses will be college and career ready because they will be able to:

  • Apply a structured approach to solving problems including: defining a problem, brainstorming, researching and generating ideas, identifying criteria and constraints, exploring possibilities, making a model or prototype, evaluating the design using specifications, and communicating results.

  • Ask questions and make observations to help figure out how things work.

  • Learn that all products and systems are subject to failure and that many products and systems can be fixed.

  • Troubleshoot as a way of finding out why something does not work so that it can be fixed.

  • Analyze and break down complex systems into their component parts and explain the relationship and interdependency of the part and the system.

  • Apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to define, analyze, and solve problems

  • Apply contemporary engineering tools in the application of science, mathematics and technology to define analyze, model and prototype solutions to problems.

  • Analyze a device and explain the principles of math and science used in the design.

  • Use a logical process for inquiry, solving practical problems, critical thinking, and innovation.


Department Contacts

Zachary Clements, STEM Math Teacher
802-583-8303 - Contact

Alex Rawson, Science Teacher
802-583-8257 - Contact