Established in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), The Michael T. Strianese ’74 STEM Program draws students from all five boroughs to Xaverian. The program fosters a learning environment of hands-on discovery and innovation and provides excellent preparation for a growing number of Clipper graduates who go on to study medicine, computer science, engineering, and other STEM fields at top colleges and universities.
The Michael T. Strianese ’74 STEM Program at Xaverian offers its Genesis middle school students introductory STEM classes through its Gateway to Technology curriculum and its high school students the opportunity to select a sequence of courses in either computer, engineering, or biomedical sciences.

What is STEM?

STEM education programs are project and problem-based learning through hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, and build to solve problems while being exposed to the industries where these skill sets are most needed.  

STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. Our next generation of leaders -- the students of today -- must develop the critical reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.

As part of our commitment to fully preparing our students for success in the global economy, Xaverian has partnered with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.  

In the next decade, America is going to experience a shortage of qualified engineers, scientists, and math-based professionals. Xaverian, through the PLTW program, is going to better equip our graduates to meet the changing landscape of the jobs market.

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  • Gateway to Technology Foundation Units

    Automation and Robotics (AR)
    Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

    Design and Modeling (DM)
    In this unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions
  • Computer Science Program

    The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pathway to Computer Science is a sequence of courses that follow a hands-on, real-world solving approach to learning. Students delve into app development, web design, programming, and ethical issues pertaining to the use of internet and social media. They understand the role of computer programming in the fields of engineering, bioinformatics, medicine, and other allied health professions. 
  • Pathway to Engineering | High School Engineering Program

    The PLTW Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program is a sequence of courses which follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Throughout PTE, students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. They discover the answers to questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products? Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel and Lockheed Martin. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics, and space life sciences. Students apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics.  They design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project. It’s STEM education, and it’s at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.
  • Biomedical Science

    The rigorous and relevant four-course PLTW Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.
    • Kelly Baker '22

      Kelly's Journey Through The STEM Program


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