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STEM at HAFTR is the perfect mix meeting of innovation, social learning, technology education, and good old fashioned hard work. A visit to our STEM lab would show students developing new surgical tools, creating custom animated videos, structuring catapults from a variety of materials, and always connecting the hands-on learning back to the core content. Our STEM program is carefully crafted to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, so that we can both educate them and interest them as future professionals. By providing our highly engaging experiential STEM learning, we are giving students a chance to internalize skills they will need to success in our increasingly technological workforce.


At HAFTR, we pride ourselves on providing our students with a scaffolded technology education, so students can grow in their coding and programming skills. Students in HAFTR middle school will learn both block-based and language-based programming, physical computing through raspberry pi, website design, a host of assorted video and video-editing tools, 3-D design, and google suite. These skills are seamlessly integrated with our science curriculum to allow students the opportunity to practically apply the new information in a hands-on, project-based medium.


In the sixth grade, students focus intently on chemical and environmental engineering, working to solve real world problems involving polymerization, photosensitive chemicals, physical and chemical filtration, and environmental mishaps. Students will build upon their block based coding skills, incorporating more logic and math into their programming, and begin to learn language-based coding using graphical interfaces such as and Khan Academy.


In our seventh grade, STEM really picks up as students will focus on electrical and mechanical engineering. Here, students will use physics and math formulas to execute actual machinery that can perform at the greatest efficiency. Students advance in the tech field by integrating their electronics and coding skills to create physical coding projects. Students will use the circuit board system Raspberry Pi which allows students to become proficient in physical computing, through the programming of GPI/O pins. Students can create computer programs that control external Led lights, buzzers, and a variety of sensors to create interactive and advanced projects.

Our 8th graders are really masters of our makerspace. Successfully wielding language based coding and physical computing skills; these students tackle advanced global issues facing the medical community and create new surgical tools, prosthetics, and engage in advanced dissections and medical study. Students will take advantage of our 3-d design and printing classes as well as our state of the art laser cutter to physically create prototypes of new and innovative solutions.


The new science standards have evolved from simple content coverage to a more elaborate and wide-reaching skills and concepts alignment. The 3-dimensional angle of these new standards ensures that while students absorb contextual information in each subject area, students also practice iterative design thinking skills and process repeating patterns and focus concepts that are interwoven throughout the curriculum. STEM