STEM Academy

The STEM Academy

What is a STEM student?

STEM students find solving problems, designing new things, and working with science and technology to be the most interesting parts of the school day. Some STEM students want to be teachers, engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, physical therapists, or technicians. Many want to work in construction, weld, operate equipment or simply "figure out how things work." What else do STEM students love to do? Learn, discover, and SO MUCH MORE.

What is the STEM Academy?

The STEM Academy is students who have come together for enrichment opportunities such as field trips, clubs, interesting courses, and college dual enrollment credits. STEM meet to enjoy listening to speakers and doing fun activities. With the help of the STEM teachers, students stay on track academically and are helped with college/career planning.

Why join the STEM Academy?

Fun and learning! Getting involved is the best way to be successful. Also, your participation is recorded on your transcript and you will be recognized at graduation.

If you join the STEM Academy, you will ...

• Be part of a small learning community with other students with similar interests and goals

• Be invited to hear knowledgeable guest speakers from a wide range of industries

• Take part in field trips (day trips, short local business visits, and overnight trips)

• Have opportunities to explore career planning and goal setting

• Have priority when signing up for STEM courses

• And much more ...


Our big trips for the 2018/19 school year are

• STEM Day with the Boston Red Sox and a day of visiting museums, a college visit, and more. Sign ups for this overnight trip will begin in the late fall. The trip will be in early May according to the Red Sox event schedule.

• ACA/STEM/Visual Arts trip to Europe. This trip is currently full, but at the end of the year we will start sign ups for the 2021 trip. By being a STEM member (or ACA), you get to hear about sign ups before the rest of the high school


Just some of the things we did during the 2017 /18 school year ... Speakers and Falcon Flex Block Events:

  • September 25th - First official meeting / expectations and summary of activities planned / set up email, Remind, and enriching students (room 444, otherwise go to room 380)
  • October 9th - speaker on College Planning
  • November 6th - t shirts and group photo
  • December 11th - Holiday party
  • January 22rd - US Army- TSgt Allison Comtois about STEM opportunities in military
  • February 8th Career Fair at the NCUJHS from 9:00 to 1:30
  • February 19th -Robert Wilson and how the internet was created
  • March 12th Fourth Grade STEM fair organizational/prep meeting
  • March 13 to 15 Prep days and Fourth Grade STEM Fair
  • April 9th - Dr. Donald Dahlin, on the field of dentistry and its opportunities
  • May 7th - Steve Wheeler - Speaker on starting a business and forestry management for maple production .
  • May 21st - End of year party (ice cream celebration) and complete your accountability forms


Clubs & Activities

• After school STEM club working with Newport City Elementary students (Mrs. Chitambar- in room 354)

• GALS - girls club to learn about automotive technology (Mrs. Chitambar, room 356)

• Small Engine Club - no experience needed (Mrs. Chitambar, room 356)

• Bridge Building Club - learn about forces and structures (Mr. Converse -room 429)

• 3D Printing Club - learn about 3D modeling and creating (Mr. Converse -room 429)

• Discovery Lab - make cool things while learning (Mr. Converse and Mr Ross, starting in October)

• Robotics - Build and program a robot, part of Engineering II (Mr. Shaffer - please see him if you are interested and not part of the Engineering 11 class, room 229)


Dual Enrollment Courses·

• Probability and Statistics - Statistics course through Vermont Technical College (VTC)

• AP Statistics - Statistics course through Vermont Technical College (VTC)

• AP Chemistry - Chemistry course through Vermont Technical College (VTC)

• Senior English Seminar (STEM & ACA combined) - Community College of Vermont (CCV)

  • And many more dual enrollment opportunities through our Career Center Programs!


Field Trips/ Enrichment Opportunities

• September 20th - UVM College and Career Fair

• October 6th - Stowe Arts and Crafts fair (with ACA)

• October 9th - Vermont Board of Nursing Visit (Health Science 2 classes)

• October 11th -North Country College and Career Fair

• November 3rd - ASVAB test in room 380 of Career Center

• November 17th & 18th -Skills USA Clothing Drop & Swap at the Elks Club in Derby (community service)

• November 9th (this date is tentative) - Visit to Vermont National Air Guard at Burlington Air National Guard Base (with preference to Transportation Science Technology, Mechatronics, and Health Sciences)

• November 17th - Clark Museum and Mass MoCA museum (with ACA)

• November 21st - Tom Durivage - speaker on NASA design team (Block 2M or 3M in room 229)

• December 1st -"Try a Major Day" at the Williston VTC campus (space limited, preference to Health Sciences)

• December 2 (Saturday) -Robotics competition #1 (Shaffer will bring teams)

• December 4 to 8th - Hour of Code (at NCUHS with computer teacher John Wagner)

• December 12th - The Maple Guild large-scale maple sugaring operation located at Sweet Tree Lane in Island Pond

• December TBA -The Fall Leadership Conference (Career Center students only)

• January 19th - Montreal STEM Day Trip - Auto Show, Laser Tag/Behind the Scenes, Escape Room

• February (several dates) - Robotics competition

• February 20th - North Country Engineering manufacturer of precision machined parts and assemblies. Located in Derby

• February 3rd - Montreal Museum with ACA and Concordia University BFA program tour.

• March 15th -Fourth Grade STEM Day- area elementary schools will explore STEM activities with the help of our STEM Academy students. (MANDATORY EVENT - All STEM students will participate)

• March 20&21st - Health Sciences trip to Boston

• March 16th - Skit Night @7PM - help support the trip to Europe and have fun at the same time.

• March 23rd - Popsicle bridge students compete at VTC hnp://www.vtc.edu/bridge-building-competition

• April 5th & 6th - Skills USA competition

• April 12th to 15th - ACA/STEM/Visual Arts trip to New York City

• April 4th - Lyndon State College Fair

• May 4th -"Try a Major Day" at the Randolph VTC campus (space is limited, preference to Health Careers)


• September 20th - UVM College and Career Fair

• October 6th - Stowe Arts and Crafts fair (with ACA)

• October 9th - Vermont Board of Nursing Visit (Health Science 2 classes)

• October 11th -North Country College and Career Fair

• November 3rd - ASVAB test in room 380 of Career Center

• November 17th & 18th -Skills USA Clothing Drop & Swap at the Elks Club in Derby (community service)

• November 9th (this date is tentative) - Visit to Vermont National Air Guard at Burlington Air National Guard Base (with preference to Transportation Science Technology, Mechatronics, and Health Sciences)

• November 17th - Clark Museum and Mass MoCA museum (with ACA)

• November 21st - Tom Durivage - speaker on NASA design team (Block 2M or 3M in room 229)

• December 1st -"Try a Major Day" at the Williston VTC campus (space limited, preference to Health Sciences)

• December 2 (Saturday) -Robotics competition #1 (Shaffer will bring teams)

• December 4 to 8th - Hour of Code (at NCUHS with computer teacher John Wagner)

• December 12th - The Maple Guild large-scale maple sugaring operation located at Sweet Tree Lane in Island Pond

• December TBA -The Fall Leadership Conference (Career Center students only)

• January 19th - Montreal STEM Day Trip - Auto Show, Laser Tag/Behind the Scenes, Escape Room

• February (several dates) - Robotics competition

• February 20th - North Country Engineering manufacturer of precision machined parts and assemblies. Located in Derby

• February 3rd - Montreal Museum with ACA and Concordia University BFA program tour.

• March 15th -Fourth Grade STEM Day- area elementary schools will explore STEM activities with the help of our STEM Academy students. (MANDATORY EVENT - All STEM students will participate)

• March 20&21st - Health Sciences trip to Boston

• March 16th - Skit Night @7PM - help support the trip to Europe and have fun at the same time.

• March 23rd - Popsicle bridge students compete at VTC hnp://www.vtc.edu/bridge-building-competition

• April 5th & 6th - Skills USA competition

• April 12th to 15th - ACA/STEM/Visual Arts trip to New York City

• April 4th - Lyndon State College Fair

• May 4th -"Try a Major Day" at the Randolph VTC campus (space is limited, preference to Health Careers)


Summer Opportunities:

  • GOVERNORS INSTITUTE OF VERMONT, TECH SAVVY GIRLS at the NCCC, ROSIE'S GIRLS STEM LEADERSHIP CAMP ... Contact Genevieve Hamby at Genevieve.hambv@ncsuvt.org for more information.