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Upper School STEM

Our program inspires students to explore science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on learning, preparing them for future work in STEM fields.

Upper School STEM

At Harker, we believe a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opens doors for all students to find success in college and in their future careers.

Our STEM program is hands-on, collaborative and project-based, giving our students the experience of solving real-world problems in the classroom. All of our STEM classes take place in our science and technology center, Nichols Hall, a state-of-the art, LEED-certified facility with leading-edge technology like our interactive virtual cadaver dissection table and 30-foot Foucault pendulum.

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66 Semifinalists in Intel Talent Search (since 2006)
2 Gold Medalists in International Physics Olympiad (since 2009)
3 National Finalists in 2015 Intel Science Talent Search
4 Regional Finalists in 2015 Siemens Competition

STEM

Academic Courses and Opportunities

To foster students’ exploration in STEM, we offer research coursework and competition support, academic club opportunities, open lab access and summer internship guidance. Learn more about our research program.

Academic Courses

Many of these courses have advanced and AP levels.
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology
  • Electronics
  • Evolution
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nanoscience
  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Research
  • Programming
  • Computer Science
  • More than 10 advanced topics in computer science
  • Engineering
  • Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Precalculus and Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Several advanced topics in math

STEM Extracurricular Activities

  • Chemistry Club
  • Clean Technology Club
  • Junior Engineering Technical Society
  • Math Competitions Group
  • Medical Club
  • Programming Competition Club
  • Research Club
  • Robotics
  • WiSTEM (Women in STEM)

Research Competitions and Events

  • Harker Research Symposium
  • Intel Science Talent Search
  • Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition
  • Synopsys Science and Technology Championship
  • United States Association for Young Physicists Tournament

STEM facilities and tech

State-of-the-Art Technology & Facilities

When our science and technology building, Nichols Hall, opened in 2009, it was the first LEED-Gold certified school building in Santa Clara County. Its unique design allows for seamless collaboration between faculty, and each lab is dedicated to its science discipline, allowing for ongoing research without needing to tear down and reset in order to accommodate another class. Our students regularly use such tech tools as an advanced 3-D touch interactive cadaver dissection table, 3-D printers in the math and robotics labs, a cloud chamber for physics, and high end UV-visual spectrometer, thermal camera and anti-vibration optics bench.

STEM Achievements

We design our programs and offerings at Harker to inspire students to explore their passions, develop their strengths and share their talents with their classmates, teammates and the greater community. Our students are eager to make a difference, and we celebrate all of their accomplishments.

Recent Achievements

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