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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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.
- AP Environmental Science
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Research Methods
- Advanced Research
- Computer Science
- More than 10 advanced topics in computer science
- Algebra & Trigonometry
- Precalculus and Calculus
- Discrete Mathematics
- Several advanced topics in math
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.
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.