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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94 Semifinalists in Intel/Regeneron Talent Search (since 2006)
2 Gold Medalists in International Physics Olympiad (since 2009)
3 National Finalists in 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search
2 National Finalists in 2017 Siemens Competition

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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.


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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