STEM program helps students expand academic horizons

The world today is experiencing a shortage in people working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). To help combat this, the STEM program has emerged, aiming to provide students with the tools necessary to succeed in the STEM field.

Every year the program provides a different class for students that is associated with STEM. Students in the STEM program take intro to engineering, electronics, robotics, and engineering design. They also have the option of taking Advanced robotics, advanced electronics and engineering math.

Frankie Torres, a four year STEM student and co-president of STEM club, loves that STEM is on the rise since he joined the program his freshman year because it will help students in the long run. 

"STEM allows students to experience what life will be like in the future." Torres said.

STEM will be adding more classes to the program throughout the years. It has improved since adding advanced robotics and engineering math classes. Andrew Rios, STEM club treasurer, said he has enjoyed all the classes he has taken as part of the program.

"These classes have been really helpful." Rios said. "In each class I learn a different thing, and it helps me improve. Its a really great program and I'd like to see how it evolves in the future."

Students begin STEM their freshman year and continue up until they graduate. James Williams, STEM club co-president, has participated in the program since the start. He is currently taking engineering design, digital electronics, and engineering science. He comments on the extracurricular activities included in the program.

"We do robotics competitions, soldering, green city challenges, 3-D printing, 3-D design, and the science fair." Williams said.

The program has been in existence for the past 4 years. The class of 2016 will be the first class to graduate STEM.