STEM at the Hill Campus

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Students build robots during the Robotics unit of STEM Exploration at CHS.

Columbia Middle School’s Hill Campus offers a comprehensive program that introduces students to the fundamentals of applied engineering. Through a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), students can explore a range of topics from computer animation to robotics, energy and biotechnology. In addition to learning essential lab safety protocols, students also gain a solid foundation in problem-solving, team building and communication skills.

As part of the program, students at Columbia Middle School collaborate with The Edible Classroom to build a garden, a hands-on opportunity to learn about planting, growing and harvesting throughout the year.

At Columbia High School’s Hill Campus, the STEM Exploration course provides ninth-grade students with a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the world of applied engineering. The course focuses on four core areas: material processing, communication robotics, and biotechnology. With high demand for these skills in today’s job market, the course offers a hands-on experience that emphasizes innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in each area:
• Material processing: Students develop their measurement skills while using a range of tools to create wood and metal projects.
• Communications: Students participate in CAD (Computer Assisted Design) and graphic design, creating print screen T-shirts and using the 3D printer.
• Robotics: Students learn about coding and build robots.
• Biotechnology: Students study streams and learn about fertilizing plants in the greenhouse on the Hill, with a focus on how it affects our community’s environment.