STEM Academy

The U.S. will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018; yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, only 16% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM. Our economy and national security is depending on more STEM graduates. Professionals in STEM fields report both high earnings and high satisfaction in their careers. Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School is positioned both geographically and scholastically to be a leader in STEM education. Our mission is to IGNITE, EXCITE, and PREPARE our finest math, science, and technology students for STEM majors in our nation’s top universities.

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  • INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

    At the core of Faith Lutheran’s STEM Academy is the Internship Program. We are partnered with UNLV, UNR, Nevada Energy, local engineering firms, tech companies, and medical facilities that provide our students with hands-on experience and research in their chosen field.
  • OPPORTUNITIES

    Current course offerings in Math and Science are supplemented with STEM course offerings in the Engineering, Biomedical, and Computer Science fields. The STEM program includes field trips, guest speakers, authentic workforce research, product development, and student presentations.
  • ENDORSEMENT

    Faith Lutheran High School offers a STEM Endorsement that is added to a student’s transcript upon completion. This STEM Endorsement will announce to universities that the student has accomplished a well-rounded, rigorous program in the areas of math and science. Additionally, this STEM Endorsement will indicate that the student has become proficient in a collaborative scientific environment and has accomplished significant research in science, technology, engineering or math fields.

STEM News

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  • BIOENGINEERING TEAM PLACES 2ND AT UC BERKELEY

    • Cassie Bishop, Kimberly Chan, Jia Chen, Tyler Christiansen, Emma Mallas
  • FAITH LUTHERAN TEAM 6891J HEADS TO 2017 VEX WORLDS

  • HIGH SCHOOL CYBERPATRIOT PLACES 35TH OUT OF 2,217 TEAMS AT NATIONALS

    • Kyle Avery, Donald Sea, Brock Enos, Bryce Raymond, Thorne Wolfenbarger, Donovan Evangelio
  • INAUGURAL MIDDLE SCHOOL CYBERPATRIOT TEAM PLACED FIRST IN STATE AND 14TH NATIONALLY

    • Owen Thompson, Colin Saumure, Scott Rueben, Carson Abbott, Luke Rendel, JD Clark
  • RESEARCH GREENHOUSE OPENING EARLY 2018

  • THREE HIGH SCHOOL & THREE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS HEAD TO 2017 VEX ROBOTICS NATIONALS

    • 4th Place - Alex Triantaphyllou, Aiden Pearson, Aaron Razeggi, Aaron Ventimiglia
Over 60% of Faith Lutheran graduates with career 4.0 declare a STEM major.

Internship Sponsors

Requirements & Coursework

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  • COMPUTER SCIENCE STEM STUDENTS

    Invitations are sent out each year in January for freshmen and sophomores to apply who have maintained the following requirements for their first semester grades:
    • Computer Science Teacher Recommendation
    • 3.75 weighted GPA.
    While in the program, these students will complete a rigorous curriculum including a total of ten or more Math, Science, and Computer Science courses while:
    • Achieving 80% or higher in all STEM coursework
    • Maintaining a 3.75 weighted GPA
  • ENGINEERING, BIOMEDICAL, ARCHITECTURE & GENERAL STEM STUDENTS

    Invitations are sent out each year in January for freshmen and sophomores to apply who have maintained the following requirements for their first semester grades:
    • 90% or above in an Honors Math/Science Course
    • 95% or above in a regular Math/Science Course
    • 4.0 weighted GPA
    While in the program, these students will complete a rigorous curriculum including a total of ten or more Honors and AP Math and Science courses while:
    • Achieving 80% or higher in all STEM coursework
    • Maintaining a 4.0 weighted GPA


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  • ENGINEERING STRAND

    In addition to completing research or an internship in the engineering field, in the Engineering - Honors course, students will explore the world of robotics, one of the fastest growing technologies in our society. Students will gain skills and knowledge in mechanics, structure assembly, software programming, sensor electronics, motors, and gear ratios. Work in this class will develop skills related to Faith Lutheran’s participation in a nationally recognized robotics competition in March. Upon completion of the robotics competition, students will explore topics ranging from rocketry to ballistics to civil engineering.
  • BIOMEDICAL STRAND

    In addition to completing research or an internship in the biomedical field, students will complete the Molecular Genetics - Honors course, which serves as an extension of advanced Biology courses, aimed to teach Genetics and Molecular Biology in greater depth. This course will engage top biology students in lab-based collaborative work with state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. Students develop skills leading to their participation in the Bio Engineering High School (BioEHS) competition held annually at UC Berkeley. Research topics include DNA structure and modification, PCR and its applications, proteins and protein gels, cloning and explorer series, RNAi interference, and independent projects.
  • ARCHITECTURE STRAND

    In addition to completing an internship in the architecture field, in the Architecture - Honors course, students will learn the principles and elements of design. Students will gain skills and knowledge in sketching and hand-rendering techniques, computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM), the concept and construction of buildings as well as their impact on the natural environment. Work in this class will develop skills related to Faith Lutheran’s participation in an AIA design competition.
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE STRAND

    In addition to completing a computing internship, students will become proficient on programming in Java, Xcode and Swift, using algorithms, data structures, design strategies, and algorithms to solve problems and create meaningful computational artifacts. Students will be prepared for future work with programming as applied to cybersecurity, counterterrorism, social networks, healthcare, marketing and economics. Throughout their coursework, students will participate in competitions and produce authentic products, such as developing apps or producing websites.
  • GENERAL STEM ENDORSEMENT

    The General STEM Endorsement is designed for students interested in a blend of different STEM fields. Students are able to take advanced courses in biology, chemistry and physics. In addition to completing research or an internship in a STEM field of their interest, students will complete the Molecular Genetics -Honors, Engineering - Honors, or STEM Research - Honors course.