(Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)

How do you know if STEM is for you?  You should enjoy working with your hands and seeing a project through from design to completion.  Do you like to construct new things?  Do you want to investigate how and why things work?  Do you want to understand the theories behind them?  Whatever your choice, construction, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, mechanics . . . you will work on real world projects like robotics, video production, car design and repair, and space and rocketry.  Even the reading and writing you do will be practical.  The deeper you go into any specialty, the more math and science you will need.  Your advisor will share the 4-year plan with you.  We are the academy that "gets it done."

STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), offers students a three-year concentration on science, math, and engineering principles.  Making frequent use of technology, students apply their STEM knowledge to real problems in business and industry.


Within STEM classes, students gain skills necessary for the workplace and higher education.  Through grades 10, 11, & 12, their curriculum integrates academics with career/technical studies, makes use of hands-on instructional activities, and provides workplace experiences. 


STEM students can follow one of three curricular strands.

The Engineering strand provides a professional or technical focus as students take math, science and English along with Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses:  Introduction to Engineering Design, Principals of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Biotechnical Engineering.

The Technology strand is for students with construction, communication, manufacturing, transportation or auto service aspirations.  Their required math, science, and English classes are supplemented with technology electives at OVHS or Hoosier Hills Career Center.

The Math & Science strand introduces students to a future as chemists, physicists, mathematicians, actuaries, or statisticians in industry while directing them to the highest level math and science courses.


Business and industry partners assist STEM students and teachers by:

•  suggesting realistic problems or community issues to engage students in investigating, 

   designing, and problem solving.

•  extending workplace-learning opportunities to our senior interns.

•  suggesting  improvements to STEM requirements and course offerings.

•  alerting the STEM team about their employee hard skill and soft skill needs.

Business and industry partners in the STEM consortium include Boston Scientific, the Cook Group, and trade associations.


Representatives from Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana State University, Purdue University, Indiana University, and Hoosier Hills Career Center also contribute to STEM's consortium.  Higher ed. partners invite our students’ investigations of future career options and offer them several opportunities to gain college credits while still in high school.  Through Ivy Tech, OVHS students can gain 29 college credits before leaving high school.  Indiana University’s ACP program enables students to take seven dual-credit courses.  Purdue facilitates the training of our Project Lead the Way instructors. 


STEM teacher-advisors assist their small academy group in the scheduling process, monitor their students’ grades, and motivate them to excel.  In addition to planning an implementing integrated projects, STEM time is used to explore career opportunities and higher ed. offerings through tours and guest speakers. 


STEM faculty includes Tina Hayden, PLTW and technology; Sue Cull, English;  Doug Jones, physics and math;  Renny Mauder, English; Evan McKalip, English and Social Studies;  Kelly Mosier, Spanish;  and Tom Telgemeyer, technology.