The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative (T-STEM) is a public-private initiative of academies, professional development centers, and networks designed to improve the instruction and academic performance in science-and mathematics-related subjects at secondary schools.
Harmony has been part of T-STEM since the beginning of the initiative. In fact, there are currently only 77 schools statewide for the 2013-14 school year that are designated as T-STEM academies, and 24 of them are Harmony campuses.
Under T-STEM, Harmony schools have received funding from public and private institutions including the Texas Education Agency, Gates Foundation, and Dell Foundation.
Harmony Project-Based Learning (PBL) Connection
Harmony T-STEM schools utilize project-based learning as part of the science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum. The Harmony approach is to maintain the focus on standards-based and student-centered teaching while enriching and extending the learning of students through PBL projects. The goal is to promote not only collaborative skills and student ownership of learning but also to promote student success in state and national standards. More information can be found at http://pbl.harmonytx.org/.
Harmony Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Connection
Eight Harmony T-STEM schools use Project Lead the Way (PLTW) as part of the curriculum. The Gateway to Technology program is offered in our middle schools and Pathway to Engineering is available in our high schools.
Students are able to partake in these PLTW classes:
Pathway To Engineering | High School Engineering Program
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
Biomedical Sciences | High School Biomedical Sciences Program Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
Human Body Systems (HBS)
Medical Interventions (MI)
Biomedical Innovation (BI)
A Leader in Robotics
Harmony leads the way in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics, First Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics. The vision of our robotics program is: "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
Many Harmony students have competed in local, national and international competitions with their robotics projects.
Harmony Public Schools collaborates with NASA and University of Houston in organizing Robotics competitions for grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. More information regarding EARLY Robotics tournaments can be found at http://www.harmonyearly.org/.
Center For STEM Education Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education was established in Fall 2013 to promote and support quality STEM education in Harmony Public Schools. The mission of the Center for STEM Education is to coordinate and/or contribute to the development, implementation, and management of STEM programs aligned with the mission of the Harmony Public Schools. More information can be found at http://stem.harmonytx.org/.