STEM Curriculum

Xaverian is proud to offer the highly acclaimed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum.  This program introduces students to medical and physical engineering programs that carry advanced credit with such colleges as Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

The Michael T. Strianese '74 STEM Program at Xaverian

In the spring of 2014, the growth of Xaverian's STEM Program was bolstered by a transformative gift of $1 million from Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Strianese '74.  Michael T. Strianese is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of L3, a global aerospace and national security company with 2013 sales of $12.6 billion that employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association and was also named to Defense News' “100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense” list. He is a proud graduate of Xaverian’s class of 1974, and credits his time at his alma mater for providing him with the educational and spiritual groundwork which has served as the bedrock of his success.  Thus, Xaverian's STEM Program which was established in 2013, is formally named the "The Michael T. Strianese '74 STEM Program at Xaverian."  Read more about this remarkable gift here

STEM education programs are project and problem based learning through hands-on classroom experiences.  Student create, design, and build to solve problems, while being exposed to the industries where these skill sets are most needed.  

As part of our commitment to fully preparing our students for success in the global economy, Xaverian has partnered with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.  Through the partnership, Xaverian offers a comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences that has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills in students.  
 
STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. Our next generation of leaders -- the students of today -- must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.

Xaverian is pleased to offer this rigorous, technologically-advanced program designed to better equip our students for tomorrow's challenges. The "Gateway to Technology" program was implemented in both the middle school and Ryken Specialized Studies programs during the 2013-14 academic year. In September 2014, Xaverian implemented a STEM course of study plan for the majority of its students. 

In the next decade, America is going to experience a shortage in qualified engineers, scientists, and math-based professionals. Xaverian, through the PLTW program, is going to better equip our graduates to meet the changing landscape of the jobs market.

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  • Gateway to Technology Foundation Units

    •Automation and Robotics (AR) ◦Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

    •Design and Modeling (DM) ◦In this unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions
  • Pathway to Engineering | High School Engineering Program

    The PLTW Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program is a sequence of courses which follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Throughout PTE, students learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. They discover the answers to questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products? Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel and Lockheed Martin. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics, and space life sciences. Students apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics.  They design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project. It’s STEM education, and it’s at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.
  • Biomedical Science

    The rigorous and relevant four-course PLTW Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.
Established in 1957, Xaverian is one of thirteen schools nationwide sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.
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