Category Archives: High School

Hands-On Projects Make Science Class Fun

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All Hands On Deck

At SmarterSTEM we believe in project-based forms of education which connect theory to reality for students and teachers. How many fond memories do you have of textbooks, lectures and exams? It’s the team-oriented, results-driven, hands-on projects that inspire curiosity, and students agree.

“It’s the hands-on aspect I like the best,” said student Nick Clement of Tustin High School’s T-Tech engineering program which built SmarterSTEM’s Racer8 in class.  In our podcast interview he said building the go-kart in class made it “…more interesting to see how things work and how they go together.” Continue reading


NOVA Workforce Development & Independence HS Host Advanced Fuels Workshop

NOVA East Bay Union HSD Advanced Fuiels Workshop

Students learning about Electric Cars at the NOVA Workforce Development / East Side Union HSD Advanced Fuels Workshop

Students and parents visited the Advanced Fuels workshop at Independence High School. The program was hosted by NOVA Workforce Development and Independence HS. The focus of the event was to explore alternative fuels, their impact on transportation and environment and possible career pathways in the industry.

Students demonstrated their own STEM related projects, including CAD automotive modeling and custom Arduino Kits with code. Each participant had a chance to explore Independence’s electric car lab, identify components on the vehicle, work with tools and schematics and see how they work to power the vehicle.

Some lucky students even got a chance to test drive the electric car!


San Jose High School Adopts SmarterSTEM Electric Vehicle Assembly Course

  • Sorin Neagu, Automotive Technology Instructor, Independence High School, San Jose, California

Auto shop teacher Sorin Neagu caused a spectacle when he launched Independence High School’s new course.

He drove through the center of school at lunchtime in front of hundreds of students, in a shiny three-wheeled hot rod, offering rides and rewarding his best students with turns behind the wheel. What better way to recruit students to a new course in STEM education? Continue reading