The PCA STEM program offers co-curricular opportunities to assist in teaching students in the program including STEM competitions, STEM Honors Program, and PCA and third-party sponsored STEM-related workshops and camps.
Students get the opportunity to participate in STEM competitions to increase their overall experience and understanding of the program. In the 2017-18 school year, approximately 45 PCA Middle and Upper School students competed in Science Olympiad. PCA competed at invitational competitions at the University of Texas and Rice University prior to competing at the Regional competition in Fort Worth. Across these three competitions, PCA had top 3 finishes in 18 individual events. Both our Middle and Upper Schools advanced to the State competition at Texas A&M University in College Station in April where the top 30 schools in Texas competed.
Some of these competitions include: Math Olympics, Science Olympiad, Destination Imagination, First Lego League and others.
Students participating in the STEM Honors Program in the Upper School are involved in a unique enrichment program including guest speakers, field trips, and outside studies. STEM Honors students work on advanced STEM-related coursework consisting of interdisciplinary projects and outside study. Students are required to attend program meetings and STEM-related field trips.
Field trips included: The Perot Museum, UT Southwest Medical Center, Cisco Data Center, Intelligent Design Conference and a visit to NASA.
PCA hosts workshops and camps, such as programming and electronics workshops on Saturdays, for students interested in growing their technical skills and knowledge of their coursework.