STEM Academy

Innovation through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Students in the STEM Academy at PCTI apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic principles in project and problem based learning activities. PCTI’s newly constructed state-of-the-art facility utilizes uniquely designed settings which include: common collaborative learning spaces, CTE & science laboratories, open classrooms, presentation and seminar halls and small group instruction areas. We are Passaic County’s premier career and technical education school; our instructional delivery focuses on an interdisciplinary STEM approach where all our subjects are interconnected. Collaboration is the fundamental structure of this programs design. Students will be immersed in the essentials of STEM pedagogy where they will learn about three fields of study: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Computer Science, and Engineering. Students will learn to utilize the latest scientific and technical equipment found in research labs and design facilities.

Biomedical and Life Science
Students will utilize the scientific method and research methodology in project and problem based inquiry. Students will explore the latest research driving innovation in these evolving fields of Biomechanics, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Lab and Research Science, Neuroscience, Pathology and Medicine. Students will acquire a strong scientific foundation as they pursue collaborative teamwork and independent research that fosters opportunities in a dynamic learning environment. Students will showcase their research and presentation skills in local, state and national competitions.

Computer Science
This offering focuses on students establishing a solid foundation in computer science and research. The pathway allows students to explore the following areas: Database Design, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Mobile App Development, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Gamification. Students will learn to code with a variety of programming languages. Students will explore emerging trends in CS and how it plays an integral and vital role in all aspects of STEM. Students will apply and present their research and programming skills in local, state and national competitions.

Students will survey several areas of engineering: Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Operations Research Engineering. Students will learn the Engineering Design Process and Systems Approach to solving real world problems. Students will learn to work collaboratively in problem and project based learning challenges. Students will apply their research and design skills in local, state and national competitions.

Community partnerships are a key component of our STEM Academy model. A variety of universities and STEM technology partners will be available to our students via experiences such as lectures, webinars, presentations career shadowing and internships.

The STEM Academy will develop students to become imaginative, creative, well-spoken problem solvers and researchers. Dual enrollment options and advanced placement course will be available as students’ progress through to graduation.

Career Paths

Biomedical and Life Science

  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology
  • Forensics
  • Genetics
  • Medical Professions
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Sports Physiology
  • Veterinary Medicine

Computer Science

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Programmer
  • Security Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Virtual Reality


  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Operations Research Eng.
  • Structural Engineer