• What is GEARS?

    GEARS is a program designed to spark the interest of students who want to move into a career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  

     How does GEARS help students?

    • The students will earn how to develop their engineering, math, science and presentation skills
    • Students and teachers will stay together for four years and build a supportive peer and family like environment 

    By the time a GEARS student graduates they will be able to:

    • Use computers to draw in 2D and 3D
    • Create animations
    • Build small scale structures and models
    • Program basic sensors, motors, and gear systems
    • Draw circuit diagrams and calcute voltage, current, and amperage
    • Research, design and produce product prototypes of their own creations
    • Give public presentations
    • And much more!


    Classes offered:


    Introduction to Engineering Design (ID or IED)  * Fulfills Fine Art F in College A-G

    Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.

    Principles of Engineering (POE) - Honors

    Students explore a broad range of engineering topics including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then they apply what they know to take on challenges like designing a self-powered car.


    Computer Science Principles (AP - CSP)

    Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP CSP exam for college credit.

    Aerospace Engineering (AE) - Honors

    Students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover.

    Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) - Honors

    Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development, and then they apply what they know to design a commercial building.

    Digital Electronics (DE) - Honors

    Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.


    Requires successful completion of IED and POE:

    Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) - Honors

    Students discover and explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation, and then they apply what they have learned to design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems.

    Engineering Design and Development/Research (EDD or EDR) - SENIOR THESIS CLASS

    Senior students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers. 




    For more information please contact:

    Beth Traub Click Here to email!