STEM Concentration

In support of the School's Mission Statement, Tampa Prep offers an interdisciplinary STEM Concentration for rising 10th grade students who relish the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This concentration requires students to select classes from a body of relevant coursework that lies at the heart of the interdisciplinary focus. In addition, students are asked to participate in one of several extracurricular activities that complement the program. Participants must also attend a manageable selection of related events. The underlying goal is to equip graduating students with a range of experiences that prepare them for further opportunities in these fields, while also completing Tampa Prep’s graduation requirements. Students who successfully complete all requirements for a Concentration will be recognized at graduation.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND CURRICULUM CRITERIA: STEM

1. Application and acceptance into the STEM Concentration
2. Completion of the core curriculum
3. Regular participation in an approved activity
4. Must attend all scheduled on-campus events and one off-campus event each semester
5. Completion and presentation of an approved culminating research project
6. Undertake a STEM-oriented Senior Internship
7. Maintain a minimum overall unweighted 3.0 GPA in STEM courses
8. All exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the STEM Committee


1. Application

  • Rising 10th grade students must submit an application to the STEM Committee, stating their desire to participate in the Concentration and agreeing to the terms of the program
  • Applicants must at least be entering into Advanced Algebra 2 in 10th grade
  • Applicants must have demonstrated a high level of success and responsibility in prior math and science classes

2. Participating students must complete the following core curriculum by graduation:

  • Math
    • Algebra 1
    • Geometry
    • Advanced Algebra 2
    • Advanced Precalculus
    • Calculus or AP Calculus AB
  • Science (at least four credits)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry or AP Chemistry
    • Physics, Advanced Physics or AP Physics
    • At least one AP science course
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Introduction to Engineering Design
    • Principles of Engineering
    • Aerospace Engineering OR Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Art
    • At least one half-credit Visual Arts course

3. Students must be a regular, yearly participant in ONE of the following activities:

  • Electronics Club
  • Environment Club
  • Math Club/ Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Science Honor Society
  • Robotics Club
  • Science Olympiad

4. Students must attend all scheduled on-campus STEM events and at least one off-campus event each semester

  • There will be a variety of offerings each semester
  • After each event students must submit an artifact from the event (if off-campus) and a written reflection of the event to the STEM Committee

5. Students must complete a culminating STEM Research Project as part of the Engineering Design and Development course

  • Students must present their research in a public forum

6. Students must pursue a STEM-oriented Senior Internship

7. Maintain a minimum overall unweighted 3.0 GPA in STEM courses

Application Process

DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS
(17-18 Program) May 1, 2017

Candidates for the STEM Program are required to:
  1. Receive permission from Mr. KK Quah (kkquah@tampaprep.org) to enroll in the Intro to Engineering Design course.
  2. Read the Program overview and curriculum criteria.
  3. Complete the STEM Application form.
  4. Submit one recommendation from a Math or Science teacher. Please direct references to the STEM Recommendation form.

Please direct any questions about these requirements to Ms. Suzanne Morrow at smorrow@tampaprep.org or 813.251.8481 x4026.