The STREAM program at HCPA engages students with the College Board recognized Project Lead the Way Engineering (PLTW) curriculum. The Academy prepares students for success in a range of careers related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  In addition to STREAM-infused curriculum where students utilize current engineering software and design processes, students will complete honors-level and Advanced Placement Math and Science courses. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Technology Student Association (TSA) conferences and competitions as well as other interscholastic events. The STREAM program includes each of the courses listed below.

Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) 

Grade:  9                   5 Credits

This course is designed for the student who may be interested in pursuing Engineering in a college or technical school. The student will have hands-on computer assignments that include the types of technical drawings done by engineers. Students are taught both command line and icon entry methods.  The course includes single view, multi-view drawing, sectional, and auxiliary views.  Students will be introduced to pictorial views through ISO and Oblique views.

Grade:  10                    5 Credits

Introduction to Engineering

Engineers make a world of difference!  Students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems.  They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. Are you ready to design the future?

Engineering Design and Development (2021-2022)

Grade: 11                    5 Credits

The knowledge and skills students acquire in Intro to Engineering come together in Engineering Design and Development as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

Principles of Engineering (2022-2023)

Grade:  12                    5 Credits

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

STREAM - Facts & Data

  • The number of STEM occupations in the U.S. will grow by 8.9% between 2014 & 2024
  • In New Jersey there are 1.4 open jobs in STREAM for every unemployed person
  • 20% of U.S. jobs require a high level of knowledge in a STREAM field.
  • Between 2018 and 2027 the number of STREAM jobs will grow 9% in New Jersey- with positions in computing, engineering, nad advanced manufacturing leading the way.
  • Out of 100 STEM occupations, 93% of them had wages above the national average. STREAM workers earn about 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts.
  • According to ACT data, not enough U.S. students are equipped for STREAM opportunities-now or in the future.


NJ STEM Pathways Network, National Skills Coalition,, Smithsonian Science Education Center