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.

1015 STREAM Art

Grade:  9                   5 Credits

Prerequisite(s):  Freshman: 95+ in accelerated Math & 550+ on Math portion of HSPT exam.  Current Students: Minimum B Average in H. Geometry and teacher recommendation

This course is foundation course for students in the STREAM program. Innovation in a hallmark of success in STREAM and in art, and drives quantum advances in all fields.  Units of study in this course may include: Art Elements: Value, Shading and Chiaroscuro; Botanical Studies; The Science of Glass; The History of Painting Clay and the Science of Glazing; Color and Light; and, Animation.  This course fulfills the visual arts graduation requirement.

Grade:  10                    5 Credits

1025 Introduction to Engineering (2020-2021)

Prerequisite(s):  Minimum B Average in STREAM Art and B Average  in H. Geometry

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?

1035 Civil Engineering and Architecture (2021-2022)

Grade:  11                    5 Credits

Prerequisite(s):  Minimum B Average  in Engineering 1010 and 1020

In CEA students are introduced to important aspects of building and site design and development.  They apply Math, Science, and standard Engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architectural design software.  Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.

1045 Engineering Design and Development (2022-2023)

Grade: 12                    5 Credits

Prerequisite(s):  Minimum B Average  in Engineering 1010, 1020, and 1030

(EDD) is the capstone course in the STREAM program.  It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process.

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