Specialty Program Overview
The STEM program at Mackenzie is active and developing rapidly.
Our students have the option of taking the following courses:
- Infinity I & II - Infinity is a hands-on engineering program in which students learn engineering concepts while using power tools, computer-aided drafting, and 3D printing. It is project-intensive, and these students also compete in local and area STEM challenges.
- Career Explorations (PITSCO) - Students taking PITSCO work through hands-on modules to learn about careers in a variety of industries from the medical field to interior design and flight.
- Skills for Living (SFL) - SFL is a course in which students learn about career options and personal finance. They develop culinary skills, sewing skills, and may practice basic floral design. The course is heavily project-based.
- Computer Explorations - This course prepares students to move into high school with skills in word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows/presentations, and keyboarding skills. This course is also heavily project-based so that students may also develop autonomy and time/project management skills.
In addition to the coursework, Mackenzie has a very active Makerspace where students may participate in a wide variety of activities such as green screen production, 3D design and printing, many artistic or craft projects, sewing, crocheting, coding, design & building, and circuitry projects.
Mackenzie also hosts an annual Design Day, where students spend an entire day working on hands-on projects. Students learn about DNA, make solar ovens, build birdhouses, make slime, and build balloon columns plus much much more!