STEAM Program


See the HTM Gateway to Technology Class at the Sweetwater Solar Sprint Contest at MOM on 11-19-16!

CTE Students Take a Field Trip To Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab!

By the end of the school year, students in STEAM 7th & 8th Graders will…

  • Have students develop a digital portfolio in Google Sites as a means of communicating their successes and reflect upon what they can improve on.
  • Experience common classroom management practices as it applies to developing into a well-rounded, empathetic citizens, and gain personal responsibility.
  • Seek to provide a challenging interdisciplinary learning environment which maximizes individual potential and ensures students are well-equipped to meet the challenges in the 21st century.
  • Students will use the design process (LAUNCH) as a problem-solving method across curriculum.


Mary Minaudo

Jennifer Young

Career Technical Education is starting to expand into Hilltop Middle School. We are introducing students to careers that are on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Middle school is a time of exploration, a time when students are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow.


Career in Transition-During this transitional time in students lives, we want to spark an interest and guide students through a wheel of different classes that paths career possibilities students can look forward to in high school and beyond. Students will through project based learning investigate the fields of Engineering, Multi Media Design, Construction Trades and Computer Science and the connection they have to one another.


Engineering (Project Lead the Way)– Students will learn to tackle pressing challenges by designing solutions for real world problems. Students will question and learn how to problem solve by working through the thought process of an engineer. Using engineering software, students can create 3D models they can test and evaluate their creations. Students will then learn how things work and apply what they know to address challenges, questions like, “When am I ever going to use this?” By challenging themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Gateway students learn that both failed attempts and persistence are key to learning and innovation.


For program information or to sign up please contact our counseling center (619)-498-2720


Hilltop Middle CTE Information Video

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