With the growing focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a national priority, Golda Och Academy is dedicated to providing its students with the tools and foundation of a solid STEM education to succeed in these disciplines.

Emily Gutowski '11

The math and science education I received in high school prepared me to succeed as a pre-med student.

Hands-On Approach

With our hands-on approach to learning, exceptional faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, students in all grades are exposed to STEM from exploration and discovery in our science labs and outdoor gardens to creating and designing projects in our Dr Lynne B Harrison STEM Center.

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  • Facilities

    The Upper School opened a new three level, state-of-the-art Dr Lynne B Harrison STEM Center in Fall 2015. Two levels of the building are dedicated to STEM and offer space for a full competition field for the Robotics team, dedicated areas for project construction, additional 3D printers and a fully-stocked workshop with tools and instruments for students, including a laser cutter and CNC router.
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  • Lower School

    Every student has the opportunity to participate in Golda Och Academy's STEM clubs and enrichment programs, which meet during recess, lunch or after school. In the Lower School, 4th and 5th graders can join the STEM club,  which meets once a week to work on engineering projects. Club members primarily work in small groups to build, design, test and improve their solutions to a challenge.
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  • Upper School

    Our offerings at the Upper School include a Math club, Robotics team, Science Enrichment club and Excellence 2000 (E2K) program. All Upper School students can participate in the Science Enrichment club, which meets on a weekly basis and competes in the New Jersey Science Olympiad, Toshiba ExploraVision and other competitions during the year.
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  • High School STEM Program

    The High School STEM program is a three-and-a-half-year course designed for students with a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that students take in lieu of a second world language. The program uses inquiry based, project-based, hands-on learning to focus on the application of STEM to daily life, employment and the surrounding environment. Along with other STEM students from the tri-state area, our students attend a Young Engineers Conference each spring to present their Capstone projects.
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STEM Curriculum

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  • 9th Grade

    In their first year, students will cover material on systems, basic physics of electricity, simple circuits and coding methodology, in addition to learning computer-aided design for 3D printing.
  • 10th Grade

    Students study the engineering aspects of simple machines, motors and gears, and continue to build on their foundation of coding logic.
  • 11th Grade

    Students study alternative forms of energy, including solar and wind power.
  • 12th Grade

    SC710: Senior STEMinar
    In the fall semester, students use their STEM skills to address a need identified in our community, working in teams to develop, implement and pitch their solution.

    STEM-related experiences will be incorporated into the Israel program for all participating students.
  • Capstone Projects

    Working in teams of 2-3, students create a project which addresses a real-world need or problem. Students research their ideas, come up with a design proposal, build a prototype or fully functioning system, and put together a final report and presentation.


List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Nina Bilmes

    Nina Bilmes 

    Mathematics Department Chair, Upper School
    Touro College - BS
    Adelphi University - MS
  • Photo of Shira Kelmanovich

    Dr. Shira Kelmanovich 

    Director of STEM Education
    Union College - BS
    Union College - BS
    Stanford University - MS
    Stanford University - PhD
  • Photo of Paul-Michael Huseman

    Paul-Michael Huseman 

    Science Department Chair, Upper School
    Drew University - BA
    Pace University - MS

History of The Dr Lynne B Harrison STEM Center