STEM Academy

The STEM Academy is a course designed for all eighth grade students. Throughout the academic year, students engage in a series of five classes. Each class promotes the studies of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Rotation Cycle 

 Rotation 1   8/26/19   10/21/19
 Rotation 2   10/22/19   12/13/19
 Rotation 3   12/16/19   2/14/20
 Rotation 4   2/19/20   4/8/20
 Rotation 5   4/9/20   6/9/20


 Rotation1  Rotation 2  Rotation 3  Rotation 4  Rotation 5
 Del Giudice  Stanton  Stratton  Martins  Kachmar
 Kachmar  DelGiudice  Stanton  Stratton  Martins
 Martins  Kachmar  DelGiudice  Stanton  Stratton
 Stanton  Stratton  Martins  Kachmar  DelGiudice
 Stratton   Martins  Kachmar  DelGiudice  Stanton

Course Descriptions

Graphic Design with Mr. Del Giudice 

Graphic Design is a foundation course that develops a student’s ability to analyze design using basic principles and theory applicable to all forms of art.  The course is based on the application of the fundamental elements of art through the use of technology. Units of study focus on Digital Photography, Career Research and Awareness, Propaganda and Advertising, and Coding and Video Game Design.

Students are introduced to tools and techniques used in today’s communication industry.  This course lays the foundation for more advanced design courses offered at Hamden High School.

Engineering-- Transportation with Mr. Kachmar 

Engineering is a hands-on, action-based curriculum where students role play as engineers and learn by doing. The focus of the course is to demonstrate science is the search for verifiable knowledge and technology is the application of knowledge to solve problems. Like engineers, the students will predict the performance of systems and materials in a given environment. The students will use the problem solving process as the protocol to organize their effort to research, design, build, test, evaluate and modify models of some of the following: rubber band powered planes, all-terrain vehicles, truss bridges and/or CO2 powered dragsters. After analyzing the environmental variables that impact their solution, students create all of the mechanical drawings of their original prototypes using CADD and are guided safely in the technology lab where they fabricate, test and improve.

Forensic Science with Mr. Martins

Forensics is a science that involves finding clues, piecing together a puzzle, and solving the mysteries left behind at a crime scene.  In this rotation of STEM Academy, students will be introduced to the application of science to law enforcement and investigation.  Students will encompass many aspects of STEM, including biology, chemistry, material science, physics and technology.  Topics to be discussed will include chemical and physical analysis of evidence, fingerprint analysis, handwriting analysis, blood splatter, forensic photography and illustration, and the use of deductive reasoning and logic.  In addition, this portion of STEM Academy is designed to provide students with the theoretical and philosophical understanding of the investigatory process.

Everyday Math with Mr. Stanton 
In Everyday Math, students use math standards to navigate and make real-life financial decisions based on a self-created budget. Students are tasked with researching and then choosing professional careers.  Once careers are chosen, that career stays with students for the entire course and is used to make mathematical/financial decisions based on a budget that they have created by using real life salaries/pay. 

Students are tasked with creating and maintaining a budget, all while making important financial life decisions, such as choosing a job/career, locating and securing a home (renting vs. owning), furnishing that home, creating weekly/monthly food shopping budgets, and transportation selections and costs (new vs. used).  

Throughout the course, students will read, create and interpret graphs, tables and charts in order to make financially sound, real-world decisions with a specific focus on comparison shopping for vehicles.  At the end of the course, students  gain an understanding of what type of lifestyle they can expect by following their chosen career path.
Mechanical Engineering with Mr. Stratton

In Mechanical Engineering, students will learn about the knowledge and processes related to technology and engineering with an emphasis on creative thinking and problem-solving skills. We will focus on the human ability to change and shape the physical world to meet specific needs and solve technical problems. Students will complete hands-on projects manipulating tools and materials while applying scientific and mathematical principles.  Units of study include Tetrix Robots, Hydraulic Robots, Programmable Robotic, Rocketry, Electronics, Floor Plan Design, Technical Drawing (Isometric, Orthographic Projections), 3-D Modeling, and Mousetrap Car Design.

Our Team


Mr. Dean Del Giudice
Graphic Design
Phone: 203-407-7164
Room: 164
Office Hours: Mondays
Mr. Frank Kachmar
Phone: 203-407-7165
Room: 165
Office Hours:
Mr. Danny Martins 
Forensic Science
Phone: 203-407-7166
Room: 166
Office Hours: Mondays
Mr. Gary Stanton
Everyday Math
Phone: 203-407-7158
Room: 158 
Office Hours:
Mr. Damian Stratton 
Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 203-407-7167
Room: 167
Office Hours: