Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Academic Life

STEM Program

Transforming the Future

Christopher Columbus High School’s STEM Program provides hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, both inside and outside the classroom. Designed to empower students to solve real-world challenges, the program builds interest in high-demand STEM careers and prepares them for the global workforce.

The program leverages the success of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) and Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) applied learning programs. The three main elements of the program include:

  • College and career pathways that connect AP and PLTW courses
  • Recognition for students who participate in the pathways, and recognition for schools
  • A portfolio of career-focused opportunities for students

AP + PLTW: Preparing Explorers for College & Careers

To help prepare all Explorers for the global workforce, the College Board and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) have partnered on a program to encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and build their interest in STEM degrees and careers.

Pathways Offered:
  • Biomedical Science
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

Courses Offered By Pathway

Florida's Innovation Economy

STEM Committee Members:

List of 5 members.

  • Photo of Mercy Aycart

    Mrs. Mercy Aycart 

    Department Leader
    ext. 2604
  • Photo of Christine Taylor

    Ms. Christine Taylor 

  • Photo of Armando Rodriguez

    Mr. Armando Rodriguez 

    PLTW Engineering Teacher / STEM & Robotics Club Moderator
    ext. 2281
  • Photo of Wenceslao Ortega

    Mr. Wenceslao Ortega 

    ext. 2665
    CCHS Class of 1988
  • Photo of Matthew Larrubia

    Mr. Matthew Larrubia 

    Teacher/Coding, Cybersecurity & Robotics Moderator
    ext. 2697
    CCHS Class of 2011
    • Newsweek National Ranking

Societies & Programs:

  • National Math Honors Society
  • National Science Honors Society
  • STEM Innovators
    • Recognizes the Top Explorer who has excelled beyond the classroom through competitions and community outreach

STEM Recognitions:

  • Conrad Challenge Winner
    • 1st Place - Cybersecurity
  • International Science Fair Participant
  • Robotics Competition
    • State & Nationally Ranked
  • Fairchild Challenge
    • Silver Recognition
  • State Science Fair Participant

Clubs & Activities:

  • Aviation Club
  • Coding Club
  • Cybersecurity Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Robotics Club
  • STEM Club


  • Fairchild Challenge
  • Barry University Olympiad
    • Physics & Chemistry
  • Miami Dade County Regional Science Fair
  • Science Bowl
  • VEX Robotics Competition
    • Google Signature Event @ California
  • Coding Competition
    • UCF High School Programming Competition
  • Cybersecurity
    • HackMiami CTF @ FIU
  • Conrad Innovation Challenge
  • The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

Field Experience:

  • UM Shark Tagging
  • Baptist Hospital Observation Program
  • Job Shadowing
  • Native Ecosystem Field Studies
  • Externships
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.