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P6_Photo-2_Mr. William Neal, Director of STEM
William Neal
LIA’s newest initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is an integrated, interdisciplinary program that provides students the opportunity to explore advanced technology fields at the high-school level.

The STEM program explores trends and techniques in science and technology-related fields, and promotes experiential-based learning, which allows students to earn practical, hands-on experience in their classes. Students taking STEM credits as part of their OSSD requirements learn how to use technology to solve real-world problems, and also how to be responsible, global citizens.

Our STEM Courses include: Science, Math, Engineering, Calculus, Trigonometry etc. For more information about our STEM Program, please contact William Neal, the Director of STEM.

Present Courses

• Philosophical foundations of the STEM program – Why?
• Advanced learning techniques – how to learn efficiently
• Mathematics contest preparation
• Activities to prepare students for university application
• Learn key ideas from entire school year

Computer Science

Using modular design principles to create complex programs, managing a large software development project, &exploring areas of research in computer science.

Business Leadership

Allows students to examine facets of business such as human resources, finance, and media

English (Grade 11/12)

Examine both classical and contemporary texts. Develop the ability to dissect literature, to evaluate the underlying themes and concepts.

Advanced Functions

Learning the techniques for combing functions, understanding the rates of changes.

Calculus & Vectors

Broadening their understanding of rates of change & applying those concepts to the modelling of real-world relationships.


Deepening their understanding of physics concepts and theories & considering the impact of physics on society and the environment


Deepening their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes, equilibrium in chemical system, and electrochemistry.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

A foundation dedicated to the promotion of STEM education and a shift in cultural values to recognize scientists and engineers in the way the media and sports stars are currently celebrated. Each year, FIRST runs a global robotics competition which challenges teams of students to design and build robots with specific capabilities and then test them in competition first regionally and then alongside teams from every part of the world at the world championships. London International Academy established its FRC Robotics team (#6162 Cap Alpaca) in 2015 and has competed in Windsor, London and North Bay. The FRC robotics team at LIA has three main groups with multiple sub-groups:

3D Printing

The story of 3D printing at LIA begins with a discussion in physics class. Interested students decided to form a club to learn more about 3D printing. This club came to be known as the Engineering Club. Over several years, students worked to build and test a Prusa Mendel 3D printer. This was not an easy process as the students needed to learn many of the underlying concepts of 3D printing such as electronics, software configuration and mechanical assembly. Having successfully built, configured printed with the Prusa Mendel, LIA students decided to build another 3D printer and donated it to the school – a Prusa i3. Now, LIA students use the 3D printers to print out parts for use in other projects such as the FRC Robots and the Farmbot.

Building on their success in 3D printing, LIA students have now moved on to working on other more ambitious projects. These include a Theremin which is a musical instrument that can be played without touching it, a Scanning Tunneling Microscope designed to produce images of atoms and a Farmbot which is capable of systematically planting and tending crops within the classroom or outside. Each of these projects seeks to expand the scope of the level of achievement that be expected of secondary school students. Each project also represents a means of developing a learning community that transcends the four walls of the school and fosters an environment where students recognize that their talents matter, that they are empowered to take initiative and that they should share these talents with others in a way that is beneficial to the wider community.