Technology Device Recommendations

Suggestions for a School Device for your Student

*Updated Specs 10/7/2020*

Some quick tips to help you find a device that is best suited for the needs of your student attending STEM. There is no 1 device that is suited for all student needs. This list will give you a baseline and you are more than welcome to increase the specifications or decrease. Be aware that decreasing some specifications may cause the device to perform at a slower rate and cause students to get behind in class.

1) Laptop is required, Windows Operating System (Win10) is required for programming with PLTW. 
     *Apple (MAC) laptops can be used but Windows OS 10 or newer will still need to be installed.
       Boot Camp or some other means in order to program with PLTW software. 
2) DVD/CD drive is not needed for school purposes.
3) The standard hard drive space is sufficient, 500GB and up.
4) The standard system memory (RAM) is sufficient, 8GB and up.
5) Processor speeds should be at least 2.0GHz or more.
6) Screen size can be between 11in and 15.6in. 

In the end, you know your child better than we do. Please make the necessary adjustments to a device that will best suit the needs of your child. If you have any further questions, please email Mrs. Peters at
Thank you. 

*Note: All grade levels do some type of programming in class so a tablet, smart phone, iPad, Chromebook, etc. is not recommended for student use at STEM.