Clubs and Activities

After Hours in the Tower

Program Description: After Hours in the Tower (AHITT) is 21st CCLC funded program coordinated by the University of Cincinnati in collaboration with Hughes STEM High School. AHITT seeks to increase literacy and math skills, increase college entrance exam scores, and provide each student with an individual plan following high school by imbedding these components through after-hours programming.

After Hours in the Tower programs are held primarily at Hughes STEM High School with visits to the University of Cincinnati and other community partner locations. AHITT program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:15pm until 5pm.

Dinner, snacks, and extracurricular bus passes are made available for every participant. Enrollment forms are to be completed and signed by a parent/ guardian.


Literacy Based Clubs:

Freedom Writers:

Advisor: Ms. Trytten

Freedom Writers  is a creative writing outlet for students that are interested in social justice issues, race, and inequalities.  
9th-12th open to all

Louder Than the Bomb

Advisor: Mr. Williams

Louder Than the Bomb provides a platform for students to express themselves through spoken word. Participants meet to write and share stories through spoken word and poetry. Students will preform in the Louder Than A Bomb national poetry slam that is offered every spring.
Target: 9th-12th open to all

The Tower:

Advisor: Mr. Hatcher

The Tower is a student led newspaper and yearbook organization. Participants write articles on various topics and current events that the team finds important, learn how to operate high-tech equipment, and edit their work for mass publication at Hughes STEM High School. Students meet Mondays and Wednesdays in Room 3100.
Open to all


Advisor: Ms. Ogletree with Ms. Libby Hunter

WordUp is a literacy-based group facilitated by WordPlay. WordUp empowers students to maximize their education, improving opportunities for college and beyond. Participants find his/her unique voice through creative expression and self-reflection; building strong connections with peers, WordPlay mentors, and leaders form the community through shared readings and discussions on social justice, identity, and community. Word Up is available throughout the entire year and provides opportunities for educational and personal growth through projects, community engagement events, field trips, and other interactive experience.
9th and 10th open to all


Math Based Clubs:

Assess-Chart-Team Up Math (ACT Math)

Advisor: Ms. Michael Brown

Team Up Math is a math group facilitated by the Children’s Cognitive Research Lab of the University of Cincinnati. ACT Math seeks to create a learning environment that encourages students to learn math. CCRL has acknowledged that learning math can be very difficult and frustrating. ACT Math provides an atmosphere that encourages independent learning. Students are supported and guided through math problems by University of Cincinnati volunteers at his/her own pace.
Target: 7th and 8th but open to all


STEM & Leadership Based Clubs:

College and Career Readiness Lab


This lab is a resource for all students that would like to focus on creating plans for life after high school.  University of Cincinnati student volunteers provide support for college entrance exams, college applications, scholarship applications, post secondary options, and other various opportunities for advancement.
Open to all

Making Marks, Makes Sense


This is a club facilitated by Nandita Sheth and Kristopher Holland at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). This creative art program supports academic and personal achievement through exploration of mark making and making sense of the world through: drawing, creating tools, and designing robots.
Target: 9th -12th

Jedi Science Club

Advisor: Mr. Gibson

Junior Explorer Detective Investigator (JEDI) is an outdoor junior explorer club for students that have an interest in nature and science. Students work closely with University of Cincinnati student experts to create a movie on endangered species to be viewed at the Illuminating Extinction: Bright Tower, Dark Future public event. Participants also attend an overnight camping experience to observe and study nature.
Target 7th-9th but open to all


Advisor: Ms. Grasso

This Career Tech Student Led Organization (CTSO) is a technology-based program that gives participants the opportunity to explore and prepare themselves for technology related careers. Participants also promote the field of technology and have the opportunity to learn, first hand, from successful individuals within the field. The knowledge obtained through INTERAlliance is then applied by creating technology to compete in the TechOlympic Expo.  Technology careers are really exciting, and there are tremendous opportunities right here in Cincinnati. Today, there are over 1,500 open technology jobs in Cincinnati - there are many companies that are waiting to hire YOU!

This program is designed to help students explore the spectrum of IT careers to find the best career that matches with your strengths and passions. Further, we provide opportunities to network and to potentially intern for the companies that ultimately want to employ you.

Target: 9th-12th

M2SE (Minorities in Math, Science & Engineering)

Advisor: Mr. Fon

NESBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

Advisor: Mr. Brandon Williams

NSBE’s programs and activities are designed to nurture Black students’ and professionals’ interest and aptitude in engineering and to expand their professional horizons.

Robotics Club

Advisor: Mr. Cummings

Students meet Thursdays in room 0141.

Youth Development Program


Men Organized Respectful and Educated is an all-male program that promotes academic success, leadership development, and personal growth through various enrichment activities.
Target: Men 10th-12th


Advisor: Mr. Jared Davis

Men Organized, Respectful, & Educated (M.O.R.E) is a program that promotes academic success, leadership development, and enrichment activities. Students meet weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Innovation Lab 2146

Jr. Charm School

Advisor: Ms. Talia Townes

Jr. Charm School is an all-female program dedicated to empower the young ladies at Hughes STEM High School. Participants are provided the platform to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses and given the tools to excel to her highest potential.
Target: Women 7th-12th

National Honors Society

Advisor: Ms. Keith

Established in 1921, The National Honor Society has been the premier scholastic organization that recognizes student achievement in the areas of academic, leadership, community engagement and character. Eligible high school students (10-12) need to meet the following requirements:

  • Candidates eligible for induction to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class. Students may not be inducted after Spring of their senior year.
  • To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of at least one semester at Hughes STEM High School
  • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed, and shall be the required minimum level of scholastic achievement for admission to candidacy. All students who rise in scholarship to or above this standard may be admitted to candidacy for selection into the society.
  • Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum number of 25 student service learning hours documented with the school’s SSL Coordinator. Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, SSL hour and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based upon their service, leadership, and character.

Student Leadership Program

Advisor: Ms. Cargile

Student Leadership program is an opportunity to enrich academic achievement and promote personal growth by providing opportunities to develop leadership, self –advocacy, and social activism skills.
Open to all

Student Government

Advisor: Ms. Kennedy

Student Government serves as the primary liaison between administration and general student body. Student Government is led by students to better all students’ everyday life at Hughes STEM.
Open to all

UCIT SHAREIT (App Development)

Advisor: Ms. Sherman

The 10 Week Program covers full stack of IT Development including areas in IT such as system administration, cyber security, Agile Develoment (project management), robotics virtual reality, and mobile app development. The majority of time will be devoted to small group development of a functional app that integrates lessons learned in each week. Students will have an opportunity to develop new features, brainstorm on ideas for new development and review the process for testing and deploying.

  • All students will receive the equipment required to successfully complete their project
  • Sessions will be held at the heart of campus near MainStreet
  • Mentors will be available at each session
  • Food will be provided after each session with an opportunity to talk with IT professionals about various topics

Students who successfully complete their projects will be able to keep the resources provided (laptop, robot, backpack, mouse, mouse pad, pens, notebook)

Young Scholars


The Young Scholars program serves our pre-collegiate Young Scholars in grades 8-12 by providing year-round comprehensive academic, career, and personal development programs in partnership with school district administrators and staff; Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and alumni; and community and corporate partners. The Young Scholars Program activities are designed to track, monitor, mentor, and advise scholars. A few of our comprehensive academic, career, and personal development programs consist of:

  • Academic Year Programs – Our academic workshops, tutoring, and college provide scholars with a strong foundation of support for each Scholar. Most importantly, our scholars come to understand what is expected to be successful in high school and admissible to Ohio State.   

  • Summer Programs – Our summer programs help make Ohio State feel like a home away from home, boost academic skills in math, science, and writing. Scholars explore careers and college majors. Program methodology and curriculum is multisensory, interdisciplinary, and holistic. 

  • Community Service – Scholars from the same city take part periodically in community service activities. This city bonding provides the chance for scholars to interact and encourage each other while working to tackle issues in their local communities.

  • Cultural and Social Events – We expose our scholars to cultural and social events and performing arts to facilitate the development of an appreciation and understanding of cultural awareness and performing arts. This emphasis helps our scholars develop critical skills in analytical thinking, interpretation, and creative interaction. 



Music Based Clubs:


Advisor: Mr. Langford

Drumline is comprised of students that play the different types of drums and select horn players. Students that have a passion for band are typically attracted to this program. Participants prepare for performance at various school functions and athletic events.
Open to all

Glee Club

Advisor: Ms. Winfrey

Glee Club is a choir ensemble for students that have a passion for singing. Students are constantly learning new songs to preform at various school functions.
Open to all

Anime/Manga/Graphic Novel Club

Advisor: Ms. Lynch

This is a creative arts program for those interested in crafting anime, manga, and/or graphic novels. The club meets on Thursdays after school in the Book Nook.
Open to all