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ARM Institute Endorsed Program Highlight: Horizon Science Academy

February 3, 2022


Horizon Science Academy is a grades 9-12 public charter school based in Columbus, Ohio. The high school provides its students with an innovative world class education, rich in math, science and technology focused on preparing students to become bold inquirers, problem solvers and ethical leaders, skill-ready for post-secondary education to meet the challenges of a competitive global workforce. 

HSA is an accredited College Preparatory High School sponsored by Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West and has been recognized as an EXCELLENT school by the Ohio Department of Education, receiving a National Blue Ribbon School Award in 2012. It was also recognized as a STEM School by Cognia in 2020.  The student body is culturally diverse; the school’s ethnicity breakdown is 87% Black & African American, 6% Hispanic & Latino, 2% Multiracial, 3% White and 2% Asian. Moreover, 100% of the students qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

Horizon Science Academy was among the ARM Institute’s first Endorsed Programs and earned ARM Institute endorsement in February 2021. 

Robotics Career-Aligned Competencies:

The Endorsed Program at Horizon Science Academy teaches students the following skills that align with the ARM Institute’s defined robotics career pathways. 

Robotics Integrator Competencies

  • Systems Simulation/Modeling
  • Robotics Specialist Competencies
  • Application Emphasis

Robotics Technician Competencies

  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Robot Programming
  • Electronics & Controls
  • PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers)
  • Safety (Systems and Procedures)

Based on the addressed skills, Horizon Science Academy best prepares students for careers as Robotics Technicians. 

Differentiating Factors

ARM Endorsement recognizes the nation’s top training programs for manufacturing careers working with robotics. Endorsed programs undergo a comprehensive evaluation process using the following benchmarks:

  • Relevance to the Industry
  • Effective Curriculum
  • Efficiency of the Training
  • Impact of the Program
  • Program Sustainability
  • Transportability

Below, we explore the differentiating factors that earn Horizon Science Academy their Endorsement. 

Horizon Science Academy features a Career Center in a regular high school setting. HAS also actively pursues industry relationships to prepare students for manufacturing careers in the Columbus region. The school’s teachers are highly credentialed, the student equipment is technologically advanced, and their approach to hands-on learning actively leads to industry-recognized certifications and college credit.

The Value of ARM Institute Endorsement

“We are honored to be the first endorsed high school in the nation by the ARM Institute. The ARM Institute helped us to improve our understanding and vision in Robotics and Manufacturing field. ARM endorsement is a sign of the quality of our program. We are able to create a network and follow up with the new projects.” – Ugur Zengince, Principal of Horizon Science Academy Columbus

Learn more about or get in contact with Horizon Science Academy, Columbus here

About ARM Institute Endorsement

The ARM Endorsement Program is a thorough process used to identify the best of the best – organizations that offer education that meets or exceeds advanced manufacturing job requirements. The program is unique in that it was conceptualized and created through its 300-member national consortium, giving equal voice to manufacturer, education providers and government needs. The Program draws upon a competency and skills framework that supports a manufacturing robotics career pathway, exclusively developed and validated by the ARM Institute national consortium. Endorsed programs receive priority listing on, a national capability powered by the ARM Institute that connects education seekers with training for manufacturing careers working with robotics. 

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