STEM Program

STEM Program

Fun Facts

Did you know that according to the National Science Foundation, 80% of jobs created in the next decade will require degrees in the fields of math and science? However, in recent years, the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to women in sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer science has declined.

Did you know that 100% of  STEM students take college credit eligible classes?

Program Overview

Catholic High's illustrious four-year STEM Program inspires future generations of young women to pursue careers for the global good in areas not traditionally available to them. Knowledge learned in STEM disciplines, the acquisition of advanced skills through methods of inquiry will propel students to college and beyond.  In addition to courses during the school year, taught in the state-of-the-art Joanne Liberatore Kramer '59 Engineering Room and Engineering Labratory, STEM students are required to attend a Summer Enrichment Camp each year.

To learn more about our STEM Program, middle school students are invited to attend STEM Day on Saturday, November 16. Register on-line today

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STEM Mentor Program

Starting in the junior year and continuing throughout senior year, each student in the STEM program is paired with a professional woman trained in a STEM field. The purpose of this relationship is to foster the student’s consideration of selecting higher education programs to facilitate a career in a STEM field.

The mentor arrangement is on a one-to-one basis and includes a one-day per month where the STEM student visit with the mentor on the sponsoring company’s premises, either in the main office or in field offices, or possibly other locations such as jobsites. The student can use her mentor as a resource to complete her Senior Project. The Senior Project is the final engineering course taken through the STEM program. During this course the student will take a product of her own invention or innovation through the engineering design process as if she intended to take the product to market.

Requirements for Acceptance

Acceptance into the STEM Program is based on the following criteria. Students must:

  • Complete the STEM application
  • Score high in the areas of mathematics and science on standardized testing and the High School Placement Test.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Complete Algebra I before the start of freshman year.

4-Year Curriculum

Grade Science Technology/
Engineering
Math Other
9th Conceptual Physics Intro. to Engineering (Project Based) Hon. Algebra II Theology, English, Social Studies, World Language, PE/Health, Robotics (optional)
10th Chemistry

Intro. to Engineering:  NASA Curriculum

Hon. Geometry Theology, English, Social Studies, World Language, Robotics (optional)
11th Biology Computer Engineering Hon. Precalculus Theology, English, Social Studies, World Language (optional), Adisory Period
12th AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, Honors Physics, Anatomy & Physiology (Choice of 1) Senior Project Calculus AB or Calculus BC Theology, English, Social Studies (optional), World Language (optional), Advisory Period

Robotic Engineering

• Trains students to build and program robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kits.
• Teams compete in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) & VEX Robotics Competitions.
• Catholic High STEM students mentor middle school FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams.
• Students have opportunities to use LabView, ROBOTC, easyC and NXT-G programming languages.

Summer Enrichment Activities

• Robotics Camp- Summer prior to 9th grade

Forensics  Camp- Summer prior to 11th grade

• Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation Program — Grades 10-12 only

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