THERE’S A BUZZ word going around education these
days. That word is STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) In 2012, U.S. high school students ranked 27th in math and 20th in science among high schoolers from 34 different countries. According to a study released by the Pew Research Center in June 2015, international students make up more than half of science, technology, engineering and mathematics advanced degrees earned at American colleges and universities. In recent years, the Department of Education has pushed to get the U.S. more competitive in the world of STEM. In Baton Rouge, a number of schools have already adopted the STEM program. Catholic High School plans to take that initiative one step further by adding the areas of religion and arts to the formula – STREAM. “Incorporating both religion and art takes the traditional STEM program and integrates it with our mission of providing a holistic education at Catholic High School,” said CHS Director of Advancement Jamie Segar ’90. “We want our students to have real-world experiences and be well prepared for life after high school.” All great ideas start with vision. If there is a problem to solve, one has to be able to conceptualize a potential solution before the work can begin – that approach is developed through the arts. Religion is fundamentally the most important part of the Catholic High experience. By adding it to the STEM formula, it will serve as a moral compass for our students as they develop their skills. “Our
responsibility as human beings is to help one another. To serve a cause greater than yourself,” said Bill DeVillier, science teacher at CHS. Our goal is to create a STREAM space where students can think and work differently. A typical education environment is where the teacher delivers the information and the student repeats it back. STREAM uses that traditional delivery system, but requires an additional hands-on experimental step. Students must be allowed to try practical applications and fail, in order to achieve success. Instead of working individually in rows of desks, they will be placed in groups and work together as teams. “We want our students to have a place where they can interact like engineers, or scientists, or mathematicians,” said Assistant Principal for Instruction and Technology Jared Cavalier. “Kids tend to think parallel. It’s our job as educators to challenge them to think sequentially – from the top down – and STREAM allows us to incorporate that methodology in the classroom.” Another goal is to develop a STREAM manufacturing lab on campus. The lab would house equipment such as state-of-the-art 3D printers, 5 axis CNC machines, plasma cutters and water jets, all of which would help our students test and develop their ideas into tangible applications. The STREAM dream is to incorporate the program into the 20172018 school year curriculum. The program would be available
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