The Importance of STEM
Students at Academy of Holy Angels benefit from a rigorous foundation in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our comprehensive STEM education helps our students in college and provides them future career opportunities that are in high demand. As we’ve seen during the last year, advances and breakthroughs in the sciences have a direct and profound effect on the health and well-being of all people. We also know that STEM education and investments drive growth and stability for the global economy.
Interest in STEM at Holy Angels is Growing
Since the foundation of AHA by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1877, the school has prioritized offering our students a comprehensive program in science and mathematics. Today, more than 260 students take Advanced Placement STEM courses each year, which is a 30% increase since five years ago. Our unique and rigorous STEM Diploma curriculum has graduated 245 students since 2014.
Investing in Students Through the New iCenter for STEM Education
In recent years, AHA’s existing lab spaces and classrooms have been limited by the building’s historical school structure. With the increased demand for STEM courses and programming, AHA teachers need enhanced technologies, robotics, and engineering facilities, as well as new biology, chemistry, and physics lab spaces to effectively prepare their students.
With these needs in mind, school leadership and the Board of Trustees embarked on the funding and construction of the iCenter for STEM Education (pictured to the left). The 7,500 square foot iCenter, which began serving students and teachers this fall, provides the space, tools, and dedicated time necessary for students to conduct real-world, applied research in conjunction and collaboration with an expanded network of business, collegiate, and government partners. (Read more details about the iCenter here.)
Seeking STEM Experts & Volunteers!
AHA is looking to recruit a group of community members - parents, alumni, alumni parents, and friends - who work in STEM-related fields and who will serve as a resource group for classroom speakers, informational interviews, mentoring, job shadows, and research experiences. If you are interested or able to refer someone who may be a good fit, please contact Sarah Schwab, science teacher, via email.