Freshmen and Sophomore students at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School where given a special treat when they went visited the City of Oregon’s Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Students visited the facility to see how Oregon filters its water so residents in the community can safely use the water in their everyday life. The field trip was planned shortly after the water crisis that hit the Toledo area. Students were able to see the various stages and tanks water must go through before it can be safely used by residents.
Throughout the facility, students saw pools of water both indoors and outdoors and saw how the water became cleaner and clearer throughout the purification process.
Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School added a new class to the STEMM curriculum this year: Anatomy and Human Body Systems.
In the class, students are using miniature model skeletons to learn the different parts of the human body, and where they are located. On Monday, Aug. 25, students began molding the skeleton into a human body.
By placing clay on the skeletons, students began identified facial muscles and muscles on the skull and molded the clay into the shapes of those muscles. As the semester progresses, students will use different colors of clay to identify other muscles and body parts throughout the entire skeleton.
By the end of the course, students will have the different muscle systems represented on the model skeletons with multiple colors of clay.
“This is a chance for students to really see what the muscular system looks like,” said course teacher Todd Baden. “It gives students a chance to work hands on and also see how each system works with one another.”
The students at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School got a taste of what it is like to be in a college classroom when professors from Mercy College paid a visit to the school on Tuesday, April 15.
Students learned about blood pressure, how to measure it and what role the heart plays in pumping blood through the body. They also learned how different physical activities can have an affect on a person’s blood pressure.
The support Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School’s STEMM Initiative has received over the past few years has been tremendous to say the least. Area businesses, health care providers and private donors have all played a key role in making the program a success.
On Monday, Oct. 21, the initiative received another boost, this time from the American Red Cross and Mercy Healthcare System.
In an effort to enhance the learning process in the medical sector of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) the American Red Cross and Mercy Healthcare System teamed up to give Stritch Catholic medical manikins, medical books and medical training.
Each day after school, it's hard to walk down the STEMM hallway and not find students busy working on a project of some sort. It’s become a norm at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, and it is extra busy at the present time.
Currently, students participating in Stritch’s Robotics Club are working to build a robotic arm and compete in the BEST competition at Bowling Green State University on October 26.
The arm must be able to extend at least two feet and be able to pick up a number of items. In addition, the end of the arm can only have two fingers to pick up the items because of the amount of material students are permitted to use.
“It is going to perform a series of tasks, where it has to get the arm to pick up dowels and place the objects in places,” said sophomore Faith Murphy, who wants to pursue a career in architecture after high school. “It also has to pick up coat hangers.”