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STEMM visitation2At Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School, students and staff not only saw the week of visitation as a time to recruit students to the high school, but also as a chance to showcase its hands-on learning program.

When presented with a problem, the staff at Stritch didn’t look for help outside the walls of the school. Instead, they looked to the students.

“We needed to figure out a way to turn off all the lights in the gym at the same time, but didn’t have a solution because you have to turn each section of the lights off using a key,” said STEMM Coordinator John Agostinelli. “So I asked the students if they could solve the problem.”

STEMM RieskeStudents at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School recently got an inside look of what it is like to be an engineer in the professional world today.

Rob Rieske, a recruiter for the University of Toledo’s College of Engineering, visited the high school and talked with students involved in the STEMM initiative. Rieske shared personal stories about the many things engineering students at UT have recently accomplished.

His talk included everything from building model bridges to enhancing artificial limbs. The discussion led to a lot of questions from the students, and also allowed them to see the world of engineering in a whole new light.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) program offers students the opportunity to investigate course work and careers in these rapidly growing fields. State-of-the-art computer programs and equipment engage students in real-world problem solving scenarios. Guest speakers and field experiences further spark student interest in these fields.

The curriculum for the STEMM program comes from nationally developed courses from Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Course sequences in engineering and biomedical sciences are launching new courses annually, giving students an inside look of what is on the cutting edge.

(The entire current academic Course Listing can be found in the Students menu of the CSCHS page.)

Project Lead the WayProject Lead The Way is the national non-profit provider that we have selected to supplement our Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine program at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School.  STEMM is essential in today’s high-skill and high-tech global setting.  This curriculum will help us stay competitive with other schools it will also give our students an advantage when applying to colleges and universities.

Project Lead The Way curriculum contains pathways for engineering and biomedical sciences.  It has been designed by teachers, field specific professionals, university partners and school administrators.  The curriculum is under constant revision and improvement to stay on the cutting edge of technology and education.  Teachers of Project Lead The Way courses attended a rigorous Summer Institute for professional development in every course they teach.

For more information please visit the national PLTW website at pltw.org or the state PLTW website at PLTWOhio.org.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) program offers students the opportunity to investigate course work and careers in these rapidly growing fields. State of the art computer programs and equipment engage students in real-world, problem solving scenarios. Guest speakers and field experiences further spark student interest in these fields.