Students enrolled in the STEMM program at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School recently started using a new device in the classroom that is proving to be extremely useful.

That’s because students have access to a 3D printer, a tool that is being utilized by businesses and college classrooms across the nation.

Students are now able to produce tools and parts that they otherwise don’t have access to. These items are then able to help students with projects that otherwise wouldn’t be created because of limited resources.

Robotics Club gearing up foThe competition may not be until the end of October, but the Robotics Club at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School is already gearing up for the Falcon BEST Robotics Competition at Bowling Green State University.

This year’s theme for the competition is “Pay Dirt.” Although the team will not find out until Sept. 12 what exactly how their robot will have to function, they are already beginning to strategize what they may need to accomplish. 

Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School has teamed up with First Solar to give students a head start on preparing for careers in the field of engineering.

The two have agreed on an internship program that has students from Stritch spending five days alongside engineers at First Solar. This gives students the opportunity to see firsthand what an engineer does throughout the day, and how skills learned in the classroom are applied in the workforce.

WaterTreatmentPlant2Freshmen 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.

Skeletons2Cardinal 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.”