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.”
At 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.”