Science, technology, engineering, math. St. Mary’s offers a comprehensive STEM program, challenging students to think and learn innovatively.
Seventh and eighth grade students take one semester, while Freshman take a full year class of Project Lead the Way (PLTW), in addition to regular math and science classes. From 3D mechanical design using CAD software, to automation and robotics, and introduction to engineering design, students build on new principles each year. PLTW offerings will expand in future years.
Thanks to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program, students have extra STEM opportunities outside of the classroom. Marian Division students participate in FIRST LEGO League, using LEGO Mindstorms and team brainstorming to solve problems and complete tasks every fall. High school students mentor the FLL team in the fall, then compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition in spring. Each January, FRC teams receive new game details and have six weeks to brainstorm, design, prototype, build and test the robot, in preparation for competition.
STEM offerings are not limited to the academic year, thanks to STEM@SMH Summer Institute, open to all local students. Camp participants get hands-on experience in all STEM areas, with CSI labs, LEGO NXT, programming, animation and more.