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7 Awesome Facts about STEM Education!
1. At present the number of unfilled STEM job vacancies are higher than qualified candidates.
2. Salary - The average salary and benefit packages (payout) of STEM jobs over a career is 70% more than the national average
3. Requirement - Virtually every State will need 10’s of thousands of additional people with a STEM educational background this year alone!
4. Growth - The US Department of Commerce predicts that over the next decade STEM jobs will grow twice that of other job fields.
5. Wanted - Eight of the 10 most wanted employees listed by the US Department of Labor are ones with a STEM education.
6. Future - The US Bureau of Statistics predicts that over the next 20 years, 80% of jobs in the US will require some degree of technical skills.
7. Reality Simply Put - STEM graduates are in charge of their future, in charge of building communities and in charge of moving our nation forward. Virtually every career field needs dedicated people with a STEM background!
Source: Biocom.org, ed.gov
So what are you waiting for? Let Catholic High help You Prepare for YOUR DESTINY!
Catholic High's recognized four-year project-based experiential STEM Program inspires future generations of young women to pursue exciting, rewarding and well-paying careers needed for the future growth of our nation in areas traditionally not previously available to them. Knowledge learned in STEM disciplines, the acquisition of advanced skills through hand-on, project-centered methods of inquiry will propel our students to succeed in colleges, universities and jobs of their choice. In addition to courses during the school year, taught in our state-of-the-art Joanne Liberatore Kramer Engineering Room and Engineering Lab, Catholic High STEM students are required and eager to attend exciting and fun 1 week Summer Enrichment Camps each year.
To learn more about our STEM Program, middle school students are invited to attend the school’s annual STEAM Day during the Fall of each year.
STEM Mentor Program
Starting in the junior year and continuing throughout senior year, each student in the STEM program is paired with a professional woman trained in a STEM field. The purpose of this relationship is to foster the student’s consideration of selecting higher education programs to facilitate a career in a STEM field.
The mentor arrangement is on a one-to-one basis and includes a one-day per month where the STEM student visit with the mentor on the sponsoring company’s premises, either in the main office or in field offices, or possibly other locations such as jobsites. The student can use her mentor as a resource to complete her Senior Project. The Senior Project is the final engineering course taken through the STEM program. During this course the student will first learn the latest Computer-Aided-Design software and then will work with the STEM Coordinator to select of STEM project of choice to demonstrate knowledge gained over their 4-year STEM experience at Catholic High. Projects can include taking a product of her own invention or innovation through the engineering design process to market, designing and building a model or prototype of a building or medical device, to designing a proposed transportation system and more! The independent or team project is intended to be challenging, experiential and fun.
Requirements for Acceptance
Acceptance into the STEM Program is based on the following criteria. Students must:
- Complete the STEM Application
- Score high in the areas of mathematics and science on standardized testing and the High School Placement Test.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Complete Algebra I before the start of freshman year.
|9th||Conceptual Physics||Engineering I (Project Based Introduction to the Engineering Design Process)||Algebra II||Theology, English, Social Studies, World Language, Robotics OR Fine Arts|
Engineering II (Project Based Introduction to Various STEM Professions, to include, Civil, Aerospace, Electrical, Environmental, Transportation, and Bio-Medical Engineering and Naval Architecture)
|Geometry||Theology, English, Social Studies, World Language, Robotics OR Fine Arts|
|11th||Biology||Computer Engineering & Intro. to Programming or Introduction to Bio-Med Engineering||Precalculus||Theology, English, Social Studies, World Language (optional), PE/Health, Fine Arts, Robotics|
|12th||AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, Honors Physics, Anatomy & Physiology (Choice of 2)||Computer Aided Design & Modeling and Senior Project||Calculus AB or Calculus BC||Theology, English, Social Studies (optional), World Language (optional), PE/Health, Fine Arts, Robotics|
Robotic Engineering / Drone Design and Operations
- Trains students to build and program LEGO Mindstorms robots/kits
- Teams compete in VEX Robotics Competitions.
- Catholic High teams compete in SeaPerch (underwater robotics).
- Catholic High is planning to add Drone Competition staring in 2018/19
- Students have opportunities to use LabView, ROBOTC, easyC and NXT-G programming languages.
- TCHS is planning to present all STEM students with the opportunity to earn their Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA) Commercial Drone Operators Certificate for those 16 years of age and older commencing school year 2018/19.
Summer Enrichment Activities
• Robotics Camp- Summer prior to 9th grade
• Rocketry Camp- Summer prior to 10th grade
• Forensics Camp- Summer prior to 11th grade
• Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation Program — Grades 10-12 only