There’s been a dramatic increase in interest from Catholic Schools in STEM/STEAM programs. A major reason is the growing importance of offering robust STEM/STEAM programs in all schools of choice. Today’s parents expect technology and next-generation learning to be part of any quality education.
Paul Hans, Principal of SmartLab partner school Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha Nebraska told us, “If a Catholic school wants to compete with other public and private schools they need to stay relevant”. He continued, “It’s more imperative than ever to give families what they want…that means innovative programs like STEAM centers.”
This new emphasis on STEM/STEAM is also supported by the National Catholic Education Association. NCEA is now in the second year of its STREAM initiative. STREAM stands for science, technology, religion, engineering, art and mathematics. Among NCEA’s “10 Characteristics of a STREAM School” are:
Creative Learning Systems has partnered with Catholic schools across the country and at all grade levels to implement next-generation STEM/STEAM programs for their students.
SmartLab programs are unique in their approach to promoting these characteristics. In a SmartLab, students apply leading-edge technology to hands-on, minds-on projects. Personalized learning engages students of all interests and abilities. Collaboration, communication, problem-solving and innovation happen every day.
Principal Hans shared that Catholic schools from all over the state have visited Roncalli High School to see how the SmartLab program supports their academic goals. “When we meet with them, we don’t focus on the products students create but the processes and skills that all learners need to practice to be successful after high school. Academics and GPA may get our students in the door, but what will keep them here is their capacity for problem-solving, communication, work ethic, and people skills.”