St. Joseph Catholic STEM School has embraced the Educate to Innovate Challenge!
Our STEM Vision Statement helps us achieve this challenge: St. Joseph Catholic STEM School incorporates Catholic virtues, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity into all subject areas. We develop perseverance as well as understanding of concepts through active learning, integrated lesson design, and growth mindset infused instruction.
St. Joseph School’s WOW factor is the implementation of our C-STEM program. Throughout our building, we have varied learning environments that promote our Catholic Identity, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking.
Our crown jewel is our SmartLab. In this environment, students dive into more than 650 extended learning engagements covering 8 different STEM modules between Kindergarten and 8th Grade. This lab promotes the integration of our Catholic faith with technology and hands-on/minds-on learning. This environment motivates learners to inquire, explain, and tackle meaningful 21st Century problems and celebrates our students’ successes that they may have never imagined.
Our Integration Lab, also known as our Project Based Learning Center is where students tackle challenges such as creating knee braces, designing zoo enclosures, studying jet propulsion, or creating habitats for bats. Here, students are using creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills to research and solve real-world problems while using a Catholic moral lens in an inviting colorful environment that supports teamwork.
The library/media center is where students are entrenched in literacy as they dive into genres that expand their minds through critical thinking. This space offers them information that both entices their understanding of the real world and takes them away to fictional lands. Our learning environments allow innovative learning to thrive. Anywhere you go in the school you will find that curriculum and teaching/learning practices are integrated with the bedrock of our school, our Catholic faith.
What is C-STEM at St. Joseph School?
Interested in learning more? Find your “C-STEM” Tab or read our Curriculum Handbook here!