St. Joseph’s Academy provides hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, both inside and outside the classroom. Building upon recent successes in STEM education, St. Joseph's Academy continues to enhance it’s robust STEM program under the direction of Amy Hanson Summers, Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair. The STEM Integration Committee strives to:
- Enhance the curriculum and its integration
- Develop meaningful field trip opportunities
- Present best practices at professional meetings
- Write classroom grants to garner funding
- Expand STEM career awareness
- Develop a mentorship program between students, alumnae, and parents working in STEM fields
SJA’s long history of excellence in STEM includes the recent addition of a Computer Science and Engineering Department, advanced curriculum options, co-curricular opportunities, and dedicated spaces and tools for innovation.
Offerings in computer science and engineering have expanded over the past two years. The Computer Science and Engineering Department works to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in all 21st century careers. Courses in this department work in conjunction with STEM and can range from Engineering and Design Applications and Video Production to JAVA Coding. For the complete listing of courses, please click here
SJA was one of the first schools in the St. Louis area to integrate technology into student life on a daily basis through a 1:1 laptop program. In 2013, the Academy began moving toward an increased awareness of STEM careers and opportunities with the formation of the STEM Integration Committee. This committee consists of faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines. Our wireless environment allows us to move forward with our goals for the future.
Co-curricular activities, such as the science and math honor societies, robotics and Earth Angels, among others, provide STEM opportunities beyond the classroom. Students choose to participate and succeed in many competitions and summer programs.
In 2016, SJA opened the Digital Innovation Space. This offers students access to cutting-edge technology in a space to design, create, experiment, collaborate and solve problems. It boasts cross-curricular technology, including two 3-D printers.