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STEM Clubs at SJA

By Dr. Rosemary Davidson, STEM Coordinator
Last week was Club Week. Clubs each had displays in the Commons along with club members to talk about their clubs. There are a number of STEM related clubs that students are invited to consider joining. Details on these clubs are provided, alphabetically organized, below.
 
Beta Chi Pi, Science Honor Society and the American Chemical Society ChemClub
Moderator: Dr. Rose Davidson
St. Joseph’s Academy has a chapter for Beta Chi Pi, science honor society, sponsored by the Science Teachers of Missouri. In order to be inducted into the society, students must be successful in their science work at SJA and involved in science activities above and beyond those required for class work. Beta Chi Pi activities include presenting hands-on activities at area grade schools, investigating reaction kinetics and physics through lab experiments, participating in cyber-challenge internet scavenger hunts and engineering design challenges, investigating the wildlife found on the school campus, hosting guest speakers on careers and attending field trips.

Beta Chi Pi members are also members of the American Chemical Society’s ChemClub. SJA ChemClub members are trained in chemical demonstrations and activities to carry out at elementary schools as a part of National Chemistry Week activities. According to the American Chemical Society, “There are over 600 clubs across the United States and abroad where students participate in after-school activities, get involved in community building, learn about chemistry careers, enjoy social events, and better understand how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives.” 
 
Brain Bee
Moderator: Mrs. Katie Lodes
Brain Bee is a club that prepares students for participation in the St. Louis Area Brain Bee (held on a Saturday afternoon in February at Washington University). The club meets monthly first semester and bi-weekly in January and early February to discuss the brain bee packet and participate in brain activities.
 
Billiken BEAMS Bridge Building Club
Moderator: Mr. Bud Stein
St. Joe participates in the St. Louis University Billiken BEAMS Bridge Building Competition. During the past school year, St. Joe sent seven teams to the competition. Each team, consisting of two or three members, was tasked with designing, building and testing a model bridge made out of balsa wood and according to a set of design specifications set out by the Civil Engineering Department at SLU. This school year will be the 8th year St. Joe is competing in the contest.
 
Earth Angels Environmental Club
ModeratorMrs. Katie Lodes
Earth Angels is SJA’s Environmental Club. Our mission is to bring awareness and action to environmental issues in both our St. Joe community as well as the global stage.

Earth Angels sponsors a plant sale every spring to encourage gardening. They also participate in the Trex Recycling contest to reduce plastic films in our landfills. Each year, officers and club members work together to decide what projects they want to pursue. Past activities included training and participation in the Greater Backyard Bird Count, screening the film Before the Flood, planting a bird berm at school, participating in the Green Schools Quest and bringing in environmental speakers.
 
Joe TV Crew
Moderator: Mrs. Amy Summers
St. Joe TV is a video news-styled club that makes a recap of the month. St. Joe TV was created with the intent to make video memories of the school year and to act as a promotion for the school, as all episodes are posted online. Girls meet once a month to brainstorm ideas for the following month's episode. Episodes are shown at the beginning of the month during homeroom.
 
JoeBotics Team
Moderator: Mrs. Julie Haddock
JoeBotics, St. Joseph’s Academy’s Robotics team, was established in the 2013-2014 school year and has competed for the past five years in the FTC Robotics competition. The team designs, builds, programs, tests and takes the field with a robot for each year's competition. The team and their robot have advanced to the Missouri State Championship in four of their five years of participation and have won numerous individual and team awards.
 
Mu Alpha Theta, Math Honor Society
Moderator: Mrs. Katie Morrow
Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America with the purpose of promoting interest and understanding of mathematics. The SJA chapter participates in the Missouri Mathematics League and American Scholastic Mathematic Association contests. These contests are held throughout the school year. In addition to these in-school contests, members are encouraged to participate in other contests and will be notified periodically of upcoming club events. Members will promote understanding of mathematics while incorporating the motto: "Not I, But We." A contact list of Mu Alpha Theta members will be available to freshman and sophomore students who are seeking tutors. Tutoring hours can be applied to St. Joseph's Academy's Community Service requirements and Mu Alpha Theta credit requirements. Associate Members are students at St. Joe who are currently enrolled in Honors Algebra 2 or a higher honors level mathematics course. Full members are seniors enrolled in Honors Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Calculus AB or BC both semesters of senior year.

Photography Club
Moderator: Mrs. Katie Schaefer
The Photography Club is open to all students. Students will need a camera to participate, ANY camera, even your smartphone camera will work. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month during 1st AND 2nd lunch.  There will also be opportunities to participate in this club virtually.  An additional meeting for officers takes place on the first Friday morning of the month at 7:20 a.m.  Members of Photo Club will participate in photo challenges, learn and share photography and editing tips and tricks, experiment with new photo equipment, and discover famous photographers past and present.
 
Rocket Club
Moderator: Mr. Bud Stein
The St. Joe Rocket Club was formed in the fall of 2004 in order to compete in the yearly, nationwide Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) contest involving 700 teams from around the country. Each year, TARC challenges each team to design, build and test fly a model rocket according to a different set of specifications and rules. If a team qualifies as one of the top 100 performing teams in the United States, the team is invited to participate in a final fly-off against the other qualifying teams in May at Great Meadows, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Any St. Joe student can be a member of the Rocket Club.
 
Scholar Bowl Team
Moderator: Ms. Taylor Shadden
St. Joseph's Academy Scholar Bowl Team is comprised of a select group of high-achieving, quick-thinking sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Student membership is based on teacher recommendations and MSHSAA eligibility. Students participate in six league competitions and tournaments in the late fall, competing with local high schools to academically challenging quiz questions covering literature, math, art, music, pop culture, history and politics.
 
SWENext, the Society of Women Engineers, Next Generation
Moderator: Mrs. Julie Haddock
Our chapter of SWENext club will meet throughout the year at SJA, usually in tandem with the JoeBotics or Beta Chi Pi meetings. There are no dues and meeting attendance is not mandatory.

SWENext is a way to become part of the Society of Women Engineers as a student. The club will provide information about opportunities such as summer programs, scholarships and internships to members. Benefits of joining include: 
  • Up-to-date information about outreach events (camps, competitions, etc.)
  • A catalog of available scholarships for engineering schools offered by SWE and partner organizations and tips on applying for scholarships and internships
  • The opportunity to participate in quarterly webinars, where engineers from various disciplines discuss the work they do and resources that can help students to learn more about careers in engineering.
  • The opportunity to participate in the SWENext Council, where students can take on leadership roles to influence the direction of the program.
The Voice
Moderator: Ms. Amy Summers
The Voice, founded in 1983, is the student newspaper of St. Joseph’s Academy. In 2017, it transitioned to a digital medium with a print news magazine four times per year. The digital version is available to be viewed by the public and news magazines will be distributed at school to all students, administration, faculty, staff, parents and alumnae who pick up copies.

The Voice functions as a club, with meetings during and after the school day. All students are welcome to join the staff as a writer or a photographer. Staff members are required to attend a general information and training meeting at the beginning of the school year. After that, staff members meet once every two weeks to receive an assignment. Other assignments will be available throughout the month. After receiving her assignment, the staff member will be given a deadline of having an assignment completed. On average, an article involves about three hours of work and includes interviewing, collecting information through research and writing the article. A photography assignment may involve shooting on campus or off campus subjects using one of The Voice's digital cameras.

Coordinator: Dr. Rose Davidson 
This team will design and create an app that solves a problem in our community. The team will present their app in the Hackathon sponsored by World Wide Technology, competing for recognition and prize money for the school. This team is driven by student interest and is open to all students.
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