What's In Store: Our STEM and Tech Update
2016-2017 STEM Class Offerings:
3D computing and printing are revolutionizing the world, and St. Augustine Catholic High School students is on the cutting edge of this technology as the school expanded its STEM program for the 2016-2017 school year. This year, St. Augustine offers:
an Advanced 3D class that includes animation, as well as cross-curricular projects
an Intro to Engineering class that provides students hands-on opportunities in civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineering, as well as some exposure to computer programming.
a CAD design course to expose the students to the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and manufacturing design through project-based assignments. It provides future engineering majors with a foundation for college-level coursework.
a Digital Media Team course which gives the students opportunities to work with media at the school, desinging brochures and creating weekly update videos. In addition, they will become “appbassadors”, assisting students and teachers with app training through screencasting and blog posts. They will also help create and maintain our presence on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
1:1 iPad environment:
In 2013, with a grant from the Catholic Foundation, students received iPad minis in hopes of positively affecting and improving daily learning.
Students have found the tablets beneficial. They use many apps in the process of a day, for notetaking, homework assignments, research and presentations.
Students also have the ability to sync the online St. Augustine calendar to their iPad, and be aware of upcoming school events and activities.
An essential reason for the introduction of the iPad was to implement the use of an eBook program. Students especially find this beneficial, as they longer have to balance a pile of heavy textbooks from class to class or return to their lockers if they forgot the correct one.
Google Classroom has created an almost completely paperless class. Teachers can create assignments in Classroom, attaching essential web links and materials to them. The students can access the assignment from school or home, complete the work and turn it in with the touch of a button. Graded assignments can be returned online. No lost papers!
It is widely agreed upon by staff and students alike that the iPads are extremely beneficial for classroom use.