Holy Family Center for STEM Education
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education is an approach to teaching that integrates real-life applications of technology, math, engineering and science with experiential, hands-on learning. STEM education provides students with the 21st century learning skills they need to address complex real-world problems.
Why is STEM important?
Let’s consider how STEM affects what is closest and dearest to us – our children. STEM is the future – it provides students with learning experiences that prepare them to be leaders in a global and technologically advanced society. According to the United States Department of Labor, eight of the ten leading career opportunities require proficiency in the STEM fields – accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information systems, civil engineering, economics, and finance. A STEM education at Holy Family provides our students with a leg up for future success.
How will a STEM education benefit my child?
As stewards of God’s creation, quality STEM learning experiences challenge our students to develop higher order problem solving skills through processes such as communication, inquiry, creativity, collaboration, and deep comprehension. Through applied learning, a STEM education provides our children with the knowledge and critical thinking skills they need to have the best career options. In addition, with Holy Family’s liberal arts education and commitment to Christian values, our students will use their STEM knowledge together with world language, literature, religious education, social studies, and the fine arts to understand the world in which they live and how to lead their lives for the betterment of the human experience.
What are some of the STEM learning modules my child will explore at Holy Family?
Alternative energy, laser technology, pneumatics, robotics, virtual architecture, flight dynamics, structural engineering, environmental science, material processing, and computer-aided drafting (CAD) are some of the components of our comprehensive STEM curriculum.
Thanks to ongoing financial support from ACCS, a Peoria-based design and engineering firm, Holy Family’s science curriculum features robust learning modules from Paxton Patterson, a leading provider of STEM equipment and professional development for schools. The Paxton Patterson STEM modules introduce our students to explorations in computer-aided drafting (CAD), alternative energy, robotics, flight dynamics, structural engineering, environmental science, material processing, laser technology, pneumatics, virtual architecture, video production, and audio technology.