STEM @ STA
1st STEM Competition @ STA
- Shout out to all our Catholic Middle School Participants!!
- 12 teams competed in the Science Bowl 🥇St. Bonaventure 🥈Nativity
- 10 teams competed in the Engineering Build Event 🥇St. Andrew 🥈St. Joan
With an ever increasing global population, in the future, hydroponic vertical farming projects may very well be the only way to adequately feed those living in overcrowded cities. Not only are hydroponic gardens very efficient by limiting nutrient and water waste the system is also fully organic using NO artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, nor fungicides. In conventional large scale farming operations huge expanses of land are required with water that often blows away in the wind, and fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that runoff into nearby ecosystems cause toxic contamination and destruction.
Growing food in your own backyard or in a local garden not only contributes to a lifetime of better personal health but it's an easy way to reduce your global ecological footprint. By growing and buying food locally we can reduce the amount of carbon emissions it takes to ship our outsourced food around the globe from where it's grown to our local supermarkets.
The overall theme of this project: sustainability,
Boys’ and girls’ teams design, build, and drive robots in FIRST robotics competitions (FTC & FRC). Robotics is the ultimate program that incorporates all aspects of STEM. Students can participate in Robotics through courses offered twice weekly after school.
The Anatomage table is touch-sensitive technology, that projects full-length views of a human cadaver and it's muscular, skeletal, nervous, digestive and pulmonary systems. The table assembles 2,000 3D images to show layers and slices of various tissues. Students can view a cross-section of a muscle, organ or other structure. Among the Anatomage software are images of a liver distended by cancer, an ACL knee injury, an ectopic pregnancy, a stab wound, and a stent placed in an artery. Students can trace the flow of blood from the heart into the lungs. The table can even teach veterinary science, with
images of animals like a dog, a cat, a parrot, a tortoise, even a squirrel like Australian creature called a sugar glider.
The VR program immerses students in a three-dimensional world. “Experiences” dissect a mushroom or a pig, measure the Doppler effect of a train, follow a bat through a cave with echolocation, assemble a circuit board, step inside a beating human heart to examine the chambers, or mix volatile chemicals.
DR. ERIN WILLIAMS