New STEM Curricula Growing in Popularity

pltw_logo_finalProject Lead the Way (PLTW) is a National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Curriculum that began working with St. Paul’s in the 2010-2011 School year with the Pre-Engineering track and again in 2011-2012 school year with the Biomedical Science track.

The Engineering Department began at St. Paul’s during the 2010-2011 school year, with Stephen Englehardt teaching the first year course, “Introduction to Engineering Design.” Englehardt now also teaches the second year course, “Principles of Engineering,” as does Kristin LaGraize. Students learn about the basics of engineering and design 3D models of various objects on computers in the intro course. In the second course, students build objects using the tools and interchangable parts given to them by PLTW.

Mrs. Peak's students use a computer programs to learn about the importance of daylighting during one of her lessons.
Austin Robert and fellow students learn about the importance of daylighting during one of Mrs. Peak’s lessons.

The third year course, “Civil Engineering and Architecture,” is taught by Rachael Peak, who is a former Civil Engineer herself. This course is currently only being taught to the seniors who took at least the first year of the course in 2010.

“The engineering program was a great way for me to get started and learn some of the basics. It is a great class,” said senior Austin Robert.

Students interested in in the Pre-Engineering program should talk to either Englehardt or their guidance counselor for additional information.

The Biomedical Science Department began at St. Paul’s during the 2011-2012 school year, with teacher Tony Taffaro instructing classes on the basics of the human body. Students learn about the medical field by doing activities such as analyzing a mannequin and making scientific observations for the theoretical cause of death.

Ian Conroy and John Grab examine bones in Mrs. Shultz-Marshall's class.
Ian Conroy and John Grab examine bones in Mrs. Shultz-Marshall’s class.

The current Biomedical classes are taught by Taffaro, who teaches the first year class, “Principles of Biomedical Sciences,” and Amy Schultz-Marshall, who teaches the second year class, “Human Body Systems.” Both had to be trained by PLTW during the summer. There are current plans to extend the track to include the third year course, “Medical Interventions.”

“The class is a lot of fun. I am learning about some of the basic things about the medical field. It is something I have always had an interest in,” stated freshman Zachary Nunez, who is currently in his first year of the program.

Students interested in beginning the Biomedical program and would like to know more information should talk to either Taffaro or their guidance counselor.


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