St. Catherine’s Academy (SCA) is gearing up for a shift in its academic approach, introducing a new STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion,
Engineering, Arts and Math) program. The program will take place in the new and exciting Aquinas Think Tank lab, which was unveiled on October 23, 2017 but is set to formally launch on November 7, 2017 offering students something new, exciting and educational.
The event began with a blessing by Bishop Kevin Vann and Reverend Ed Poettgen and was celebrated by nearly 160 students and staff members. Special donors were thanked for their generosity in making this program possible. The Aquinas Think Tank was designed to be a
creative space aimed to allow students who are interested in pursuing coding and robotics opportunities. The goal of the program is to promote critical thinking in a collaborative setting.
SCA students can expect to use various types of equipment (Little Bits Steam Set, Sphero Sprk+, Legos EV3 Robotic Kit, and a 3D printer) as they are challenged to analyze and solve problems. Students will work closely with their peers as they become innovative thinkers.
“We are so proud to finally bring such a wonderful state-of- the-art program to our students. Teachers will be incorporating the use of new technology into their lesson plans and activities,” said Sister Johnellen Turner, Administrator/Principal. There will also be an after-school club
available for students who are interested.”
The lab was named after St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of students. As an all-boys Catholic school sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, the name seemed very fitting.
For more information regarding St. Catherine’s Academy or the Aquinas Think Tank, please visit: www.stcatherinesacademy.org or call (714) 772-1363.
St. Catherine’s Academy, founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, is an independent Catholic school with a military tradition for boys in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade. The school offers both day and boarding opportunities.