The future is now at All Saints Catholic School, where students are busy building, designing, and programming, and are motivated and challenged by science and engineering.
All Saints Catholic School students are exposed to innovation in learning every day through a specialized S.T.E.M. curriculum and after-school robotics program.
“The motivation and enthusiasm generated by students from Pre-K 4 to 8th grade to research what scientists have discovered (science), to find solutions to real life problems (engineering design), while developing math skills and technological skills is incredible,” says All Saints STEM teacher, John Cook.
“The students are using critical thinking, collaboration, communication (writing and oral presentations) and creativity. All of these skills embedded in STEM classes actually improves student academic performance in ALL subjects.”
In their weekly STEM classes, PreK-7 students are actively involved in learning appropriate grade level science content which they collaboratively utilize in real-life engineering design activities. Content, concepts, and skills are developed from the Next Generation of Science Standards. (NGSS)
8th grade students are actively involved in NGSS aligned lesson plans 5 days a week, which includes science concepts, engineering design activities, math and technology. As part of their preparation for high school, 8th graders are assigned a Capstone project, where they are required to find a solution for a real-life problem. This project is introduced at the end of 7th grade and students work on it throughout their 8th grade year in conjunction with an expert mentor. In May students present and demonstrate their project to a panel of judges from area high schools. Scholarships are earned by the best adjudicated entries.
All Saints also offers after-school Robotics Clubs where students as young as kindergarten use step-by-step 3D building to create and bring EV3 robots to life with an intuitive and icon-based programming interface.
First Lego League teams in grades 4-8 research a real-world problem such as food safety or recycling and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot and then compete on a table-top playing field. All Saints competed with 26 other area school league teams last year.
All Saints Catholic School is located at 139 West Rocks Road, Norwalk. For more information, visit allsaintsnorwalk.com or call 203-847-3881 to schedule a tour.