STEM education and a new STEM lab instructional space were introduced into the AAA curriculum during the 2010-2011 school year as part of its commitment to the school-wide goals. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. What it teaches, however, is far greater than the sum of its parts. We want our students to be broad-minded and cultured individuals, and we believe that science and math fluency forms part of being a fully engaged global citizen who shares responsibility, appreciates global interdependence, is capable of dynamic creativity, and is committed to human empowerment. We are convinced that there are student abilities and gifts that would be left untapped if technology and engineering tools were not included in our curriculum.
For this reason, Ancillae-Assumpta Academy has created a STEM lab as the geographical center of a school-wide commitment to STEM education. A STEM curriculum provides a strong academic foundation rooted in the knowledge used to solve complex problems and reflects an interdisciplinary approach to learning. It offers students the opportunity to make sense of the world around them, rather than learn isolated bits and pieces of subjects in separate forums. It allows students to use materials to build and technology to design in ways that highlight their unique styles of expression. It reaches out to tactile and kinesthetic learners, allowing students who might not shine in traditional classroom instruction, sports, or fine arts to have a place to experience achievement. While science and math are traditional curricular elements that are being enriched and broadened by the STEM initiative, engineering and technology are curricular areas that have historically lacked the same emphasis. By acknowledging student aptitude and achievement in these fields, Ancillae-Assumpta Academy will empower these students with the awareness that their gifts are valued and important.