Stepinac High School to Showcase Newly Expanded 5,000 Square-Foot STEAM Center Wing and 5 Additional 21st Century Classrooms at Fall Open Houses, October 18 and 22
Prospective parents and students will be among the first to tour Stepinac High School’s newly expanded 5,000 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) Center Wing and five additional 21st Century classrooms at the Fall Open Houses, October 18 and 22.
The renowned all-boys Catholic high school’s single largest expansion to date of its advanced technology-rich, real-world learning environment, which was undertaken this summer, will be showcased during the Open Houses. The first will be held at 5 PM, Wednesday, October 18 and the second on Sunday, October 22 with presentations at 12 noon and 1:30 pm. RSVP required at www.Stepinac.org.
The new STEAM Center Wing is dedicated to the STEAM real-world learning curriculum to meet the students’ increased interest in taking their specialized academic studies to the next level. Stepinac’s outstanding STEAM Program was awarded the prestigious Executive Leadership Award from Fordham University Graduate School of Education.
The expansion of the STEAM space included the conversion of an unused locker area into break-out spaces for flexible and small-scale instruction. In addition, 1,000 square feet of new space was created to house a 3-D Printing Design Center; an Interactive Anatomy Lab where health sciences students can explore the complexities of the human body in meticulous detail and an additional Makerspace where engineering and architecture students can turn their ideas into reality. All the additions are fully integrated with state-of-the-art technology including BenQ smart interactive displays.
The five additional cutting-edge learning spaces, named Active Learning Centers, are modeled after Columbia University’s non-traditional, 21st century classrooms. Stepinac now boasts a total of 9 Active Learning Centers comprising about 5,400 square feet of space that “create a singular, one-of-a-kind learning experience for all students, unlike anything in the region,” said Paul Carty, Principal. “The Centers help improve academic performance by heightening interactivity between the student and instructor and between students themselves when they collaborate in their project-based learning curricula."
Stepinac introduced its first Active Learning Center in 2019. The renowned all-boys Catholic high school subsequently transformed three other traditional classrooms before embarking on the recent improvements which got underway soon after the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
In 2021, Stepinac not only unveiled the STEAM space but several other real-world learning technologies including the Leonardo Adult Patient Simulator, 3D Anatomage Table and Finance Center, a 1,500 square-foot space featuring LED ticker displays in real time used daily by newsrooms, financial wealth management firms and university business schools. In addition, the new finance lab allows for the integration of the Bloomberg Terminal and Bloomberg Market Concepts into the curriculum. Students will then graduate with a Bloomberg certificate.
Fr. Thomas Collins (Class of ’79), President, said: “These latest major improvements, including the transformation of existing classrooms and other spaces, dramatically underscore Stepinac’s commitment to empower our students with the innovative technologies and skills they need to succeed at college and in their future careers.”